Annual Conference

The Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies provides a venue for presenting and discussing results of academic research focusing on politics and societies of Russia and Eastern Europe. The conference features key-note speeches and roundtables on topical issues in addition to conventional thematic conference panels. Co-organized by the three consortium member institutions, the conference is open to the broader community of scholars and stake-holders. For more information on the annual conference, please refer to the conference website.

The 2016 Annual Conference took place on 12-14 June under the title “Europe under Stress: The End of a Common Dream?”. Watch more videos of the First Annual Tartu Conference (2016) here.


The 2017 Annual Conference took place on 4-6 June 2017 under the title “The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later”. The keynote speech was delivered Ronald G. Suny (University of Michigan) on “Lessons of October: The Fate of Democracy and Socialism in the Age of Revolution and Counter-Revolution”. Watch more videos of the conference here.

The 2018 conference took place on 10-12 June 2018 under the theme “Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia” and featured two keynotes by Grzegorz Ekiert, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government and Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University as the keynote and by Catriona Kelly, Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford and Fellow at the British Academy. See videos from the conference here.

The 2019 conference takes place on 9-11 June 2019 under the theme “Communities in Flux: Rethinking Sovereignty and Identity in an Era of Change”. Gerard Toal (Virginia Tech) and Nancy Condee (University of Pittsburgh) will deliver keynotes.


The UPTAKE consortium organizes research meetings and exploratory workshops on themes corresponding to the research interests of the consortium scholars in order to launch new collaborative research projects.

Training Schools

Between 2017 and 2019, the consortium organized four advanced training schools for PhD students and postdocs affiliated with the three partner institutions. The schools were also open to external participants.

The first training school Post-communist transformations, models of development and implications for an emerging multi-order world took place on 15-22 January 2017 at Kent.

The second training school Scrutinizing the Story of Good and Bad Institutions: Post-Communism and Beyond took place on 20-27 August 2017 at the University of Tartu.

The third training school Dividing Lines in Wider Europe: Political and security challenges three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain took place on 9-13 January 2018 at the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies.

The fourth training school Straight Talk about Russia took place on 26 August until 1 September 2018 at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden.

As a result of the workshops, selected papers were published as UPTAKE Working Papers.

Guest Lectures

The UPTAKE Guest Lecture Series offers insights into topical issues and key challenges in Russia and Eastern Europe. Held at the University of Tartu, the series features scholars and experts from the three consortium institutions and beyond.