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The 7th Congress Of Belarusian Studies Kicks Off In Warsaw

Today the 7th International Congress of Belarusian Studies kicked off in Warsaw, this time in cooperation with Collegium Civitas. Previous conferences took place in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Congress remains one of the rare opportunities for academics working on Belarus to … Continue reading

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Who Is Proud of Francišak Skaryna?

On 6 August Belarusian Protestants began officially celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Francišak Skaryna’s translation of the Bible into an archaic church-Slavonic language, which can be seen as a proto-Belarusian. I happened to attend one Minsk-based congregation on that raining … Continue reading

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Crossing Poland-Belarus Border: Easy-Peasy This Time

Yesterday I crossed the Poland-Belarus border, heading towards Hrodna and then Minsk. While I still keep bad memories of my last year trip, which included the issues with visa, then with a plane, and, eventually, a long trip by train, … Continue reading

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Belarusian Believers – What Are They Like?

According to the recent study on religiosity in Central-Eastern Europe by Pew Research Centre, the vast majority of Belarusians (84%) declare they believe in God. Surprisingly, despite decades of state-enforced secularisation, Belarusian society is fertile ground for religious activities and organisations. Also, … Continue reading

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Religions in Belarus: Declared Equality vs. Reality

Inspired by the report on religious restrictions that the Pew Research Centre released in April, I have written an article about the situation in Belarus. The article looks at how the authorities struggle to reconcile the religious diversity with the right … Continue reading

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Bilingualism à la Welsh or à la Belarusian?

Recently I have visited Wales for the first time. Apart from the dramatic scenery, what truly impressed me was the omnipresent bilingualism. All road signs, information boards in shops and churches, were both in Welsh and English. These languages have a … Continue reading

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‘Mummy Is just Doing a PhD!’

This year for the first time in my life I felt that Mother’s Day was my day too. Here in the UK it is celebrated on 26 March. As a young mum, I want to share my experience of combining … Continue reading

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