International Relations

The CAS and International Relations

The International Relations Committee (IRC) is a standing committee of the Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS), which acts as the national body representing Canadian Slavists within the international organizations with which the CAS is affiliated. The IRC makes recommendations to the CAS through the CAS executive on any changes in its current relations and on the desirability of affiliation with other organizations.

The Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS) actively promotes scholarly dialogue among fellow Slavists throughout the world. The CAS is currently affiliated with three international organizations:

The International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES), which comprises a global network of research associations, institutes and individual scholars active in the field of Russian, Central and East European studies. Since its inception in 1974, the ICCEES has organized quinquennial World Congresses. Professor Andrii Krawchuk (University of Sudbury) is CAS’s current representative to ICCEES, and currently serves as Vice-President of its executive committee. The next congress will take place in Montreal in 2020, hosted by the CAS. Check the ICCEES website for updates.

The International Committee of Slavists (ICS), which consists of the chairs of 39 constituent national committees (12 from Slavic and 27 from non-Slavic countries). The ICS is responsible for the quinquennial International Congress of Slavists, a gathering of approximately 700 scholars in the humanities and social sciences from 40 countries worldwide. The first such congress was held in 1929, in Prague. The XVI th congress was held in Belgrade August 20-27, 2018.

Note: The International Committee of Slavists allows a quota of 10 Canadian delegates to make presentations at its congresses. Canadian contributions are published on the eve of each Congress in Canadian Slavonic Papers. For the most recent issue devoted to the ICS, please see Volume 60, Nos. 1-2 (March-June 2018).

The International Association for Ukrainian Studies / Mizhnarodna Asotsiatsiia Ukraïnistiv (IAUS /MAU), an interdisciplinary organization comprised of national committees representing 32 countries worldwide, was founded on the eve of Ukraine’s declaration of independence. Its first congress was held in Kyiv, in 1990. Subsequent congresses took place in L’viv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Chernivtsi, Donets’k, Simferopol’, Yalta, and Kyiv. The last congress was held June 25-28, 2018 in Kyiv. The current president of the IAUS is Michael Moser.

Note: The CAS representative to the IAUS, is the president of the Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies (CAUS), an affiliate organization. Roman Senkus (University of Toronto) is the current president of the CAUS.