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Welcome to the site of the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies, IARCEES. This site provides information about the Association's background and current activities, membership and publications.

The principal activities of the Association are organising an annual conference and publishing the biennial Irish Slavonic Studies. Regular updates concerning the annual conference and other Association affairs are also posted on our Facebook page.

We aim to expand our range of activities and to develop our Association as a forum for anyone with an interest in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and welcome any suggestions and ideas.

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Prof Stephen White awarded Honorary Life Membership of IARCEES

Prof Stephen White


During a special presentation reflecting on the 41 years of ISA/IAREES/IARCEES on the first day of the Annual Conference, Prof Stephen White was made an Honorary Life Member of the Association for his contribution to the development of Russian, Central and East European Studies in Ireland.


AGM announcement and call for nominations

The AGM will take place during the Annual Conference on Sunday, 8 May, at 12:30. All welcome.

Click here for the Agenda, and here for Draft Minutes of the 2015 meeting.

Members are invited to nominate members to the 2016/17 committee, in particular for the post of Secretary.


40th IARCEES Annual and International Conference, ‘Individuals and Institutions in Europe and Eurasia ’, Maynooth University, 6-8 May, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the next annual conference will be held at Maynooth University, from 6-8 May 2016. The conference organisers are committed to ensure the interdisciplinary character of the event, as well as to provide a forum for exchange for members.

Irish-based members of the Association are encouraged to present on their current work and need not restrict their paper or panel proposal to the conference topic.

The conference will start on Friday, May 6, 2016, 16:00, and continue to Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 17:30. The dedicated conference site is here.

Click here for the Conference Programme.

Click here to download the call for papers (PDF, 119KB). This call is closed.


NUIM logoDr John Paul Newman, Dr Elzbieta Drazkiewicz, Mr Hassan Ould Moctar



Belfast account

Please note that following the recent sign-over of accounts after the AGM, we were advised that bank charges have increased drastically. Given that our Belfast account has been close to dormant in the last ten years or more, the Executive Committee took the decision to close that account in order not to deplete funds further, which has now happened. Please make all future payments into the Dublin account. We have also now set up a PayPal facility which will be available on this site shortly.


Special Offer: Irish Slavonic Studies, Vol. 22, 'Stalin: His Times and Ours' (2005, ed. Geoff Roberts)

We are delighted to announce that we have copies of the above book for sale at €10 plus postage (discount for multiple copies).

Please order from the editor.

Cover Special Issue ISS, Vol. 22, Stalin: His time and ours