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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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Autumn 2018

Letter from Joakim Ekman, Director of CBEES


Dear reader,

The present CBEES Newsletter reaches you quite late in the Autumn semester 2018, and the reason for this has to do with an ongoing revision of the whole communication strategy at the Centre. We will continue with the Newsletter in 2019, but probably change the format somewhat. Having that said, we have had an interesting fall so far. Among researchers at CBEES, it has been a good one. Professor Kimmo Granqvist received some 44 million SEK from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for a 6-year research programme on the use of Romani languages (2019–2025). Congratulations to those involved!

The 2018 CBEES Annual Conference is very soon upon us, taking place already on 29–30 November, with an ambitious programme involving a number of very interesting presentations and two keynote lectures, delivered by Irena Grudzinska Gross and Gerard Delanty (consult the programme online). I hope to see many of you there! I am very grateful to Irina Sandomirskaja, Tora Lane and Olena Podolian for organising the whole event!

Please note that this year’s conference actually starts already on 28 November, with a pre-event in the late afternoon: a public talk with the renowned Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova, moderated by Stefan Ingvarsson. I hope to see you there, too!

A lot of other things have happened this fall as well. All the new PhD students have arrived, contributing to a lively atmosphere at the Centre. To all of you, I would just like to say that it is a pleasure having you here! Also, 2018 have seen a substantial development of the CBEES network activities. Since January 2018, CBEES has been involved in ReNEW (Reimagining Norden in an Evolving World), a research hub established to enhance cooperation to develop research about the Nordic region against the background of an increasingly challenging global context. Promoting mobility, exchange, joint conferences, education and outreach activities, ReNEW brings together six Nordic universities: University of Helsinki, University of Oslo, Södertörn University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School and the University of Iceland. The network is funded by NordForsk for six years (2018–2023).

Moreover, since the fall of 2018, CBEES is officially the Swedish National Centre within the Baltic University Programme (BUP). BUP is a network of universities and other institutes of higher education in the Baltic Sea region, that focuses mainly on questions of sustainable development, environmental protection, and democracy in the region. The aim is to support the key role that universities play in a democratic, peaceful and sustainable development. This is achieved by developing joint university courses, support interdisciplinary research cooperation, and by participation in transdisciplinary projects in cooperation with stakeholders in the region (see https://www.balticuniv.uu.se). Researchers, teachers and students from a member university will have priority to take part in all BUP activities. Furthermore, the activities will be free of charge for the member university participants.

In 2019, there will be something of a generation shift at CBEES. The three postdocs that we have had the pleasure of hosting since 2016 – Emil Edenborg, Alina Zubkovych and Maria Brock – are leaving or have already left for other assignments and positions. Best of luck to all of you! CBEES is currently advertising for three new postdoctoral positions; and on top of that, there will be openings for two new research associate positions very soon, please keep an eye on University´s website with vacant positions. Welcome with your applications!


Joakim Ekman

Director of CBEES


Advanced seminars – Autumn 2018 & Spring 2019

10/12/18 Piotr Wawrzeniuk (Swedish Defence University); The Answer to “the Gypsy Question”: Anti-Roma Propaganda in the Press of the District of Galicia and the General Government 1941-1944

>> See the preliminary programme for the Spring semester 2019

Call for papers

Call for paper: Human Trafficking - A Crime with Too Few Convictions and Too Many Victims

The conference will focus on prosecution of human trafficking cases and victim’s rights in legal proceedings and is organized in the framework of the Latvian CBSS Presidency on 21 -22 February 2019 in Riga, Latvia. Download CfP

The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in cooperation with the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at the Södertörn University, Sweden aims to bring together PhD students, researchers and research scholars from European countries and the CBSS Member States to exchange and share their experiences and research results in order to contribute to more e­ffective prosecution of human trafficking cases. 

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 1 December 2018
  • Outcome of reviewing process by: 20 December 2018
  • Deadline for full papers by: 1 February 2019

Baltic Worlds

Baltic Worlds, 2018:2-3Baltic Worlds Issue 2018:2-3 (124 pp) contains contributions from 20 scholars from various disciplines and countries. The rich Special section "Roma in the Balkan Peninsula: Cultural, historical, and sociological dimensions" deals with the Romani paradigm of living in South-East Europe, an area geographically called by and large the Balkan Peninsula, being a bridge between Western Europe and the East. The section is guest edited by Julieta Rotaru and Kimmo Granqvist and comprises six scholarly articles dealing with the history and present of the Roms in South-East Europe, covering a historical time-span from the 19th century to the present time. In an additional interview, five Romani Studies scholars give their views on their own roles as Roma scholars, as part of the academic community, and in relation to the Roma communities.

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