The Fourth International Eastern European Studies Congress (CIEES – 2020), planned within the International Eastern European Studies Platform (PIEES), was held online between 6-7 June 2020.

 Besides academics from Turkey and Ukraine,  historians in many countries of Eastern Europe such as Albania Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia and academics attended in congress.

CIEES-2020, which is carried out online through the Zoom program It consisted of 4 main sections: Opening Speech, Opening Session, Paper Presentations and Closing Session. Unfortunately, the closing cocktail and cultural trips organized in the country organized by the congress in previous years could not be realized due to the Covid-19 outbreak observed worldwide.

As in every congress of PIEES, the theme of CIEES 2020 was determined as “History of Orthodox Churches” in the congress preparation workshop held with the participation of platform members within the 2020 congress. Following the opening speech of Prof. Dr. Yücel Öztürk from Sakarya University’s History Department, the opening session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Mustafa Öztürk from the Department of History of Izmir Democracy University, and papers on Late Antiquity Christianity, Roman Power Struggles and the Russian Church. was presented.


The congress program, consisting of 6 sessions in total with the opening session, took place in two stages: Saturday full day and half day Sunday. Due to the links provided on the program booklets, it was possible to accept listeners from outside. A total of 24 academics presented their scientific papers on the History of Orthodox Churches. In the discussions held at the end of the session, the comments and different ideas about the Istanbul-Fener Greek Patriarchate attracted attention. It was observed that a scientific environment was created in which researchers could freely express their opinions on issues such as the opening of Hagia Sophia. Many scientists from Ukraine, Albania, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey, have the opportunity to share their views on the subjects relate to Orthodox Churches.