UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, 7th Annual International Postgraduate Conference
How to Participate
Q. How can I take part in this conference?
The deadline for submission of abstracts is now passed. However you are welcome to attend either whole or part of the conference depending on your interests. Details of how to register can be found on this site.
Q. I submitted an abstract before 31 August 2005. How long will it be before I hear if my paper has been selected for the Conference?
All those who submitted an abstract should have already been notified as to whether their abstract has been selected
Conference papers & abstracts
Q. Is it possible to view abstract of papers to be presented at the conference?
These are now on the Conference website and can be downloaded individually now or nearer the time a PDF and Work document containing all the abstracts will be linked to this site
Q. Will all papers presented automatically be published?
We intend on publishing a selection of the presentations given at the conference. The amount we publish will depend on the quality of the paper, the available funds and the availability of a suitable publisher. More information on this will become available during and after the conference.
Q Will there be any social events to accompany the conference?
During the day, you will have the opportunity to socialise in the coffee and lunch breaks. We have also arranged formal receptions for two nights during the conference. We will let you know the details nearer the time. There are also plenty of student pubs and bars around UCL and we can decide to gather there informally.
Q. My abstract has been selected. Will you be able to provide any financial support towards my travel and accommodation costs?
Yes, but you are not likely to receive a full refund for all your
costs. The conference team has raised a certain amount of money to help a
small number of participants meet their travel and accommodation costs. We
have written to all participants to let you know whether you will receive a grant from us
in December 2005.
Q. Is there any other funding available for me to apply for from other sources?
Yes. Please check your own institution first as many tend to have funds to financially support their own students’ attendance at conferences. You might want to speak for example to your Graduate Tutor, who will be able to direct you towards possible funds.
We have also found number of institutions that students have to apply to themselves in order to receive funds. For more detailed information about this, please go to the section on Funding.
Q. What criteria do you use to distribute the available funds?
We are totally bound by the criteria our sponsors set for the allocation of their funds. In most cases, they asked us to spend the money on participants with a certain nationality or researching a particular subject.
Q. Will you organise my travel?
No. We might provide you with financial support, but you have to book your own flights and transport from and to the conference. For more detailed information, please go to the section on How to Get Here.
Q. I have arranged my flights and you have said I will receive a contribution towards this. When will I receive this?
We regret that we cannot reimburse you in advance of the conference. Please remember to keep a full receipt (not just a credit card slip) when you purchase your ticket and bring it to the Conference, together with our bank account details. Reimbursements will be made by bank transfer in your local currency, which means that you will receive the payment after the conference.
Q. I booked my tickets on the internet (E Tickets). What do I need to provide as a receipt.
The confirmation computer printout is sufficient provided it shows your name, date, destination and departure airport, amount paid and that the ticket has been paid for.
Q. Would it be possible to stay on in London after the Conference
You are more than welcome to spend a few extra days in London to explore this interesting city (if your visa permits this.) You will, however, have to cover your own expenses and any additional travel costs you incurr by making your stay longer.
Q: Have you booked accommodation for me?
A: You should have received a letter telling you whether we can book your accommodation or whether you need to make your own arrangments in December 2005.
Q. How can I find accommodation in London?
A list of cheap accommodation can be found in the accommodation page on this website, but it is essential to make your booking early.
Q. I don’t know London well – how can I find accommodation close to the conference venue?
Hotels and hostels located in Bloomsbury or Russell Square are close to the Conference venue.
Q. Do I need a visa for the UK? How do I apply for a visa?
To find out whether you need a visa to enter the UK, please look at the
website of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
If you do need a visa, please apply to the British Embassy in your country as soon as possible to avoid any delay. If you need any help from us - e.g. you may require an official letter of invitation to the Conference - please get in touch. Please also note that you should leave 2-3 months’ time for your visa to be processed.
School of Slavonic & East European Studies
Q. What is SSEES, UCL?
The School of Slavonic & East European Studies was inaugurated on 19 October 1915 by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. Masaryk, who later became President of Czechoslovakia, who marked the event with a Public Lecture on The Problem of Small Nations in the European Crisis. Masaryk's interest in questions of national identity and self-determination, rooted in language, history, culture and society, informs the School's mission to this day.
SSEES is one of the world's leading specialist institutions, and the largest national centre in the UK for the study of Central, Eastern and South-East Europe and Russia. In 1999 SSEES merged with University College London and joined one of the world's leading universities. On 5 May 2004 the foundation stone of the new SSEES building was unveiled by the President of Poland in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal. 19 October 2005 will see the official opening of the new SSEES building on the occasion of the School's 90th anniversary. For more information, please go to www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk.
Q. Who are the Conference Organisers?
All organisers of the conference are graduate students from School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, UCL. For more information about them, please to to the section on Organisers.