CRCEES Research Forum'09

Published: 1 December 2012

The Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES) will be holding its third annual Research Forum at the Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, on 14-15 May 2009.

The Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES) will be holding its third annual Research Forum at the Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow, on 14-15 May 2009.

The deadline for proposals is 13 February 2009.

The plan is to have a combination of research panels, plenary sessions and informal workshops in order to explore the five research themes within CRCEES. These are:

  • Aspects of identity and culture and their social, political and economic implications;
  • Economic and social transformation;
  • Political transformation and international relations;
  • Literary, cinematic and cultural developments in the area;
  • The politics of language.

Within these broad schemes, there is much scope for more tightly focused sub-themes, focusing on particular areas of expertise and interest. Given the significance of the anniversary 1989-2009, it would be nice to see some papers reflecting on the changes of the last twenty years. The purpose of the Research Forum remains, however, to celebrate the variety of work being undertaken within the CRCEES network.

The Research Forum will be organised by the CRCEES Research Committee, which is calling for proposals for individual papers or panels, plenary sessions, and workshops. It is particularly keen to involve contributions from post-graduate students; these may either take the form of papers integrated within panels or discreet post-graduate events. Proposals from those outside the CRCEES network will be considered, and included where they strengthen the programme.

The members of the Research Committee are happy to give advice, and all proposals (250 words) should be with its chair, Geoff Swain (, by the deadline of 13 February 2009.

A final programme (PDF format, 561KB) for the 3rd Annual Research Forum is now available.

Provisional programme in PDF format (561KB)

Session 1:

  • Struggling for Communism
  • Images of Central Europe
  • The Discursive Approach to Identities in the Politics of Language

Session 2:

  • Modern Russian Material Culture
  • Gender Issues
  • Energy: the European Union, Russia and Central Europe
  • Round Table for Post-doctoral Students

Session 3:

  • Responses to Global Economic Crisis – a Verdict on "Transition"?
  • Diaspora and Minority Affairs

Session 4:

  • Language Policy and Language Rights
  • Managing Economies in the Post-socialist Space
  • Recent Trends in Literature and Literary History in Croatia and Serbia
  • Round Table for the Formation of a Ukrainian Studies Group

Session 5:

  • 1989 in Retrospect
  • Commodification of "the Dearest": Between Money and Morality
  • Round Table: "Minority" Languages – How Best to Make a "Majority" Cultural Impact? The Cases of Russian, Hungarian, Portuguese and Catalan – Learning From and with Each Other

Session 6:

  • The Foreign Initiatives of the New EU States
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Language Practice and Linguistic Attitudes
  • Round Table – "Ideas that never meet": Interrogating knowledge production, exchange and communication across disciplinary, academic-practitioner and East-West boundaries

Session 7:

  • Plenary Session – speaker to be confirmed

CRCEES Research Forum'09 is open to all.

The fees for attendance are detailed on the Registration Form, and outlined below. Fees are waived for CRCEES postgraduate students.

The registration form must be completed and returned to Ann Mulholland, CRCEES administrator, by 22nd April 2009 even if your fees are covered (see contact details below).

Booking information

Registration Form

Registration forms can be downloaded as a MS Word document (72KB), or in PDF format (62KB).


Rates for registration are as follows:

  Registration Cost   

  Speakers Non-Speakers CRCEES
PG Students
Thu 14th Coffee breaks, lunch & dinner† £20.00  £21.50  Free
Fri 15th Coffee breaks and lunch £7.00  £8.00  Free
Wed 13th B&B accommodation £30.00  £33.00  Free
Thu 14th B&B accommodation £30.00  £33.00  Free
Fri 15th B&B accommodation £30.00  £33.00  Free

†Registration for Thursday 14th includes an invitation to the conference dinner.


Please indicate on the Registration Form those night(s) you require accommodation.

Bed and Continental Breakfast accommodation will be in the Ibis Hotel, 226 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4JS (external website). The hotel is around a 10 minute bus ride away or 30 minute easy walk.

We envisage that most participants will only require accommodation for one night but overseas participants may require an overnight stay on the Wednesday or the Friday.


Payment should be made by cheque and made payable to the 'University of Glasgow'.

Please send completed registration form and payment, if applicable, before 22nd April 2009 to:

Ann Mulholland,
Centre Administrator
Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES)
8 Lilybank Gardens,
University of Glasgow,

Tel.: +44 (0)141 330 8539
Fax.: +44 (0)141 330 5594

Ibis Glasgow hotel is centrally located, close to train stations (Charing Cross) and the M8 motorway. In nearby Sauchiehall Street you can find an abundance of shops, restaurants and pubs.

Hotel Ibis
220 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4DQ
Tel: (+44)141 225 6000

Directions to hotel

For detailed travel information on how to get to the hotel, visit the
hotel website (external website).

The Ibis hotel is around a 10 minute bus ride away, or 30 minute easy walk from the Gilmorehill Centre, the research forum venue.

Print-friendly Bus routes (in PDF Format, 5.3MB) in Glasgow city centre to/from the Gilmorehill Centre and to/from Glasgow International Airport. (source:

Glasgow International Airport

There are regular bus services from Glasgow International Airport to Glasgow City Centre.

For instance, the #500 GlasgowFlyer (run by Arriva buses) can be caught from Stance 1, outside of Arrivals (yellow/green buses) with the first stop on Bothwell Street in Glasgow City Centre being convienient for the Ibis hotel. To return to the airport, the same bus can be caught on Waterloo Street.

As a guide, a return ticket on the #500 is priced £6.50 and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes in either direction (depending on traffic).

Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Glasgow Prestwick is located 32 miles south west of Glasgow City Centre. The airport has regular bus and train services to Glasgow, for details refer to the airport website    (external website)

The Gilmorehill G12 Centre is part of the University of Glasgow and is located at the junction of University Avenue and Kelvin Way.

Gilmorehill G12 Centre
9 University Avenue,
G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 330 5522

The Gilmorehill Centre is E9 on the print-friendly Campus Map (PDF Format, 4.75MB). Forum venues are shown on the campus map in the figure below.

By bus from the Ibis hotel

The number 44 or 44A First bus can be taken from Bath St (before Pitt Street) to University Avenue and the stop outside the Gilmorehill Centre (at Gilmorehill Hall). And returning to the hotel, from University Avenue (opposite Gilmorehill Hall) to Sauchiehall St (before Scott street)

Approximate Bus route from Ibis Glasgow to the Gilmorehill Centre. (source:

By bus from Glasgow city centre

If travelling into Glasgow City Centre the route of the 44 or 44A First bus is along Hope Street, then Bath Street. A convenient bus stop to catch the 44/44A bus is opposite Central Station on Hope Street (opposite Gordon Street). This stop is very close to the Bothwell Street stop on the incoming route of the GlasgowFlyer airport bus.

By underground

If travelling from Glasgow City Centre and using the underground (Buchanan Street station), the nearest underground station to the Gilmorehill Centre is Kelvinbridge station.

Exiting the station on Great Western Road the Forum venue is a short walk. Turning left at the top of the escaltor, walk up the hill. Turn left on to Bank Street. On reaching the traffic lights, cross the road walk straight on and the Gilmorehill Centre is the 2nd building on the left (on University Avenue/Kelvin way).

Useful external links:

First published: 1 December 2012