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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 (1945-2023)

IARCEES wishes to acknowledge the recent death of Professor Stephen White, Emeritus Professor of Politics at Glasgow University and President of BASEES 1994-1997. Hailing from Dublin and educated at Trinity College Dublin, Prof White was a friend of ISA/IAREES/IARCEES and was made an Honorary Life Member of the Association for his contribution to the development of Russian, Central and East European Studies in Ireland during a special presentation at the 40th Annual Conference 2016 at NUIM. Our thoughts are with the White family.

Obituary (Glasgow University)



TCD Public lecture series in Understanding Europe's East

Hungary: Political Leadership cults from Emperor Franz Joseph to the present day

Balazs Apor

Thursday, 11 April 2024, 6 pm, Uí Cadhain Lecture Theatre, TCD

Lecture # 7; series organised by the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, TCD; DU Eastern European Society, DU History Society

Free entry, but please register on Eventbrite



45th IARCEES Annual and International Conference

“Legacies of Cultural Resistance in Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe”, 10-11 June 2024, TCD

Call for papers

Public discourse about Central and Eastern Europe in the wake of the approaching 35th anniversary of the collapse of communism is largely overshadowed by war, economic instabilities, growing social problems and the erosion of democratic values. Such topics have provoked significant scholarly attention in recent years. At the same time, there is an increasing academic interest in forms of resistance, opposition and social protest – past and present. The topic of cultural opposition has remained relatively marginal in such discussions, despite the crucial role culture played in forging intellectual dissent to communist rule in the late socialist period.

Read the complete Call for Papers.

Call deadline: The call for papers is closed.

See the Conference site for the programme and registration.

The AGM will take place on Tuesday, 11 Jun, 5 pm. All members welcome. Please send any motions to the secretary/



IARCEES Marcus Wheeler Bursary 2024

We are delighted to announce the 2024 Call for Applications to the IARCEES Marcus Wheeler Bursary, named in honour of IARCEES founding member, the late Marcus Wheeler, esteemed Professor of Slavonic Studies at QUB, distinguished scholar and author of the Oxford Russian–English dictionary. The award is partially funded by a generous donation from honorary life member, Professor Ronald Hill, and will go towards research-related activity within the geographic and thematic scope of IARCEES carried out by early-career researchers. IARCEES wish to express their gratitude to Prof Ron Hill for enabling the Association to create this bursary, and to Marcus Wheeler's family for agreeing to honour Marcus's contribution to the establishment and flourishing of IARCEES in this way.

Call deadline: 20 January 2024

Application form

For full details on eligibility, the 2024 application and evaluation procedure and deadlines, please download the scheme flyer.



Statement on the war in Ukraine

24 February 2022

We, the committee of the Irish Association for Russian, Central, and East European Studies, scholars of diverse backgrounds and disciplinary interests, condemn with one voice this morning’s military assault against Ukraine. And we unequivocally offer our support and solidarity to all those in Ukraine and elsewhere suffering as a result of this aggression. We are deeply concerned about the human consequences of this military action, consequences which, we fear, will be grave and long-lasting. We can find no explanation – much less justification – for the invasion in the reasons given by the Russian government. It is an assault on the safety and well-being of the Ukrainian people and a basic denial of the Ukrainian state’s sovereignty and democratic existence.

In the coming days and weeks, the IARCEES committee will discuss and make public the ways in which material support can be extended to the many people who will suffer at the hands of this invasion. As an academic organisation we have deep interests in both Ukraine and Russia, and a significant portion of our membership has professional and personal attachments to those countries. We remain committed to supporting all individuals and groups invested in peaceful dialogue and exchange, and we affirm our commitment to keep such lines of dialogue and exchange open.

For today, we wish to reiterate our shock at the invasion and once again express our solidarity with all those who will be adversely affected by it.

John Paul Newman, President.

Jennifer Keating, Vice President.

Balázs Apor, Committee Member.

Katja Bruisch, Affiliate.

Maria Falina, Committee Member.

Jana Fischerová, Committee Member.

Roísin Healy, Committee Member.

Tetyana Lokot, Committee Member.

Aneta Stępień, Treasurer.

Lili Zách, Committee Member.

Statement for download