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Graphic element for CBEES - the Centre for Baltic and East European StudiesThe Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) is tasked with stimulating, coordinating and developing Södertörn University’s research and doctoral education. It has a particular focus on studies of the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe and conducts its own research.

Since it was founded in 2005, CBEES has become a strong and thriving multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is a hub for cooperation throughout the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, organising international conferences, seminars and workshops. The researchers’ expertise is in demand both within academia and in public debate. Research in the area is reflected in the international Baltic Worlds journal.

Many international visiting researchers have passed through the centre of the years, and more than 90 doctoral students have studied at BEEGS, the Baltic and East European Graduate School.

CBEES Newsletter

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June 2018

Letter from Irina Sandomirskaja, Baltic Sea Professor at CBEES


Dear reader,

When bad times come, one gets a strong feeling of déjà vu: I have already seen this, and I was hoping “this” would never return, but now it is here. The sense of déjà vu possesses everyone around me who has lived through the Cold war and whose parents survived WW2. The Swedish government declared Emergency Preparedness Week from 28 May 28 to 3 June, and the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency is distributing a booklet called If War or Crisis Comes to every family. The booklet tells every family what to do in case of IT attacks (that are already underway) or terror, or extreme weather or, in the worst-case scenario, war. Such booklets used to come in the mail every year when my Swedish friends were children. Then they stopped. Now we have them again, and I and the neighbours in my building have started to realise that the long ignored cold food storage in the cellar may be used in the future to keep potatoes and fresh water, and the nuclear fallout shelter underneath will probably no longer be suitable for dumping disused bikes, children’s beds, and old toys.

The past is dangerous stuff. It has the ability to make hallucinatory, haunting returns. As if to strengthen the already chilling sense of déjà vu one gets with the mail, the European Union has proclaimed 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage. While the European project is undergoing its worst crisis ever, and civil contingency agencies are trying to eradicate the ghosts of the Cold War by appealing to the long-forgotten principles of civil defence, European bureaucracy is celebrating our ability to contain the past and manage its destructive power by cultivating historical monuments and running more and more institutions using collective memory.

It is with a sense of European solidarity and not without a drop of black humour that CBEES is joining this initiative. The CBEES 2018 Annual Conference in November will be dedicated to developing critical perspectives on the legacies of European traditions from 1918 and 1968. Two international symposia in May and June will specifically address the problems of the appropriation of the past and the related matters of value production, memory, and historical justice.

In the latest issue of the Baltic Worlds, we are publishing a cluster of articles dealing with the question of how collecting and preserving objects from the past protects the world from scattering and disintegration.

We are planning to continue with our activities during the autumn semester 2018, against the scatter of the world. In the meantime, have a nice summer!

Kind regards,

Irina Sandomirskaja

Advanced seminars – Autumn 2018

17/09/18 Harvest day: Book presentations 

24/09/18 Adrian A. Selin and Ilona V. Iablokova: Scope of Customary Law in Novgorod 1584 - 1616

Call for papers

20/9-21/9 International Workshop “Voters and Political Parties in Post-Communist Europe: New Challenges and Opportunities”

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Birgitta Almgren:

Kungl.Bibl. KB, Stockholm, 22 februari 2017: ”Bevakade av Säpo och beskyddade av Stasi – kärlek, passion och politik i skuggan av kalla kriget.” (in Swedish)

Forum för levande historia, 27 april 2017. Medverkan i panelsamtal om DDR under ledning av Maria Griehsel och Liv Heidbüchel journalist på Sveriges Radios Ekot.


Book: Gendering Nationalism: Intersections of Nation, Gender and SexualityThis chapter analyzes how narratives of homosexuality are articulated in relation to domestic perceptions of Russia’s international role. While Russia’s recent turn to “traditional values” is an effort to delineate Russia from the West and position the country as a leader in a transnational conservative alliance, at the heart of this geopolitical project is a contradiction which stems from Russia’s historically ambivalent relation to Western modernity and its own Oriental Others.

Edenborg, Emil, ”Homophobia as Geopolitics: ’Traditional Values’ and the Negotiation of Russia’s Place in the World”. in J. Mulholland – N. Montagna – E. Sanders-McDonagh (Eds.) Gendering Nationalism: Intersections of Nation, Gender and Sexuality. London: Palgrave, 2018.


It‘s Dynamite! Der Nobelpreis im Wandel der Zeit


Almgren, Birgitta. ”Der Nobelpreis – ehrenvolle wissenschaftliche Auszeichnung oder unfreundlicher Akt? Wissenschaft zwischen Integrität und Anpassung“.  In Hansson N, Halling T (Red.). It’s Dynamite – Der Nobelpreis im  Wandel der Zeit. Cuvillier, Göttingen 2017. S. 27-37 (in German)






Gilda Hoxha,

Gilda Hoxha, "Albanian November, Students Calling", Baltic Worlds Vol XI:1, 2018, pp 25-35

Almgren, Birgitta: ”Fängslad för sin önskan att ta emot Nobelpriset”. In: Svenska Dagbladet, Understreckare 10 december 2017 (in Swedish)

Almgren, Birgitta: ”Nazistiskt inflytande över svensk historieskrivning.” Idé och Debatt, in Historisk tidskrift 137:3, 2017 (in Swedish)

Baltic Worlds

Baltic Worlds - Issue 1, 2018 Issue 1, 2018 is now available Open Access at Baltic Worlds´ web page. The theme section is guest edited by Irina Sandomirskaja and Carl Marklund and is titled "Against the Scatter of the World. Rescuing, keeping and moving things".