Vol. 9, Issue No. 27/2002


North American Association for Belarusian Studies (NAABS)

The Association has been registered as a non-profit corporation and is currently applying to the IRS for tax-exempt status. If you would like to join the Association, please refer to the membership information and application form (in PDF format) on the NAABS website: (click on the heading "Membership"). Please note that membership applications and dues payments should be sent to our Secretary-Treasurer, Alicja Boruta-Sadkowski, at the following address:

Alicja Boruta-Sadkowski
The University of Northern Iowa
Department of Modern Languages
234 Baker Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0504

We are now preparing the first issue of the NAABS newsletter, due to appear in July. We would be very grateful for information on your most recent publications (i.e. 1999-present) on Belarus-related topics, as well as papers on Belarusian topics that you have recently given or are planning to give in the near future at conferences, roundtables or workshops in North America or overseas. In addition, we would appreciate information on current projects of yours dealing with any aspect of Belarusian studies.

This information may be sent by e-mail attachment or in the body of an e-mail message to Mr. Peter Kasaty, our newsletter editor and webmaster (; it will be included in the newsletter and on the website in the section "Belarusian Studies in North America" under the rubrics "Recent Publications by North American Belarusianists," "Papers and Presentations by North American Belarusianists", and "Current Research by North American Belarusianists."

Apart from the information requested above, we would like to solicit short articles (book reviews, analytical pieces, notes on research in progress, etc.) for the newsletter.  If you would like to contribute any such materials to the July issue, please send them as an e-mail attachment to me (Curt Woolhiser, and Peter Kasaty ( no later than June 30.

    For our website, we would also like to request abstracts of recent (1999-present) U.S. and Canadian Ph.D. dissertations and M.A. theses on Belarusian topics, as well as information on courses with Belarusian studies content (past and present) at North American universities and colleges. If you have included Belarusian topics in any of your own courses, we would be very grateful if you could send course descriptions, syllabi and/or reading lists to Peter Kasaty for inclusion in the site in the section "Belarusian Studies in North America".

We would, in addition, like to solicit contributions to our "Belarusian Studies Resource Center," a new Internet-based reference and bibliographic guide in English providing accurate and current information on all aspects of Belarusian studies, including history, geography, language and linguistics, literature, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology and ethnography, political science and economics. Essentially, the BSRC will serve as an electronic "Encyclopedia of Belarus" (and potentially as a prototype for a printed version). All original contributions accepted for inclusion will of course be copyrighted. Appended below you will find a preliminary Table of Contents. If you would like to contribute a piece on any of the topics listed, or on another topic related to Belarusian studies, please send your proposal to me: If you are not interested at this time in contributing to the BSRC, but would be willing to serve as a referee for contributions in your area of expertise, please let me know.

Lastly, I would like to invite you to attend the next NAABS business meeting at the upcoming AAASS convention in Pittsburgh.
The meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 22, from 7:30 to 10:00 PM (room TBA). Among the items on the agenda will be:
1) preparations for a NAABS-sponsored interdisciplinary conference on Belarus in 2003;
2) work on the "Belarusian Studies Resource Center"; 3) organization of NAABS-sponsored panels at the AAASS, CAS, AATSEEL and ASN conventions in 2003-4;
4) the creation of a fund for a book prize in Belarusian studies;
5) the creation of a peer-reviewed Belarusian studies journal. We hope that you will be able to attend, and look forward to receiving your input regarding these projects and other issues.

Curt Woolhiser
President, North American Association for Belarusian Studies

NAABS website:

Vol. 9, Issue No. 27/2002

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