COSEELIS conference 2019

We are happy to announce that the Registration form and the Conference Programme are now available.

Registration form-2019-St Anne’s

Programme – COSEELIS Conference 2019

Please register by 15 April 2019 and pay before 15 June 2019

Hope to see you in Oxford in July.

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Directory of UK Institutions and Libraries with expertise and resources related to Central East European and Slavonic Studies

Many thanks to Gregory Walker for compiling a Directory, which one can find on the page What we do .



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Staying European. ABDOS conference Call for papers


The 48th International ABDOS Conference entitled

“Staying European – The role and responsibility of libraries for the
preservation, accessibility and propagation of European cultural heritage”

will take place in the Hungarian capital Budapest from 27th to 30th May 2019.

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) and the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The conference venue will be the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at Arany J. u. 1, 1051 Budapest, Hungary ().

In the framework of the conference the General Assembly of ABDOS will take place. As part of the conference library visits and an excursion are planned.

The conference program will focus on the interrelationship between valuable collections, modern technologies and controlled metadata. The organizers therefore request proposals for academic papers, presentations as well as short contributions on the following topics:

  1. A European view of looted cultural heritage materials
  2. Bringing dislocated materials virtually together again
  3. Bibliographic work and cooperation today and in future
  4. Digitization projects from an academic view point
  5. Bibliometrics and scientometrics from a European perspective
  6. Open Access – wishes, dreams and realities
  7. Free topics

The conference languages will be German, English and Russian. As a courtesy to our international participants speakers are encouraged to make the power point presentations accompanying their papers available in English.

The conference fees are 70 Euros for ABDOS members, 90 Euros for non-members and 400 Euros for commercial participants. This will include catering during the coffee breaks and lunch.

Please send proposals for papers/presentations (20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion) or shorter contributions (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion) until 16th February 2019 to

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

We plan to publish the 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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SOLANUS online

We would like to share our exciting news with all our colleagues: SOLANUS: International Journal for the Study of the Printed and Written World in Russia and East-Central Europe has been digitised and is now available via the UCL SSEES depository:

SOLANUS 1966-1985; New Series 1987-2013

PS. We have noticed that vol. 23 (2013) is missing at the moment, but this will be fixed shortly. 🙂

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Inscriptions by Bunin, Teffi, and Tolstoi on display in Cambridge University Library

Visitors to Cambridge University Library can enjoy a display of Russian literary publications featuring handwritten dedications for one more week.  Out of the shadows : post-1917 Russian emigration rediscovered was curated by Vera Tsareva-Brauner of the Cambridge’s Slavonic Studies Section.  Vera found the first of the dedications while researching Nobel laureate Ivan Bunin, an unearthing which led to the five other inscriptions being brought to light again.  It is wonderful to be able to celebrate these re-discovered treasures.

The exhibition marks the centenary of the start of the Russian Exodus. Following the revolutions of 1917, as many as three million people fled their native land, among them many of the best representatives of early 20th-century Russian culture. Most of the émigrés, including the writers Ivan Bunin, Aleksei Tolstoi and Nadezhda Teffi fled to Western Europe, where their determination to preserve their cultural heritage saw the effective creation of a Russia Abroad. The books which feature in the physical and online exhibition and which have never been shown before have original autographs by Bunin, Teffi, and Tolstoi.

The exhibition follows the year-long Revolution : the First Bolshevik Year exhibition, to which Cambridge students and library staff contributed captions.  COSEELIS 2018 attendees who came to the University Library to look at some of that exhibition’s items will remember the book signed by Wrangel/Vrangel’ (another extraordinary find on the Library’s open shelves).  A blog post about that item can be found here.

The physical Out of the Shadows exhibition will be on display in the Library’s entrance hall until 30 November 2018.  The permanent online exhibition can be accessed here:

Mel Bach

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