Documenting the Political Crisis and Protests in Belarus, 2020-2021

Photograph from L. Lirs, Ia vykhozhu, Plakaty belorusskikh protestov (Warsaw, 2021). Awaiting shelfmark

Over the past few months, the British Library has been actively collecting published works relating to the Belarus political crisis. We have also contributed to a collaborative web archiving project initiated by Liladhar Pendse (UC Berkeley) to document the events in Belarus.

A year on from the contested presidential elections, our blog post Documenting the Belarus Protests, 2020-2021 provides a bibliography of published accounts, reflections and creative responses to the protests. Published outside of Belarus – in Germany, Poland and Sweden – they include diaries, photographs, poems, essays and a play.

Olga Shparaga, Die Revolution hat ein weibliches Gesicht. Der Fall Belarus (Berlin, 2021). Awaiting shelfmark

We will continue to update the bibliography and shelfmark information as more works become available but please do let us know if you are aware of any additional titles. 

Andrei Kureichik, ‘Insulted. Belarus’, translated by John Freedman, in Plays International & Europe, Vol. 35, Nos 9-12 (Winter 2020), pp. 30-45. P.903/1085

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UTREES database now records over 6000 theses

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. 

UTREES is supported by the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA), and is free to use at Additions and corrections are welcome, and should be sent to the Editor at

Gregory Walker

Editor, UTREES

January 2021

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Season’s Greetings!

Dear colleagues,

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

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We are delighted to congratulate our colleague and Committee member Vladimir Smith-Mesa on his new publication ‘The Advent of the Magyar Illusion – Hungary and Cuba: The Cinematic Evidence’ published as a book chapter in ‘Latin America and Hungary – Cultural Ties′, edited by Mónika Szente-Varga (Dialóg Campus, Budapest, 2020).

The eBook is accessible in pdf and epub versions via the link

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Slavonic and East European e-resources: with a special emphasis on free resources and the resources opened for the COVID-19 lockdown period

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.

E-Resources for Slavonic research, also accessible from here

Online Resources for Slavonic and East European Studies

A couple of more resources that are not on these lists:

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