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Dear readers, welcome to our blog. Here, you can subscribe to receive weekly updates on the most recent publications and academic events relevant to the field of minority studies in the Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. If you wish for your event or most recent publication to feature in our blog, please get in touch on sgmh.basees@gmail.com

Episode 4: The Minority Question in Poland: Past and Present

Tomasz Kamusella (University of St Andrews) in conversation with Olena Palko In this episode, Tomasz Kamusella, Reader in European History at the University of St Andrews, talks to us about the national and minority questions in modern Poland. Focusing on Poland’s language and minority policies from 1918, Tomasz considers how Polish nationalism came to defineContinue reading “Episode 4: The Minority Question in Poland: Past and Present”

Episode 3: Minorities in Interwar Romania and the Rise of Fascism

In this episode, Raul Cârstocea, Lecturer in European History at Maynooth University and Honorary Fellow at the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester, talks to Roland Clark (University of Liverpool), about historical antisemitisim and the rise of fascism in interwar Romania. He discusses the dramatic expansion of Romania’s borders followingContinue reading “Episode 3: Minorities in Interwar Romania and the Rise of Fascism”

Episode 2: Minority Protection and Population Transfers in interwar Europe

Michal Frankl in conversation with Matthew Frank (University of Leeds) In this episode, Michal Frankl, principal investigator of the ERC-funded project “Unlikely refuge? Refugees and citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century” at the Masaryk Institute and Archive of the Czech Academy of Sciences talks to Matthew Frank, Associate Professor in International History atContinue reading “Episode 2: Minority Protection and Population Transfers in interwar Europe”

New Article Alert

Palko, O. (2021). “Poles of the World Unite”: The Transnational History of the 1929 World Congress of Poles Abroad in the Context of Interwar Soviet–Polish Rivalries. Nationalities Papers, 1-21. doi:10.1017/nps.2021.39 By investigating the information and propaganda campaign surrounding the election of delegates to the 1929 World Congress of Poles Abroad, this article seeks to elucidateContinue reading “New Article Alert”

Podcast Series: Eastern Europe’s Minorities in a Century of Change. Episode 1 has been released

“Eastern Europe’s Minorities in a Century of Change”, a podcast series on the history of minorities and minority experiences in twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe prepared by the BASEES Study Group for Minority History to mark the Institute for Historical Research’s centenary. Episode 1: Greeks and Muslims in the Classical Ottoman Empire Samuel Foster inContinue reading “Podcast Series: Eastern Europe’s Minorities in a Century of Change. Episode 1 has been released”

Podcast Series Announcement: “Eastern Europe’s Minorities in a Century of Change”

To mark the Institute for Historical Research’s centenary, the BASEES Study Group for Minority History is proud to present ‘Eastern Europe’s Minorities in a Century of Change’, a podcast series on the history of minorities and minority experiences in twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe. While often presented as simply long-suffering victims of historic persecution, thisContinue reading “Podcast Series Announcement: “Eastern Europe’s Minorities in a Century of Change””

Special Issue Preview: Contested minorities in the ‘New Europe’: national identities in interwar Eastern and Southeastern Europe, National Identities, 2021, Vol.23, No.4

Among the many challenges facing the new, or enlarged, nation-states that arouse on the territories of the former empires of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe in 1918, few were as vexing or complex as the minorities’ question. During the First World War, both the Entente and Central Powers attempted to win the loyalties of variousContinue reading “Special Issue Preview: Contested minorities in the ‘New Europe’: national identities in interwar Eastern and Southeastern Europe, National Identities, 2021, Vol.23, No.4”

Giuseppe Motta (2021): Rejection, accommodation, disillusion: the responses of Magyar intellectuals to the unification of Transylvania with Romania, National Identities, 2021, Vol.23, No.4

Transylvania has a special place in European history, not only for its Western literary image as the land of Dracula, but for the role that this region has played either as a meeting point of cultures, or as bone of contention between opposing nationalisms. During the twentieth century in particular, the Romeno-Hungarian political controversy notContinue reading “Giuseppe Motta (2021): Rejection, accommodation, disillusion: the responses of Magyar intellectuals to the unification of Transylvania with Romania, National Identities, 2021, Vol.23, No.4”

Petru Negura (2021) Nation-building and mass schooling of ethnic minorities on the Romanian and Soviet peripheries (1918–1940): a comparative study of Bessarabia and Transnistria, National Identities, 23:4, 433-454

In this paper, I examine the public primary education of ethnic minorities and local responses to schooling in rural areas in two neighbouring regions, Bessarabia and Transnistria, during the interwar period (1918-1940), under the Romanian and Soviet administrations, following the separation of these regions from the Tsarist Russian Empire. Both countries were considered ideologically antagonisticContinue reading “Petru Negura (2021) Nation-building and mass schooling of ethnic minorities on the Romanian and Soviet peripheries (1918–1940): a comparative study of Bessarabia and Transnistria, National Identities, 23:4, 433-454”

