SGMH Communication assistant: Pierre Van Cutsem (he/his) holds two Master’s degrees from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) (in Germanic languages and literatures (2015) and Slavic languages and literatures (2018). He is a scholar and translator of Polish weird fiction writer Stefan Grabiński. Pierre is currently a PhD student at the doctoral school of the Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach (Poland).
The BASEES Study Group for Minority History (SGMH) is a forum devoted to the study of minority groups in the national and regional histories of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe from the Napoleonic Wars to the contemporary past. Its key aim is to assist scholars, currently working in this area of inquiry by fostering international networks to help promote and share their research. It also seeks to encourage collaborative forms of scholarship across different aspects of minority history such as the evolution of identity, diaspora-formation, inter-communal engagements, the development of cultural institutions, relations with states and state actors and the impact of regional conflicts. In addition, the SGMH aims to encourage the use of new methodologies, interdisciplinary scholarly approaches and theoretical frameworks in the study of minority groups.
The SGMH main activities include:
- a biannual 2-day workshop allowing scholars to present and receive feedback on their current research;
- events organised through the BASEES Annual Conference including panels, roundtables and symposia;
- publication of papers presented at the SGMH events in relevant peer-review journals, as well as non-specialist publications dedicated to the on-going research in the field.
The SGMH is open to all scholars working in relevant research areas at academic institutions from across the UK and internationally. Registration and membership are free. For further information, membership inquiry and/or to join our mailing list please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Samuel.email@example.com.
Membership in the group is free.
The Study Group will launch with an inaugural symposium ‘Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe’, will take place at Birkbeck in June 2021