After two years, we, in the Committee, thought that it would be great to have our annual conference in person.
We hope that for most of us June will be good. Our choice of dates was determined by availability of rooms in the BL.
Here is what we are proposing.
Day 1 – online via Teams:
Committee meeting (11 -13). Committee members, please let me know asap if this is not possible, as we potentially can have a meeting on any day that week.
AGM meeting (14-16)
Day 2 – in-person conference:
British Library, Foyle room
11 -12.30 Ukrainian focus in our collections and projects.
Nadiia Strishenets (BL Chevening fellow). She is working on the project of improving metadata of the Taras Shevchenko digital collection, created as part of Endangered Archives Programme
Katie McElvanney (BL, Slavonic and East European curator responsible for Ukrainian collections) – title TBC
Katya Rogatchevskaia (BL, Slavonic and East European curator) – title TBC (on other EAP resources originated from Ukraine
We are looking for 1 or 2 collection related presentations. Please contact me in case you have any suggestions.
12.30-13.30 – lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Decolonising East European Studies and collections (roundtable?)
Mel Bach (Head of Collections and Academic Liaison / Slavonic Specialist, Cambridge university Library) in absentia
Vladimir Alexander Smith-Mesa (Assistant Librarian Cataloguing & Metadata, UCL SSEES) in absentia
We are looking for more contributions to this panel. Please contact me in case you have any suggestions.
15.00-15.30 – coffee break
Brunei Gallery (SOAS)
16.00 – 17.00 – visit to the exhibition Crafting Subversion: DIY and Decolonial Print (https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/crafting-subversions/). This visit will be led by Dr Pragiya Dhital, curator of this exhibition, who will talk about decolonisation in a wider context.
18.00 – conference dinner. Venue TBC
Please send back your registration forms (attached) by 30 May, so that we could provide lunch, refreshments and confirm dinner reservation. Our treasurer Ildi confirmed that COSEELIS would be able to cover all hospitality costs including dinner. However, we expect that travel and accommodation costs (if required) will be covered by members’ institutions. Having said that, please talk to Ildi and myself in case you might require any further financial support to attend the conference in person and we will see if we can help.
Once again – please come forward with suggestions on long and short presentations for both panels.