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 will take place on 10-12 June 2018 under the theme “Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia” and will feature 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.


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.

The first UPTAKE workshop focusing on Russian diasporas took place on March 15, 2016 in Narva, Estonia.
Second UPTAKE workshop focusing on Russian diasporas took place on December 15-16, 2016 in Uppsala, Sweden.
Third UPTAKE workshop on “Ontological Status of Culture and Emotions in Politics and IR” took place on 21-22 April 2017 in Tartu, Estonia.
Fourth UPTAKE workshop on “Whither Liberal World Order? Challenges from Russia, Eurasia, and Beyond” takes place on 2-3 November 2017 in Kent, Canterbury, UK.
Fifth UPTAKE workshop on “Ethnopolitics in Central and Eastern Europe in a State of Flux” takes place on 9-10 February 2018 at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Training Schools

Between 2017 and 2019, the consortium will organize four advanced training schools for PhD students and postdocs affiliated with the three partner institutions. The schools are open to external participants. The calls for participation for the schools will be posted on UPTAKE website.

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 takes place on 9-13 January 2018 at the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies.

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.

Recent visits between the consortium members

16 November 2017: Siobhan Kattago (UT), “Haunted House: Memory, Ghosts and Political Theology in Lenin’s Mausoleum”, at Uppsala.