ACLS Humanities Program in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine

Annual Regional Meetings


The Humanities Program in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine organized annual meetings in the region, modeled on the annual meetings of ACLS member societies. The location of regional meetings was moved across international borders and institutions to reach as many academic communities as possible.

Each regional meeting consisted of panels for award recipients to present their work in progress and advisory sessions for recommendations concerning regional cooperation in the humanities.

  • 1999 – Warsaw University, Poland
  • 2000 – Lviv Theological Academy and Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Ukraine
  • 2001 – The European University in St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation State Archives, and the Hermitage Museum, Russian Federation
  • 2002 – Pecherska Lavra and Kiev-Mohyla National Academy, Kiev, Ukraine
  • 2003 – European Humanities University (Minsk) and Belarusian State University, Belarus
  • 2004 – Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • 2005 – Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine
  • 2006 – Rostov-on-Don State University, Russian Federation
  • 2007 – Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine
  • 2008 – Kazan State University, Tatarstan, Russian Federation
  • 2009 – Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine
  • 2010 – Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

Meeting Agendas

2000 Lviv  2005 Kharkiv (PDF)
2001 St. Petersburg  2006 Rostov-on Don (PDF)
2002 Kyiv  2007 Kharkiv (PDF)
2003 Minsk  2008 Kazan  (PDF)
2004 Moscow  2009 Lviv (PDF)

Purpose of Annual Regional Meetings

Although the mission of the Humanities Program is to distribute research grants to individuals, this goal could not be accomplished without the active engagement of a wider community of scholars. These scholars have played a crucial role as advisers, helping in program design, publicity, and the review of applications.

Annual regional meetings provide a forum for this community to discuss program progress and the program’s effects on the development of humanities scholarship in the region. The meetings also allow recipients of ACLS grants to present their ongoing research in a critical yet collegial setting.

An important ancillary purpose of the annual meetings is to encourage and enable a reflection on appropriate standards of quality in research. Such shared standards are, of course, essential to the process of peer review through which Humanities Program competitions determine research awards.

Format of the Meetings

ACLS annual regional meetings are modeled on the conventions of the constituent learned societies—for example, on the convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. ACLS meetings are more modest in scope than those conventions but share many components: small meetings devoted to particular disciplinary or organizational issues, plenary sessions on topics of general interest, and panel sessions at which scholars present their work in progress.

Meetings of the Humanities Program have been held in a different city every year: in Lviv, Ukraine (2000); in St. Petersburg, Russia (2001); in Kiev, Ukraine (2002); in Minsk, Belarus (2003); and in Moscow, Russia (2004). Each has taken take place on the premises of an institution with which the ACLS Humanities Program has close working relations.

Language Policy

ACLS welcomes the use of all three relevant Slavic languages at its meetings: Belarusian, Russian, and Ukrainian, according to the preference of the speaker and the appropriateness of the language to the topic discussed. To assist intelligibility among languages, all speakers are asked for abstracts of their presentations, with a translation either into English or Russian. The abstracts on this website are presented as pairs: if the original is Belarusian or Ukrainian, the translation is into Russian; if the original is Russian, the translation is into English.