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CEREES Mini-Series: “Contemporary Debates in Post-Socialist Theory and Practice”


CEREES will be co-hosting and supporting this three-part lecture series on postsocialist theory and praxis organized by Maria Chehonadskih (QMUL) and Neda Genova (Warwick), and featuring Zhivka Barbarianna, Raia Apostolova, and Piro Rexhepi.








CEREES Book Discussion —


Tamara Popic’s Health Reforms in Post-Communist Eastern Europe. 



Dr Eleanor Brooks (School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh)

Dr Allan Sikk (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London)


Wednesday 20 March, 2024








CEREES Book Launch —

Robert Chandler on Andrei Platonov’s Chevengur

Monday 18 March, 2024

Book here: Eventbrite










CEREES Lecture —

Natalya Chernyshova ‘Out of the marshes and into the nuclear age:

the politics of modernisation in late Soviet Belarus, 1965-1980′

Monday 26 February, 2024

Book here: Eventbrite






CEREES Publication —


Health Reforms in Post-Communist Eastern Europe: The Politics of Policy Learning (Palgrave Macmillan)

Tamara Popic

This innovative new study analyses healthcare reforms pathways in the post-communist Europe. Combining insights from comparative politics and social policy analysis, it examines the politics of health reforms in Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and Poland over the three transitional decades, from 1989 to 2019.

The book argues that the post-communist transformation of healthcare policy entailed policy learning, an endogenous process of policy change. This process was driven by ideas rooted in the belief that market mechanisms such as competition and pri­vatisation would solve the problems of the healthcare system, yielding higher efficiency and better allocation of resources. The market ideas emerged already under communism and pathways taken by different countries away from communist-era healthcare system have been shaped by a series of reform initiatives aimed at adapting these ideas in healthcare provision. The success of these initiatives has been influenced by three factors: policy legacies, political competition, and institutional configurations. By challenging dominant views of the post-communist welfare transition, the book offers a novel approach to comparative analysis of health reforms in the region, as well as policy changes more generally.



CEREES Screening —


Katia Izmailova (Valerii Todorovskii 1994)

(with the accompanying launch of: A History of Russian Literature on Film by David Gillespie and Marina Korneeva)

Monday 29 January, 2024







CEREES Publication — 


World Literature in the Soviet Union

eds. Galin Tihanov, Anna Lounsbery, and Rossen Djagalov


This is the first volume to reconstruct and examine Soviet engagement with world literature from multiple institutional and disciplinary perspectives (intellectual history; literary history and theory; comparative literature; translation studies; diaspora studies); the book is a vital contribution to current debates on world literature in and beyond the field of Slavic and East European Studies.






New Study Group:

Soviet Temporalities Study Group

The organisers of the ‘Late Soviet Temporalities Reading Group’ have successfully applied for BASEES Study Group status. The reading group will continue as a core activity of this thriving collaboration.


BASEES announcement: here




Mikhail Osorgin’s ‘The Riven Heart of Moscow

Svetlana Payne

Wednesday 24 January, 19:00-20:30,

ArtsOne 1.28, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road London E1 4NS


Please register your attendance: Eventbrite 






CEREES Call for Papers — 

Call for Papers: Images of the Ideal. Evald Ilyenkov at 100

International conference, May 16–17, 2024, Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung

Organisation: Z. Andronikashvil (ZfL), I. Jacobs (CEREES, QMUL), M. Küpper (Kiel), and M. Schwartz (ZfL)

Enquiries: Isabel Jacobs; Martin Küpper



CEREES Lecture — 

‘The Online Ukraine War: Russo-Ukrainian Social Media Debates on Politics and Culture’

Sergey Zherebkin

Monday 11 December 2023, 18:00-20:00, Queen Mary University of London, Graduate Centre, GC601

Please register your attendance: Eventbrite




CEREES Publication — 


‘”A Past Charged with the Time of the Now”: How Do Radical Movements Sustain a Sense of Past?’


Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History (Fall 2023): 901-920


Dr Andy Willimott







CEREES Presents —

‘Arrested Development: The Soviet Union in Ghana, Guinea, and Mali, 1955-1968’ (Book Talk)


Alessandro Iandolo

20 November, 2023, 6-8pm

Queen Mary University of London, Graduate Centre, GC601

You are warmly invited to this Book Talk on Soviet-West African connections. Please register your attendance via Ticket-Tailor.


CEREES Inaugural Lecture —

The Many Voices of Ukraine: A Multicultural Literary Space in the Context of Empire and War

William Blacker

30 October, 2023, 6-8pm

Queen Mary University of London, Graduate Centre, GC601

You are warmly invited to the newly established Centre for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies’ Inaugural Lecture. Please register your attendance via Eventbrite.

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CEREES Publication — 

‘Time at Home: The October Revolution and Soviet Temporalities

History: Journal of the Historical Association 

(Open Access)

Dr Andy Willimott







CEREES Publication —

‘Between Soviet and Ethnic: Cultural Policies and National Identity-Building in Soviet Belarus under Petr Masherau, 1965-1980

Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History


Dr Natalya Chernyshova






CEREES Conference — 

Ex Oriente Lux: Emigré Culture in Interwar France

1-2 September 2023
Queen Mary University of London

A two-day conference on East European intellectuals in French exile during the wars



Past activities …

CEREES Screenings —

Barbican Cinema, 10.07.23

Prof Jeremy Hicks in panel discussion at screening of Red Africa

Alexander Markov’s documentary on the history of the influence exerted by the USSR over across Africa between 1960 -1990, working from extraordinary archival footage filmed by Soviet operators.








CEREES Screenings —

Famine is a Russian film depicting the 1921-22 famine in Russia and Ukraine and international relief efforts. It has been banned in Russia.









CEREES Publications —

The Conversation, June 19, 2023

Prof Jeremy Hicks, “Famine: the award-winning documentary banned by Russia for its reminder of a cruel past,” The Conversation, June 19, 2023

In October last year, Russia banned a documentary depicting the famine that hit parts of the Soviet Union including Ukraine between 1921 and 1923 and revoked the film’s screening licence. Now the film is to have its UK premiere (with English subtitles) on June 22 in east London. Prof Jeremy Hicks discusses the significance and continuing relevance of famine in light of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.


CEREES Collaboration —

SCRSS Lecture, 4 April 2023: The Wartime Evacuation of Soviet Cinema and the National Question

QMUL-based PhD student Assiya Issemberdiyeva takes a Central Asian perspective to re-evaluate the Second World War evacuation of the Soviet central film studios to Central Asia.




CEREES Publications —

Andy Willimott explores rich history of Soviet Glasnost-era posters, 01/2023

Openness and Idealism: Soviet Posters 1985-1991 looks back at the colourful and radical posters of Glasnost.










CEREES Screenings —

Barbican Cinema,  26 July 2022

Assault (15) + ScreenTalk with film critics Assiya Issemberdiyeva (QMUL) and Savina Petkova (KCL)

New East Cinema

Set in the outskirts of the fictional rural village in Kazakhstan, Assault is an absurdist, chilling look at the maddening hopelessness of living in a corrupted society.

When an anonymous group of masked gunmen storms a rural school and local authorities prove useless, an unlikely rescue squad takes matters into their own hands.

World-weary maths teacher Tazshy, skilfully embodied by Azamat Nigmanov, and his determined ex-wife Lena (Aleksandra Ravenko) lead the self-organised rescue team. They give themselves 36 hours to prepare an attack but, as is often in Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s films their inadequacy and self-obsession prove to be the real obstacle.

This screening is followed by a ScreenTalk with film critic and journalist Assiya Issemberdiyeva and film critic Savina Petkova.



CEREES Book launch —

London Through Russian Eyes 1896-1914: Book Launch, Discussion, Celebration

Edited by Anna Vaninskaya; Translated by Anna Vaninskaya and Maria Artamonova, (Boydell and Brewer, 2022).

When: Monday, November 28, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS



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