Maria Pitukhina’s profile

Maria Pitukhina, Ph.D. in International Relations received at St.Petersburg State University, 2008. Has been a lecturer of the International Relations Department, at Petrozavodsk State University, 2006-2010 (courses: world politics, decision-making: political perspective, politology, contemporary global problems ). Has worked as a secretary of the Karelian Brunch of the Russian Association of Political Science 2007-2010. In 2010 – 2011 is running a postdoc internship at the Institute for East-Central Europe and the Balkans at Bologna University, 2010 – 2011. She is also managing her own blog

“YOU SHARE – Youth Sharing Memories of Stalinism and its Victims”

From September 27th to 29th, 2010, the city of Faenza hosted an International Forum that concluded the project “Youshare – Youth sharing memories of Stalinism and its victims”. Organized by the IECOB (Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica) in collaboration with the universities of Bologna, Kaunas, Ljubljana, Rijeka and Zagreb, funded by the European Commission and sponsored by the province of Ravenna, the city council of Faenza and the Honorary Consulate of the Slovak Republic in Forlì, the Forum represented the third and most important event of the “Youshare” project. The project’s main aim was to share academic research and young peoples’ perceptions and comments on the subject of Stalinism and its victims.

Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures.


It is with great pleasure that we publish this collection of scientific papers and contributions on Slavic languages and literature presented at the ICCEES Congress held in Stockholm (June 2010). The Congress has showcased that the different disciplines addressed in East European and Eurasian studies are continuously growing and enlarging their thematic and scientific horizons. The ICCEES 2010 Congress mainly focused on issues of Slavic and East European history, politics and economics. However, the interest in Slavic and East European literature and linguistic studies is also rising, as confirmed by the general program of the Congress, where several panels were dedicated to language, literature and cultural studies.

Kosovo: independence, status, perspectives

The book Kosovo: independence, status, perspectives. Adjusting regional policies of ethnicity and borders includes a wide variety of contributions which analyze and clarify the impact of the Kosovo issue in the wider context of the Balkans, particularly in relation to its declaration of independence in 2008. Co-edited by a Serbian and a Kosovar scholar, this volume offers to the reader a rare in-depth understanding of the events that prolongued the deep division of the Western Balkan societies after the NATO air-strikes of 1999 as well as of the search for a new dialogue aimed to strengthen stabilization, democratization and prospective integration into the EU.

17th CEI International Summer School Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood

The Background

The CEI International Summer School “Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood” will take place in Faenza, from Sunday 4th to Saturday 17th September 2011.

Since 1995 the “Europe and the Balkans International Network – Centre for Eastern European and Balkan Studies”, established by the University of Bologna, has been organising a yearly Summer School for post-graduate students from Eastern Europe and from the European Union. Up to the ninth edition, held in 2003, the School was entitled “Post-Communist Transition and European Integration Processes”. Starting from 2004 the School has the title: “Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood”. This title change is explained by the enlargement of the EU towards ten East European Countries in 2004, seven of them belonging to the CEI area that represents the conclusion of the so called “post-communist transition”, at least for this part of Eastern Europe. The recent policy of the EU on “Greater Europe and the new neighbourhood” offers new rooms for an interaction between the CEI and the EU strategic goals, and this will be taken into serious consideration in the School programmes as well as in the selection of the students.

MIREES call for applications for the academic year 2011-2012 is open!

The international Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) is a Second cycle Joint Degree(120 ECTS), conferred by the University of Bologna (Forlì Campus), the Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas, the Corvinus University of Budapest, and the Saint-Petersburg State University. The program is jointly carried out with the cooperation of the University of Ljubljana.

MIREES is an innovative graduate programme, taught entirely in English , unique in Italy and Europe, devoted to students that have a BA background in Economics, Politics, International Relations, History, Agricultural or Cultural studies at large, and would now like to acquire a specialized, in-depth knowledge of the Post-socialist Countries in transition, the new EU member States after the Enlargements of 2004 and 2007, as well as the New East-European Neighbour Countries.

Submit an Article or a Book Review to Southeastern Europe!

We are particularly interested in contributions from a range of contexts and perspectives – political science, history, sociology, law, anthropology, cultural studies – which deal with the region from a national, regional or international perspective.

Articles should begin with an abstract, include up to eight keywords, and should not normally exceed 9,000 words.Book Reviews (800-1,000 words) can also be broadened into Review Essays (2,000 words) from the comparison of two or more books on the same topic or from the same author.

PECOB calls for papers!

Interested contributors may deal with any topic focusing on the political, economic, historical, social or cultural aspects of a specific country or region covered by PECOB.

Potential contributors must submit a short abstract (200-300 words) and the full text, which can be in English as well as any language from the countries covered by PECOB.

Upcoming deadlines for submitting proposals are:

January 31st, 2011
June 30th, 2011
November 30th, 2011


Guida ai paesi dell’Europa centrale orientale e balcanica

A single volume written entirely by Italians on Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, this yearbook is an essential source of consultation, clear and concise, written by leading experts in the field. It includes 24 country sections, from Russia to Turkey, as well as Greece, Cyprus and the European republics of the former Soviet Union, which describe the major political and economic features of each country as well its international relations, and in addition provides a chronology of the most important events. The essays preceding the country sections analyze the causes, evolution and consequences of the international financial-economic crisis which hit the region extremely hard, with significant social and political as well as economic repercussions. The worrying developments assumed by the context in terms of the prospects and stability of global and national financial systems make this yearbook even more important and useful.The Guide is thus a work providing information and critical analysis which, year after year since 1998, updates readers in the form of an essential and basic tool for all those who desire or need, for purposes of work or simple interest, to know the major developments in this part of Europe.

“Europe and the Balkans” International Network

The “Europe and the Balkans” International Network was established by 12 scholars from 4 countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Greece and Denmark) in 1993, thanks to the financial support of the European Commission (Human Capital and Mobility Program).

Since then, the Network has greatly expanded and currently includes over 250 scholars from 36 European countries, the United States and Canada.

The Network has a flexible structure and is coordinated by the Institute for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe.