Reporter 397, 17 February 1997

Leeds University Centre for Russian, Eurasian and Central European Studies

Introducing LUCRECES: At its meeting on 12 December 1996, Council agreed to the establishment of LUCRECES under the directorship of Professor M J Holman, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, and the deputy directorship of Mr H K Radice, Leeds University Business School. LUCRECES will provide a focus for the widest range of academic staff with academic interests in the geographical area of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe.

Academic Interests: The activities of LUCRECES will be strongly driven by the 3 arts/social sciences posts funded under the HEFCE initiative on former Soviet and East European Studies (FSEES)(1) but will also be determined by the interests of academic staff in sciences and medical fields. LUCRECES will complement the University's range of interdisciplinary centres (particularly in regard to the interests represented in the Centre for European Studies and the Institute for International Studies) and will promote interdisciplinary approaches to research across the broadest scope of academic disciplines. First indications show the presence within the University of Leeds of more than 100 academic staff across 33 academic departments and 5 research institutes with academic interests located in one or more countries in the area of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe.

Academic Activities: LUCRECES will provide opportunities for academic staff and postgraduate research students (and will welcome members of the Colleges of the University(2)) from any discipline to come together at a variety of events (programmes of seminars, conferences and special lectures, including those facilitated by visiting academics) and to explore with one another prospects for the development of:

joint research projects focused on regions within the geographic area covered by LUCRECES;

developing new taught course provision with a similar focus; and

links between the University and academic and other institutions in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe.

Membership and Management: The Officers of LUCRECES now call upon the academic community to enrol as members. Any member of academic staff or postgraduate research student is eligible to join, using the prescribed form (available from Professor Holman, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies). Please return the form by Friday, 14 February 1997. The details offered on the form will be used to create a register of members and to help LUCRECES focus its activities. The Officers of LUCRECES are assisted by an Executive Committee, which includes two seats open to election by and from the register of members.

Current Schedule of Events: LUCRECES has already planned a series of seminars for the current session, with each event taking place at 4.30 p.m. in the Foyer (Floor G) of the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies in the Arts Building. The schedule is given below:

13 February 1997 Hungarian Management in Transition, Dr Laszlo Czaban, Leeds University Business School

27 February 1997 The Impact of Current Events in Afghanistan on Central Asia, Jonathan Lee, Theology and Religious Studies

13 March 1997 Modern Russia's Enduring Byzantine Legacy, Dr John McGuckin, Theology and Religious Studies

24 April 1997 The Russian Media and its 'Time of Troubles', Dr Frank Ellis, Russian and Slavonic Studies

8 May 1997 Russian Identity in the Diaspora, Dr Neil Melvin, Politics

22 May 1997 Nationalism in Central Asia, Dr Chris Wyatt (Cheltenham)

Leeds University Centre for Russian, Eurasian and Central European Studies

Please register your membership of LUCRECES by completing this form and returning it to Professor Holman, LUCRECES, c/o Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Leeds, LS2 9JT by Friday, 14 February 1997.

Name:____________________________________ Department(3):________________________________

Position:____________________________________ Email address:______________________________

(e.g. senior lecturer, research assistant, research student)

Please state which countries in the broad area of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe you have an interest in:


Please provide no more than 5 key words related to your academic interests in these countries:

a)______________ b)__________________ c)________________ d)_____________ e)_____________

Please name any other university centres of which you are a member (e.g. the Centre for European Studies, the Institute for International Studies):


Please name any academic and other institutions in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe with which you currently enjoy links:


What do you hope to obtain from membership of LUCRECES?

a) development of joint research projects?: YES/NO*

* delete as appropriate

b) involvement in new taught programmes (or modules thereof):

i) at undergraduate level?: YES/NO* ii) at postgraduate level?: YES/NO*

iii) in continuing vocational education?: YES/NO* iv) in liberal adult education?: YES/NO*

c) attendance at seminars, conferences and special lectures?: YES/NO*

d) involvement in production and dissemination of publications?: YES/NO*

Are you interested in election to LUCRECES' Executive Committee?: YES/NO*

(1) The three post holders are: Dr J Sutton, lecturer in Contemporary Church-State Relations and Theology in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Ukraine; Dr N Melvin, lecturer in the Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union; and Dr L Czaban, lecturer in Business Development in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

(2) Staff of the Colleges of the University and research students will be associate members of LUCRECES, where the main distinction between associate and full membership is eligibility to hold office in the running of LUCRECES. The Colleges of the University are, Bretton Hall College, College of Ripon and York St John and Trinity and All Saints College.


Please state College as well as Department if you belong to one of the colleges listed above.

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