Institute for Historical Research on Belarus

The Institute for Historical Research on Belarus (IHRB) was established at the European Humanities University in July 2007 and aims to revive the traditions of the Vilnius Belarusian humanities. Throughout its history, Vilnius has served as a Belarusian academic and cultural center. Francysk Skaryna, Vaclau Lastouski, the Luckievic Brothers, and Adam Stankevich are just a few names out of the many Vilnius-based prominent Belarusians. One can also mention the activities of the Belarusian Scholarly Society (1918–1939) and the Belarusian Institute of Economics and Culture (1926–1936) in Vilnius. The traditions of Vilnius Belarusian humanities are worth reviving, especially taking into account the crisis in Belarusian humanities resulting from the ideological clampdown.

The IHRB seeks to foster research in anthropologically oriented history. The priority spheres of the Institute’s research activity include archival work, historical biographistics, history of everyday life, memory, and historical urbanism. The IHRB primarily focuses on conducting research and participating in the EHU study process. The educational activities of the Institute’s staff stay in close connection with the EHU’s undergraduate program in Cultural Heritage.

Priority spheres of the Institute’s research and activities in 2012

  • Belarusian studies in Lithuanian libraries and archives to compile a catalogue on Belarusian studies and a database of documents concerning the history of Belarus)
  • Ortal history project in collaboration with the Belarusian Oral History Archive recording the twentieth century in the memory of Belarusians
  • Hrodna Palimpsest Project studying the social history of the city of Hrodna
  • Collaborative effort on the “ Dialogues of cultures of memory” with the Lithuanian Institute of History and the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw (2011–2012)
  • Publication of Homo Historicus, an annual journal focusing on facilitating research in historical anthropology

Major IHRB’s initiatives in 2012

  • Archival documents exhibition: “Unknown Belarusian National Republic” (March 25, 2012, Vilnius, EHU)
  • Hrodna Palimpsest: People of the Old Hrodna. Fifth International academic conference (Hrodna, November 3–4, 2012)
  • Seventh International oral history expedition: “Twentieth century in the memory of Belarusians” in collaboration with the Belarusian Oral History Archive (July–August 2012).


The Institute welcomes collaboration with researchers focusing on theoretical and practical historical problems of the anthropologically oriented history of Belarus, as well as those who seek to strengthen interdisciplinary dialogue in the humanities. The most active academic partners of the IHRB include the Lithuanian Institute of History, the Institute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Vytautas Magnus University—Kaunas, the Belarusian Oral History Archive, and the Belarusian Historical Society (Hrodna–Białystok).

Selected publications:

  • Homo Historicus 2012. Гадавiк антрапалагiчнай гiсторыi / пад. рэд. А.Ф. Смаленчука. – Вiльня: ЕГУ, 2012. – 526 с.
  • Соркiна, І. Мястэчкі Беларусі ў канцы XVIII – першай палове ХІХ ст. Вільня: ЕГУ, 2010. 488 с.
  • Homo historicus 2009. Гадавiк антрапалагiчнай гiсторыi / пад. рэд. А.Ф. Смаленчука. Вiльня: ЕГУ, 2010.
  • Шыбека, З. Гарадская цывілізацыя: Беларусь елсвет. Курс лекцый. /Вільня: ЕГУ, 2009. 2002 с.
  • Раманава, І., Махоўская, І. Мiр: гiсторыя мястэчка, што расказалi яго жыхары. Вільня : ЕГУ, 2009. 248 с.

IHRB Staff:

  • Iryna Dubianetskaya – S.T.D. (Doctor of Sacred Teology); PhD hab. in Theology
  • Yury Bachyshcha – Ph.D. in History;
  • Volha Shatalava – Ph.D.
  • Siarhej Chareuski – MA in Arts