British Academy Black Sea Initiative (BABSI)

Location: Black Sea region

Years: 2002-2005

Director: Gina Coulthard

Participants: Stephen Mitchell, Stuart Campbell, David Braund

Funding: British Academy



Beginning in spring 2002, a new initiative was introduced with the intent of promoting Black Sea studies.  Scholars involved in the project were provided with academic and financial support for their projects, and were linked into a network of other scholars focusing on similar regions or issues.  Regional bibliographies (especially focusing on the regions of the Turkish and Bulgarian Black Sea) were created in connection with this initiative, and two international conferences were hosted for all BABSI researchers: one in Manchester in 2003, and another in Istanbul in October 2004, where more than 50 presentations were made.  Some of the papers from the latter conference were subsequently published in a volume (see below).  The project formally concluded in March 2005, though since then the BIAA has continued to support BABSI and provides a platform for disseminating the information collected during the project.  In addition the BIAA set up a Turkish and Black Sea scholarship fund, designed to provide small grants to scholars from any of the Black sea countries wishing to visit Turkey and make use of the Institute’s facilities.  This has been well subscribed and has supported researchers from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, and Bulgaria. 



Erkut, G., Mitchell, S. (eds.) 2007: The Black Sea: Past, Present and Future (BIAA Monograph 42). London

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