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Welcome to Vox Orientalis – the voice from the East!

Vox Orientalis is a project aiming to express views and opinions on a wide variety of topics concerning the “East of Europe” and its periphery. We avoid using the term Eastern Europe in these introductory paragraphs as its meaning has been alternating over the past decades after the collapse of the socialist bloc. Therefore, we will focus on the wider region that from Western standpoint used to be seen as Eastern Europe, namely today’s terms of Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe (commonly known as “Balkans”) and also their adjacent periphery expanding into the Middle East and the Caucasus.

The founders of Vox Orientalis believe that even 25 years after the collapse of the Iron Curtain there is still a significant level of misunderstanding and misinterpretation in the West when it comes to dealing with the abovementioned regions in both the political and socio-cultural spheres. Vox Orientalis will be seeking to reduce namely this gap by raising awareness and encouraging discussion on many current or past issues. We will try to present views and analysis on different topics intertwining politics, culture, history, foreign and current affairs. We hope to help dispelling some established myths that still thrive in the minds of modern Europeans.

Vox Orientalis will not be another scholarly journal confined within a scientific framework. We are aiming for a predominantly journalistic approach in our commentaries and analyses.

Vox Orientalis is a private project of several KUL alumni with a years-long interest in the field. We do not rely on any external funding. The views expressed belong to the authors themselves and we do not seek or claim any universality of opinion.