The latest annual update of UTREES, the bibliographical database of university theses in Russian and East European studies, has added a further 202 entries, bringing its listing of 114 years of British and Irish theses in the field to 6039.
The latest additions have been provided by 59 institutions in all, with the largest numbers coming from UCL (18), Cambridge (15), Oxford (14), KCL (12) and Nottingham (11), while 26 have contributed one thesis each. As usual, the range of subjects tackled is impressive. Recent events in the Donbas have attracted several different approaches, and the geographical representation extends from Kazakhstan (shepherds’ relationship with golden eagles in the Altai) to the social media in Belarus, death and injury rates in the Soviet Gulag, and women’s fashions in interwar Bucharest.
A high proportion of the UK doctoral theses listed on UTREES are also recorded on the British Library’s massive EThOS database of British theses. All such entries on UTREES (over 4500) now carry a link to EThOS, which in many cases offers access to an abstract and/or the full text of the thesis.
both personally and on behalf of ABDOS, the sister association of COSEELIS in the German-speaking countries, I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year 2021.
I think that it is in difficult times like the one we have to endure at the moment that one really comes to appreciate the wonderful cooperation and even friendship that exists among many of us and which make our daily work not only more successful but also so much more enjoyable!
Take care and hope to see you soon, Juergen (Warmbrunn) Chair of ABDOS
Our colleagues at UCL SSEES Library, Cambridge University’s MMLL and SPRI library put together special lists of e-resrouces that could be helpful to students and researchers during the lockdown period. They are happy to share them and hear about any additions to the lists.
I hope you and your families are safe and healthy.
I regret to say that as the situation with COVID 19 is getting more and more serious, the COSEELIS Committee took the decision to cancel the conference in June in London. It was not an easy decision to take, but it seems like the most sensible and responsible one in the current situation.
I hope that cancelling the conference in advance will help to minimise uncertainly and your possible financial losses.
We would like to thank all our potential speakers, especially our overseas guests and invited speakers, as well as our hosts, especially SCRSS, London Street Tours and the Polish Embassy for their willingness to participate in the conference programme. We hope to reconvene as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, we hope that if the situation improves we will consider re-planning for the autumn, but for now even that appears too uncertain. Please stay in touch professionally and socially and bear with us in relation to future planning.