Ghent Center for Slavic and East European Studies (GCSEES)

The Ghent Center for Slavic and East European Research (GCSEES) has been set up to coordinate the various strands of research reperesented by the members of the Slavic branch of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Ghent. At the same time it is our intention to make Slavic research at Ghent more visible to a wider academic public in the field of Slavic studies. Research on Slavic and East European topics at the University of Ghent focusses on four broadly defined fields of investigation:

Balkan Studies
Ethnolinguistics and folklore
Palaeoslavica: Medieval and Premodern Slavic Language and Text Studies
Studies in Modern Russian Literature and Culture

The centerpiece of GCSEES is SEELECTS, a lecture series which was actually started in 2010/11 and inspired the ultimate foundation of GCSEES. SEELECTS is organized alternately by two or more members of our staff, which will seize upon the opportunity to present their field  of research interests to  colleagues and students at the department, but also to a wider public, by inviting eminent scholars from nearby and abroad. At the same time, SEELECTS is one way to keep in touch with current Slavic research outside the confines of our institution with a view to the creation of cross-institutional research ties.

Apart from the four focal points and the lecture series GCSEES supports various kinds of additional research activities, such as the 10th meeting of paleoslavists (2014), Tokyo Symposium on Slavic Minorities and their (Literary) Languages in the European Context and Beyond (2015), a colloquium on history and its manipulation in Russia and Ukraine (2015), the Hokudai Days (2016), a colloquium on Ukrainian nationalism (2016).