Between Federalism, Autonomy and Centralism: Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in or organising a conference


From Quebec in the west to Crimea in the east, from Scotland in the north to the Balkans in the south, peoples of the Western World have recently sought to redefine their relationships with their states. The international conference “Between Federalism, Autonomy and Centralism”, organised by Tomasz Kamusella and Frances Nethercott from the University of St Andrews, treats modern Central and Eastern Europe as a point of departure to discuss the concepts of federalism, autonomy, and centralism in Europe and beyond.

On Friday, May 29, the Byre Theatre in St Andrews will house nine speakers from universities and research centres across Europe. Their papers, which vary in scope and regional focus, will deal with connections between the official state model on the one hand, and issues of ethnicity, religion or identity on the other. The event will also feature Neil Ascherson and Colin Kidd, who will comment on the talks and lead a round table discussion on the topics raised.

The organizers of the event, together with the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and Eastern European Studies and Institute for Transnational and Spatial History at the University of St Andrews, invite all students, academics, and members of the general public to participate in this event. Admission is free for students and staff of the University.

Keynote speeches given by Neal Ascherson and Colin Kidd.

24th Annual Conference of the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies at the University of St Andrews. Co-hosted by the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History at the University of St Andrews
Period29 May 2015
Event typeOther


  • Federalism
  • Autonomy
  • Centralism
  • Scotland
  • Britain
  • European Union
  • Central Europe
  • Eastern Europe