COSEELIS updates: final programme


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COSEELIS 2018 update: draft programme and registration extension

The conference organising committee is delighted to present the draft programme for the 2018 COSEELIS conference (5-6 July, Cambridge), below.


The organisers are also very happy to announce that we are now able to extend the deadlines for registration to 16 April and payment to 14 May for potential delegates still finalising arrangements.

Details about registration and payment can be found here:

Mel Bach

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ABDOS Conference

Call for Papers

The 47th International ABDOS Conference entitled

“Freely available, networked but nevertheless hard to find –
Information retrieval and academic communication on
East, East Central and South Eastern Europe“

will take place in Leipzig from 7th to 9th May 2018.

The conference will be jointly organized by ABDOS (Working Group of Libraries and Documentation Units for Research on East, East Central and South Eastern Europe), the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig University Library and the Southeast Europe Association (Munich).

Conference venues will be the Leipzig University Library (7th May 2018) and the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (8th and 9th May 2018). and

In the framework of the conference the General Assembly of ABDOS will take place. As part of the conference a workshop, library visits, presentations by vendors as well as an evening excursion are planned.

The organizers request proposals for academic papers, presentations as well as short contributions on the following topics:

– Back strengthening exercises for your library  – lobbying for libraries and information units
– Forms of intensified cooperation between libraries and academia
– Research data management in libraries
– Map collections with a focus on East, East Central and South Eastern Europe
– Leipzig as a centre of printing and a junction between East and West
– Networking: locally – nationally – internationally
– Free topics

The conference languages will be German, English and Russian. In recognition of our international participants presentations in English are particularly welcome.

The conference fees are 40 Euros for ABDOS members, 60 Euros for non-members and 300 Euros for commercial participants.

Please send proposals for papers/presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion) or shorter contributions (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion) until 23 February 2018 to

Dr. Jürgen Warmbrunn
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe
Research library
Gisonenweg 5-7, D- 35037 Marburg

We plan to publish printed conference proceedings in cooperation with the East European Department of the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage.

Further information on ABDOS and the preparations for the conference can be found at

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Registration now open for COSEELIS 2018

(c) Fitzwilliam College

Registration for the 2018 COSEELIS conference is now open!  The conference will take place in Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July.

The deadline for registration is Monday 2 April 2018 [now extended to 16 April*] and payment must be made by Monday 30 April [now extended to 14 May*].

Please note that accommodation at Fitzwilliam is limited to 20 places.  All 20 rooms have en-suite facilities.

For queries about payment, please contact the COSEELIS treasurer, Ildi Wollner, at   For other queries, please contact the COSEELIS secretary, Mel Bach, at

Please find below an A4 version of the registration form and also a letter-size version.

COSEELIS 2018_Registration form

COSEELIS 2018_Registration form_Letter size

A draft programme will be put online in the next couple of weeks.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge!

*edited 22/3/18

Mel Bach

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COSEELIS-2018, annual conference in Cambridge – call for papers

COSEELIS annual conference -2018 is scheduled to take place on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July 2018 at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

This year we would like to bring into focus our rich and diverse non-Russian collections and mark the centenary of the end of WWI. We would like to discuss the consequences of the War and its long lasting impact on Central and East European nations and states.

We invite you to come up with your suggestioCall for papersns for papers, presentations or round tables. We will be pleased and interested to hear from you more about collections and projects related to the theme of our conference. As usual,  we would also like to talk about important every-day activities or any other special projects that you might have and find the themes that are of most interest to our participants. We invite suggestions from all of you on the topics and themes of your interest.


Please note that due to strict cancellation policy of Fitzwilliam College we ask all delegates to returned registration forms by 1 April 2018. By returning the form, you are making a firm booking and committing to payment.  Cancelled bookings will incur cancellation fees in keeping with the cancellation policy (see the registration from).  Payment must be received by 30 April 2018. The registration form and a draft programme will follow soon – we hope to get many interesting proposals.

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