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The Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group (SEEMSG)


The Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group

Welcome to the website of the Slavonic and East European Medieval Studies Group (SEEMSG), a UK-based society that brings together international scholars to discuss the latest research in the field. It is affiliated with the Slavonic Studies Section of the University of Cambridge.

SEEMSG was formed in 1974 by a group of British medievalists including Anne Pennington, Robert Auty and Dame Elizabeth Hill in order to provide a means for scholars with an interest in any aspect of the Medieval Slavonic World to meet informally and to exchange ideas.

The group currently has over seventy members throughout Europe and abroad. It meets biannually, usually on the Saturday nearest to Martinmas and on a Saturday in the second half of March. Meetings have generally alternated between Oxford, Cambridge, and London. Three or four papers are normally read at each meeting and paper proposals and submissions are always welcome!


The annual subscription is £5. Please address enquiries concerning membership directly to the Secretary/Treasurer. Postgraduate students wishing to attend meetings are reminded that some financial support is available. An e-bulletin is circulated to members annually.

The group has reciprocal arrangements with the Early Slavic Studies Association in the United States, and members of ESSA are warmly invited to attend meetings of SEEMSG when in Britain and vice versa.  

Titles and abstracts of previous papers are featured on our website.

The officers of the group for the current year are:

  • Chairman - Professor Simon Franklin, Clare College, Cambridge
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Ms Olga Grinchenko