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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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NEW: IARCEES are delighted to announce that Prof Judith Devlin, of UCD, and Prof Geoff Roberts, of UCC, both long-standing members of the Association, will be conferred Honorary Life Membership of IARCEES in recognition of their services to the development of Russian and Slavonic Studies in Ireland. The conferral will take place at the end of the seminar.


“1918 and the Old-New Europe”
IARCEES Seminar,
NUI Maynooth,
18–19 October 2018

1918 seminar

Seminar programme

The Armistice of 1918 and the subsequent re-organisation of East-Central Europe into a region of nation-states is an historical moment hardly less revolutionary than the events in Russia the preceding year. In the centennial year of these important transformations, we propose a workshop that re-visits 1918. A series of panel sessions will discuss different perspectives and approaches for understanding the important changes that took place in the region at this time, focussing especially on transnational connections, structural and historical continuities, and marginal voices that have been fully or partially concealed by the emphasis on a national tabula rasa in 1918. We contend that 1918 is an ambiguous and contradictory pivot, one which created an ‘Old-New Europe’ caught between the forces of the imperial past and those of the national future.

The workshop was made possible through generous support from the Decades of Commemoration Committee at Maynooth University, the Irish Association of Russian, Central, and Eastern European Studies, the Embassies of the Czech Republic (Czechia) and Slovakia, and the Jean Monnet Chair (Professor John O’Brennan) at the Centre for European and Eurasian Studies), Maynooth University.

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