Keynote address: Mark Levene, “Prequel to global catastrophe? The dissolution of ‘minority’ peoples through the lens of climate crisis”

Public Lecture by Dr Mark Levene, Emeritus Fellow in History at the University of Southampton, entitled “Prequel to global catastrophe? The dissolution of ‘minority’ peoples through the lens of climate crisis”, the keynote address at the Study Group for Minority History’s inaugural symposium ‘Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe’, held virtually on 25-26 JuneContinue reading “Keynote address: Mark Levene, “Prequel to global catastrophe? The dissolution of ‘minority’ peoples through the lens of climate crisis””

New academic announcements from Sunday 4 July

Dear readers, this week on our blog you can find information, among others, about the following new publications: Paweł Popieliński (2021) Mniejszość niemiecka w III Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej (1989-2019) w procesie integracji ze społeczeństwem większościowym that analyses the experiences of the German minority in Poland since 1989. Aleksandra Grzymała-Kazłowska (2020) Rethinking settlement and integration: Migrants’ anchoringContinue reading “New academic announcements from Sunday 4 July”

Final Conference Programme published

The final version of our conference programme ‘Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe’ is out! Email us on sgmh.basees@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

New academic announcements from Sunday 9 May

Dear readers, this week on our blog you can find information, among others, about the following new publications: Deportacje Górnoślązaków do ZSRS w 1945 roku. Teka edukacyjna offers documents and materials on the deportations of Upper Silesians to the Soviet Union in 1945. James Bjork (2020) Flexible Fatherlands: “Patriotism” among Polish-speaking German Citizens during WorldContinue reading “New academic announcements from Sunday 9 May”

Join us for the next UkrSO talk at the University of Indiana (virtual event)

On Tuesday, April 20 at 12pm (EST) our co-organiser, Dr Olena Palko, will be speaking, and taking questions on the topic “Attempted genocide? The Soviet regime and its ‘population politics’ in the early 1930s. The case of the Polish minority”. Link to join Webinar: https://iu.zoom.us/j/83870845745 Abstract: The repressive character of the Soviet regime towards itsContinue reading “Join us for the next UkrSO talk at the University of Indiana (virtual event)”

New academic announcements from Sunday 11 April

Dear readers, this week on our blog you can find information, among others, about the following new publications: New Article by Dosch, Jörn and Lakatos, Malvina. “South Tyrol and Åland: Collective Identity in the Interplay of Old and New Minorities.” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 20 (October 2020): 188– 207 compares the nature and flexibility of theContinue reading “New academic announcements from Sunday 11 April”

‘Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe’: format confirmed

Following a lengthy period of consultation, it has been decided that the symposium ‘Being a Minority in Times of Catastrophe‘ scheduled for 25-26 June will have to take place fully online. Further updates regarding which platform we will be using as well as the timings of panels during the symposium itself will follow soon.

New academic announcements from Sunday 21 March

Dear readers, this week on our blog you can find information, among others, about the following new publications: Mariusz Kałczewiak (2020). Polacos in Argentina. Polish Jews, Interwar Migration, and the Emergence of Transatlantic Jewish Culture that constructs a multifaceted and in-depth narrative that sheds light on marginalized aspects of Jewish migration and enriches the dialogueContinue reading “New academic announcements from Sunday 21 March”

New academic announcements from Sunday 7 March

Dear readers, this week on our blog you can find information, among others, about the following new publications: Freimüller, Tobias (2020). Frankfurt und die Juden. Neuanfänge und Fremdheitserfahrungen 1945–1990 explores the life of the Jewish community in Frankfurt after the Second World War. Articles published online as a part of the special issue entitled ‘ContestedContinue reading “New academic announcements from Sunday 7 March”

“Contested Minorities in the ‘New Europe’”: six articles published online

We are delighted to announce the online publication of six articles which will comprise a special issue, entitled ‘Contested Minorities in the ‘New Europe’: National Identities from the Baltics to the Balkans, 1918-1939’, of the journal National Identities. These contributions are based on papers originally presented at the academic conference ‘Contested Minorities in the ‘NewContinue reading ““Contested Minorities in the ‘New Europe’”: six articles published online”

New academic announcements from Sunday 28 February

Dear readers, this week on our blog you can find information, among others, about the following new publications: Dina Danon (2020) The Jews of Ottoman Izmir A Modern History (Stanford University Press) tells the story of a vibrant and substantial Sephardi Jewish community in Izmir, drawing on previously untapped Ladino archival material. Lecture: Shared Soundscapes:Continue reading “New academic announcements from Sunday 28 February”

New academic announcements from Sunday 21 February

Dear readers, this week on our blog you can find information, among others, about the following new publications: Lidia Zessin-Jurek, Katharina Friedla (red.) (2020) Syberiada Żydów polskich: losy uchodźców z zagłady discusses the ambiguous position of the Soviet Union towards Polish Jews during the Second World War. K. Čapková u.a. (Hrsg.) (2020): Zwischen Prag undContinue reading “New academic announcements from Sunday 21 February”

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