BASEES Annual Conference 2024

Call for Papers: BASEES 2024 Annual Conference, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, 5-7 April 2024 

The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and papers for its 2024 annual conference. BASEES 2024 is being held in-person from the 5-7 April at Robinson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The conference will also welcome remote attendees. The 2023 conference in Glasgow welcomed 700 delegates from over 45 countries around the world. 

The deadline for paper and panel/roundtable proposals has been extended to midnight Friday, 20 October 2023.

To propose a panel or a paper you will need to follow the procedure on this page.

BASEES welcomes paper, panel and roundtable proposals in the following areas: Politics; History; Sociology and Geography; Film and Media, Languages and Linguistics; Literatures and Cultures; Anthropology; and Economics. We particularly welcome proposals that help to push forward the work to decentralise and decolonise the study of the former ‘communist bloc’ of the Soviet Union, East Central Europe and Asia. The conference especially welcomes participation by postgraduate research students and early career scholars.   

The conference organisers also welcome proposals for thematic colloquiums that can be held as part of the conference. If you would like to propose a colloquium, please email the conference organiser at

Remote attendance: 

BASEES is welcoming remote paper presentations. If you wish to attend remotely, please indicate so when submitting your proposal. However, we cannot accept fully remote panels. The Chair of a panel, who can also be one of the presenters, must attend the conference in-person to lead the session and facilitate the discussion. We are operating a limited hybrid model. Delegates registering for remote attendance will be able to present their paper via Zoom and listen into all paper/panels. Full hybrid, i.e. using special 360° camera, mic and speaker equipment, will only be available in a very small number of rooms.

In response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and representation made by our community, BASEES, ASEEES and AATSEEL issued a Joint Statement of Opposition to Banning Scholars Based on Citizenship as well as a Joint Statement Condemning Russian University Presidents’ Statement Of Support For Russia’s Assault On Ukraine. The statements, along with translations in Ukrainian and Russian, can be found on the BASEES website.

As these statements make clear, we want to do everything we can to show our support for Ukrainian scholars and students. We encourage all members of our community who stand against the war in Ukraine to come together and support our students and colleagues.

We therefore have adopted and will implement the following policy for the forthcoming BASEES 2023 conference: 

–          BASEES 2023 will welcome all students and scholars who oppose Russia’s war on Ukraine. Anyone supporting Russia’s war, or justifying it in any way, will not be welcome.

–          Colleagues based in Russia or Belarus will participate in a personal capacity

–          Our established anti-harassment policy will apply

Anti-harassment policy:

The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality, citizenship, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants or staff in any form.

Postgraduate Financial Support

Postgraduate students who present a paper, who are members of BASEES or are joining BASEES, are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the conference. Regrettably, BASEES is unable to provide financial support for travel expenses incurred. Any grant made will be deducted from the registration fees, accommodation and subsistence cost. Postgraduate students MUST NOT apply for funding from BASEES Research and Development to attend the annual conference.

To apply for financial support complete and submit the form below by 1st November 2023.

BASEES 2024 Child Policy

BASEES is committed to enabling members with young children who cannot make alternative arrangements to bring them to the conference. Click here to view the BASEES 2024 Child Policy.

Attendees who are members of BASEES or are joining BASEES and who require assistance with childcare during the annual conference may apply for financial support. If your application is accepted, you will be provided a small grant towards the costs of childcare during BASEES 2024 to support your participation in the conference. To apply for financial support complete and submit the form below