The aim of the conference „Contextualizing Changes: Migrations, Shifting Borders and New Identities in Eastern Europe” was to bring together scholars of different age, from different states, institutions, and disciplines for an interdisciplinary and transnational dialog. This was, without a doubt, a big challenge. The articles in this volume are organized in chapters which follow the thematic panels of the conference. However, it was impossible to render here the ardent discussions which took place after the presentations. The conference became stage for constructive meeting of "internal" and "external" perspectives, of the points of view of "Eastern" and "Western" researchers, representatives of different academic traditions, persons with different opinions.