Episode 33. Ronald G. Suny: Armenia, Soviet Studies and the Future of Minority History

In our final episode (for now), we talk to Ronald Grigor Suny, the William H. Sewell Junior. Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago. Besides a long-standing reputation for having been an early exponentContinue reading “Episode 33. Ronald G. Suny: Armenia, Soviet Studies and the Future of Minority History”

Episode 32. Petre Matei: Localizing the history of the ‘forgotten victims’: The Roma in Romania

In this week’s episode, Petre Matei (Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania) talks to Raul Cârstocea (Maynooth University) about the history of the Roma in Romania, from the late 19th century to the present. Petre Matei argues for a more nuanced history of the Roma, questioning dominant narratives ofContinue reading “Episode 32. Petre Matei: Localizing the history of the ‘forgotten victims’: The Roma in Romania”

SGMH First Book Proposal Prize

THE BASEES STUDY GROUP FOR MINORITY HISTORY (SGMH) PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK PROPOSAL The Prize for Best First Book Proposal in Minority History will be launched by the BASEES Study Group for Minority History (SGMH) in September 2022 to recognise scholarly excellence among early career academics seeking to publish their original research with aContinue reading “SGMH First Book Proposal Prize”

Episode 31. Timothy Blauvelt & Francis King: Clientelism and Nationality in Early Soviet Abkhazia

In this podcast, Timothy Blauvelt of Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, in conversation with Francis King of the University of East Anglia’s East Centre, considers the early years of Soviet Abkhazia and its well-connected leader, Nestor Lakoba. The discussion ranges over Lakoba’s role in the revolution, his career as the indispensable Bolshevik figure in SovietContinue reading “Episode 31. Timothy Blauvelt & Francis King: Clientelism and Nationality in Early Soviet Abkhazia”

Episode 30. Jakub Beneš: The Rural-Urban Divide in East-Central Europe

Jakub Beneš, Associate Professor in Central European History at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, joins us to discuss the role of peasant communities and anti-urban sentiment in the socio-political landscape of Austria-Hungary, its successor states and the independent Balkans. Challenging earlier characterisations of the peasantry as inherently reactionary, Jakub considers how theContinue reading “Episode 30. Jakub Beneš: The Rural-Urban Divide in East-Central Europe”

Episode 29. Martin-Oleksandr Kysly & Austin Charron: Crimean Tatars and the contested status of Crimea

Episode 29. Martin-Oleksandr Kysly & Austin Charron: Crimean Tatars and the contested status of Crimea In this episode, Austin Charron (University of Wisconsin-Madison, http://www.austincharron.com/) and Oleksandr-Martin Kysly (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) discuss the experiences of the Crimean Tatars before the Second World War and their forced deportation to Central Asia and Siberia in 1944.Continue reading “Episode 29. Martin-Oleksandr Kysly & Austin Charron: Crimean Tatars and the contested status of Crimea”

Episode 28. Natalia Aleksiun: Poland’s Jews in the 20th century

In this episode, Natalia Aleksiun, Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida, discusses the social dynamics of interethnic relations in interwar Poland, particularly in relation to the Holocaust. One of the characteristics discussed is the double marginalisation of Jewish women, which made them more susceptible to discrimination regarding education, professional choicesContinue reading “Episode 28. Natalia Aleksiun: Poland’s Jews in the 20th century”

Episode 27. Catherine Wanner & Julia Buyskykh: Religious Minorities in Ukraine and Poland

Episode 27. Catherine Wanner & Julia Buyskykh: Religious Minorities in Ukraine and Poland In this episode, Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and Julia Buyskykh, Research Fellow at the Institute of History of Ukraine (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine) and co-founder of the Centre for AppliedContinue reading “Episode 27. Catherine Wanner & Julia Buyskykh: Religious Minorities in Ukraine and Poland”

Episode 26. Antony Polonsky: From Apartheid South Africa to Jewish History in Poland

In this episode, Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust History at Brandeis University talks to Jan Rybak, Early Career Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. For several decades, Professor Polonsky has been at the forefront of Polish Jewish historiography. Having grown up in Apartheid South Africa, he came to Poland toContinue reading “Episode 26. Antony Polonsky: From Apartheid South Africa to Jewish History in Poland”

Episode 25. Roundtable: Contested Minorities in the ‘New Europe’

Roundtable participants: Anca Filipovici (Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, in Cluj, Romania), Christopher Wendt (European University Institute in Florence), Giuseppe Motta (Sapienza University of Rome) and Petru Negură (IOS). Among the many challenges facing the new, or enlarged, nation-states that arouse on the territories of the former empires of Central, Eastern and SoutheasternContinue reading “Episode 25. Roundtable: Contested Minorities in the ‘New Europe’”