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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 70 doctoral students have studied at BEEGS, the Baltic and East European Graduate School.

CBEES Newsletter

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May 2018


Letter from CBEES' doctoral students

Dear reader,

With the end of the academic year quickly approaching, our placement at CBEES is almost over. Although we come from different backgrounds – and countries – and have vastly different research interests, we have all been provided with a home here at CBEES. The exchanges and discussions with experts from various fields, as well as CBEES’s programme of extracurricular activities, such as the series of advanced seminars, have made us feel truly welcome and inspired. As we now move into uncharted territory, we will certainly miss CBEES’s enriching academic environment and the warm and friendly administrative staff.

Our first year as doctoral students started at the Baltic and East European Graduate School’s internal conference in Lidingö. It provided us with a platform for trying out our doctoral project ideas, as well as an opportunity to get to know our new colleagues in a non-formal setting. During the conference we gained important insights into what to expect as doctoral students, learning from the experiences of CBEES' professors and post-docs. Over the course of this year, they have continued to share their valuable knowledge as part of the BEEGS Area Studies course, as well as over coffees and lunches in CBEES' corridor.

The CBEES Annual Conference in November introduced us to the diverse work of many of our colleagues and was fundamental in helping us find our place amongst other doctoral students and junior and senior scholars. Since then, many of us have been involved in activities outside CBEES, such as serving as representatives on the Doctoral Council at Södertörn University and participating in various national and international conferences in our fields. Some of us will be taking part in the upcoming CBEES summer school, which will be held at both Södertörn University and the University of Gdansk and European Solidarity Centre.

For many of us, this first year has been focused on courses and, even though we’re all looking forward to our summer holidays, we all share a sense of excitement about giving greater attention to our theses next year. CBEES’s interdisciplinary atmosphere has been the ideal place for us to start our doctoral degrees; it has provided the means to create a stable foundation for our projects. We collectively view this as an enormous privilege.

Gratefully, we wish all of you a wonderful summer!


Best wishes,

CBEES' doctoral students



Advanced seminars

21/05/18 The Evolution of Antigypsyism in Poland: From Ritual Scapegoat to Surrogate Victims to Racial Hate Speech and Structural Stigmatization?

23/05/18 Changes of European Party Democracies; Higher seminar in Political Science co-hosted with CBEES. Uwe Jun presents his paper "Changes of European Party Democracies"

11/06/18 Twists of Nationalism in East Central Europe: Poland, Czechia, and Ukraine

>> See the spring programme for the CBEES Advanced Seminars


Public defence of thesis

25/05/18 - Public defence of thesis with Maria Lönn: Bruten vithet – om den ryska femininitetens sinnliga och temporala villkor (in Swedish)

01/06/18 - Public defence of thesis with Tove Porseryd: Endocrine disruption in fish


CBEES Conferences and workshops

28/05/18 & 07/06/18 - On Being Missing: Legacy, Heritage, Value, Historical JusticeAn international symposium in two sessions - lectures, presentations and an open discussion:

07-08/06/18 - 2018 Nordic and Baltic Sea Conference on Romani Studies


Call for papers - CBEES Annual Conference 2018

The year 2018 leads our memories to two dates, 1918 and 1968. Each marks a development in the European process, and thereby each constitutes a reference point from which Europe traces back its historical legacy and political legitimacy and starting from which it imagines its futures.

Yet the two dates imply two different Europes, i.e., a Europe of national states or a Europe of democratic integration, one apparently conflicting or even incompatible with the other. Ironically, in the year 2018 marking both of these anniversaries, we can see both these Europes undergoing a deep crisis in what concerns respective legacies from the past.

This conference seeks to address these two mutually contradicting and sometimes paradoxically coexisting forms of legacy. We also invite a discussion about the complicated dynamic in the relation between them from the point of view of their power to provide legitimation for political decisions, for social and cultural engagement, and for the projects of the future.

>> More details about CBEES Annual Conference 2018 - Call for Papers


This book traces the originality of Andrey Platonov’s vision of the Revolution in readings of his works. It has been common in Platonov scholarship to measure him within the parameters of a political pro et contra the October Revolution and Soviet society, but the proposal of this book is to look for the way in which the writer continuously asked into the disastrous aspects of the implementation of a new proletarian community for what they could tell us about the promise of the Revolution to open up the experience of the world as common. In readings of selected works by Andrei Platonov it follows the development of his chronicle of revolutionary society, and from within it the outline of the forgotten utopian dream of a common world. It brings Platonov into a dialogue with certain questions that arise from the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and that were later re-addressed in the works of Maurice Blanchot, Georges Bataille and Jean-Luc Nancy, related to the experience of the modern world in terms of communality, groundlessness, memory, interiority. The book shows that Platonov writes the Revolution as an implementation of common being in society that needs to retrieve the forgotten memory of what being in common means.

Lane, Tora, Andrey Platonov - The Forgotten Dream of the Revolution, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018


This special issue brings together research in history, geography, economics, anthropology, and linguistics, using a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods addressing “mental maps”. It draws on a workshop entitled “Mental Mapping – Historical and Social Science Perspectives”, organized in 2015 by “Spaces of Expectation: Mental Mapping and Historical Imagination in the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Region”, a joint research venture between Södertörn University and Ca’ Foscari University, funded by Östersjöstiftelsen.

Götz, Norbert. Holmén, Janne. Theme issue “Mental Maps: Geographical and Historical Perspectives.” Journal of Cultural Geo-graphy 35 (2018) 2: 157–285.


This book provides a synthetic analysis on the process of European Territorial Cooperation. The first section summarizes the main impacts from ETC experiences. The second addresses the process of cross-border cooperation, and namely its impact in reducing border obstacles and supporting ever growing number of cross-border entities. The third section elaborates on the second most important ETC process (transnational cooperation) with a similar approach. Finally, a last section debates the future scenarios for this process in Europe.

Lundén, Thomas. Border regions and cross-border co-operation in Europe, a theoretical and historical approach. In European Territorial Cooperation, Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Process and Impacts of Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation in Europe, Eduardo Medeiros (ed.), Basel: Springer 97-113.


Gendering Postsocialism explores changes in gendered norms and expectations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The dismantlement of state socialism in these regions triggered monumental shifts in their economic landscape, the involvement of their welfare states in social citizenship and, crucially, their established gender norms and relations, all contributing to the formation of the postsocialist citizen.

Yulia Gradskova & Ildiko Asztalos Morell eds. Gendering Postsocialism. Old Legacies and New Hierarchies, Routledge, 2018.


The Baltic Sea region encapsulates a global trend of increased polarization around LGBTI rights. From having been largely considered a private matter, questions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) have in a short time become hot topics of international political contestation. After the 2014 Sochi Olympics, when Russia was condemned by Western leaders for its treatment of LGBTI people, some have even described the topic of sexuality politics as an emerging dividing line in a new Cold War.

Edenborg, Emil. Has the Baltic Sea become a frontier in a global conflict over sexuality? Baltic Rim Economies, no 1 (2018): 46-47.