2023 Symposium

Minorities at War from Napoleon to Putin

(BASEES Study Group for Minority History biennial conference, 2023)

11-12 May 2023, New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania

Day 1: 11 May 2022

9:00: Welcome remarks

09:30-12.00: Session One “The Long Death of the Nineteenth Century”

Chair: Constantin Ardeleanu (New Europe College)

Karina Gaibulina (Independent researcher, Luxemburg), The Polish ‘Siberian Triangle’: Colonial Conquest and the ‘Ideology of Progress’

Masha Cerovic (EHESS, Paris), The Making of an Imperial Frontier: The Russian Conquest of Kars (1877 – 1882)

Igor Despot (Independent researcher, Zagreb), Zadar’s settlement of Arbanasi during the Balkan Wars

Jan Rybak (Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, London), Maccabeus and the Emperor: Jewish Responses to the Outbreak of the First World War in Galicia

12.00-13.00 Lunch break

13.00-15.30: Session Two “East-Central Europe in the Era of the Great War”

Chair: Olena Palko (University of Basel)

Semion Goldin (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), The Russian Army and the Jewish Population during the First World War: Questions about Modernity and Barbarity

Doina Anca Cretu (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences), Jewish Refugees, Encampment, and the Humanitarian Paradox in Austria-Hungary during the First World War

Mikhail Akulov (Nazarbayev University, Astana), The Mobilization of the Black Sea Germans in Romania and Ukraine in 1918

Tomas Balkelis (Lithuanian Institute of History, Vilnius), Belarusians in the Making of Modern Lithuania, 1918-1923

15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

16:00-18:30 Session Three “The ‘Rise of Nationality’

Chair/Discussant: Sergiu Delcea (New Europe College)

Gennadii Korolov (Institute of Ukrainian History of the National Academy of Sciences, Kyiv), The Trap of Non-territoriality in Revolutionary Ukraine: Polish National Autonomy (1917-1918) through an Assessment of its Creators and Contemporaries

Anna Adorjáni (University of Vienna), Hungary: A Laboratory of Minority Protection?

Giuseppe Motta (Sapienza University, Rome), The ‘Jewish Invasion’: Myth and Reality of the Refugee Question in Interwar Romania

Béla Bodó (University of Bonn), “’The Jews are our Misfortune!’ Or Perhaps it is the Ethnic Germans? The Changing Perception of Jews and Ethnic Germans in Hungarian Political Discourse Between 1918 and 1946’

Day 2: 12 May 2022

09:30–10.30: Maciej Górny (Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw), Majorities at war: Transformation of East-Central Europe, 1914-1923.

10:30-13:00 Session Four “Persecution, Occupation and Resistance in the Second World War”

Chair: Raul Cârstocea (Maynooth University)

Cristina Stoica (Western University, London, Canada), Purificare etnică a poporului Român (The ‘Ethnic Purification’ of the Romanian People): The Persecution of the Roma under the Antonescu Regime

Kostis Karpozilos (Panteion University, Athens), Greece in World War Two: Minorities, Space and the Nation

Petre Matei (Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania, Bucharest), Roma Soldiers and Deportees to Transnistria during the Second World War

Anca Filipovici (Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj; Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Vienna), The Memory of Jewish Youth resistance during the Holocaust in Romania

13.00-14.30 Lunch break

14.30–17.00: Session Five: From the Cold War to the ‘End of the End of History

Chair: Samuel Foster (University of East Anglia, Norwich)

Pavlos Ioannis Koktsidis (University of Cyprus), Ethnic Minority, National Partner, Proxy Gadget: The Instrumentalization and Militarization of the Turkish Cypriot Community   

Aleksandar Pavlović (University of Belgrade), The Specters of the Yugoslav War: Minority Responses to State Disintegration

Lesia Bidochko (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv), Crimean Tatars and the Russia-Ukraine Struggle: From Ethnic Cleansing to War

Alexandr Voronovici (Independent Scholar), A Pro-Russia Minority on the EU’s Border: Gagauzia and Moldovan Gagauz in the Times of Russia-Ukraine War

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