Aleksanteri Conference, 24 -26 Oct 2018

Liberation - Freedom - Democracy? 1918 - 1968 - 2018. The name of the 18th Annual Aleksanteri Conference nicely wraps up the central questions of the three-day conference convening in Helsinki this week. The thorny path of the Eastern European countries didn't necessarily lead to democracy after all.

Close to 400 scholars of Russian and Eastern European studies from all over the world are expected to fill the University of Helsinki's Main Building from Wednesday to Friday this week. 

The programme of the 18th annual Aleksanteri Conference consists of three plenary sessions and seven panel sessions with seven to ten parallel panels, altogether encompassing more than 200 individual presentations. Complementing academic activity, the conference programme also includes cultural events such as meetings with authors Masha Gessen and Jelena Tšižova, an interview and gig with Serbian rapper Marčelo, photo exhibitions from 1968 Prague, Berlin and Helsinki and screening of documentaries such as Jaak Kilmi's "Disco and Atomic War".

Opening words of the conference will be spoken on Wednesday 24 October at 13:00 by Professor Emerita Marju Lauristin, who has played a huge role in Estonian politics since the 1970's and lately in the European Parliament. In the following three days, we will hear keynote addressed by such inspiring scholars as Grzegorz Ekiert, Katrin VoltmerVeljko Vujačić, Susan E. Reid, Maria Mälksoo and Stephen Hutchings

The programme of the conference, as well as the abstracts of all presentations and other information is published on the Conference website. While the registration deadline has already passed, feel free to see if there are still available seats in the sessions that meet your interests!