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International Conference „New Perspectives in the Transnational History of Communism in East-Central Europe” – Poznań, 16-17 October 2014

Data publikacji: 2014-02-21 12:29:47 Data rozpoczęcia: 2014-10-16 12:08:00 Data zakończenia: 2014-10-16 12:08:00


The First Day, Thursday, October 16, 2014

Conference Venue: DS „Jowita", Zwierzyniecka Street 7, hall AB

9:00-9:20: Opening 

Session I: Ideological Dimensions of Communism

Chair: Krzysztof Brzechczyn (Institute of National Remembrance, Poznań)

9:20-9:40: Balázs Apor (Trinity College, Dublin), The Anatomy of Stalinist Leader Cults in the Soviet Bloc

9.40-10:00: Uve Backes (Hannah Arendt Institut fur Totalitarismus Forschung, Dresden), Decadent Ideocracies? Changes of Regime Legitimation in Real Socialist Countries

10:00-10:20: Vilius Ivanauskas (Lithuanian Institute of History), „Engineers of Human Spirit" in Soviet Lithuania: Making Sense of Global Sixties or Embracing the Localism

10:20-10:40: Éva Petrás (Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security, Budapest), Prevailing Romantic Elements of Hungarian Nationalism at the End of the Cold War - their Origin and Influence on Nationalism

10:40-11:00: Discussion

11:00-11:20: Coffee Break

Session II: East-Central Communism in Transnational/Global Context

Chair: Péter Apor (Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest)/

11:20-11:40: Sarolta Klenjánszky, Transnational Relations or Paradiplomacy? Theoretical Reflections on the Example of the HSWP's Relationshiphs to the FCP after the Invasion of Czechoslovakia

11:40-12:00: Maria Schubert (University of Tuebingen) Unlikely Allies? The Legacy of the "Other America" in the GDR

12:00-12:20: Robert Brier (German Historical Institute, Warsaw), Human Rights, East-Central European Dissent, and the Western Left in the 1970s and 1980s

12:20-12:40: Ned Richardson-Little (University of Exeter), Globalizing the History of Human Rights in the Soviet Bloc

12:40-13:00: Discussion

13:00-14:20: Break

Chair: Agnieszka Łuczak (Institute of National Remembrance, Poznań)

14:20-14:40: Christie Miedema (Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam/Universiteit van Amsterdam), A Transnational Movement Breaking Down the Blocs? The 'Alliance' between the Western Peace Movement and the Polish Opposition in the 1980s.

14:40:15:00: Jure Ramšak (University of Primorska), "Ultra-Left Demagogy": New Left and Student Criticism in Slovenia 1971-1974

15:00-15:20: Dirk Dalberg (University of Pardubice), The New Left in Czechoslovakia: Petr Uhl's Framework of a New Political System

15:20-15:40: Discussion

15:40-16:00: Coffee Break

Chair: Stefano Bottoni (Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest)/

16:00-16:20: Tom Junes (Imre Kertesz Kolleg, Jena), Explaining Change from a Generational and Transnational Perspective: the Oppositional Student Movement in Communist Poland

16:20-16:40: Natalia Jarska (Institute of National Remembrance, Warsaw), Women's and Gender History in Postwar Central European Societies: the State of the Art and Perspectives

16:40-17:00: Zsófia Lóránd (Central European University), New Feminist Ideas: Challenging the State or Ameliorating Yugoslav Socialism?

17:00-17:20: Discussion

Session III: Military/Security Relations in History of Communism

Chair: Uwe Backes (Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung, Dresden)

17:20-17:40: Jens Boysen (German Historical Institute, Warsaw), Integration through Militarism in the Warsaw Pact: The East German and Polish Military Establishment between National Specificity and Transnational Cohesion

17:40-18:00: Paul Maddrell (Loughborough University), Compartmentalized Minds: the Communist Security Services' Understanding of the Western Espionage Threat to the Soviet Bloc in Comparative Perspective

18-00-18:20 Discussion


The Second Day, Friday, October 17, 2014

 Conference Venue: DS „Jowita", Zwierzyniecka Street 7, hall AB   

Session IV: Economics of Communism

Chair: Tomasz Pawelec (University of Silesia)


9:00-9:20: Krzysztof Brzechczyn (Institute of National Remembrance/Adam Mickiewicz University) Between Modernization and Totalitarianism: Class Analysis in Explanation of Communism in East-Central Europe

9:20-9:40: Viktor Pál (University of Tampere, Finland/ Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration), The Post-war "Golden Age" and Sustainability in East-Central-, and Western Europe

9:40-10:00: Olaf Mertelsmann (University of Tartu), An Economy of Shortages Aspiring Mass Consumption: The Economic Transformation of the Soviet Baltic Republics in the 1950s and 1960s on the Example of Estonia

10:00-10:20: Elitza Stanoeva (Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg, Konstanz), Inventing the Socialist Consumer: Worker, Citizen or Customer? Politics of Mass Consumption in Bulgaria, 1956-1968

10:20-11:00: Discussion

11:00-11:20: Coffee Break

Chair: Sándor Horváth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

11:20-11:40: Mara Marginean (George Baritiu Institute of History, Romanian Academy), Mis/Managing Industrial Labour Productivity by the Late 1950s: Work, Collective Consumption and Technologies of Nation Building in Romania.

11:40-12:00: Eva Schäffler (University of Salzburg), Pronatalism in the GDR and in the ČSSR

12:20-12:40: Constantantin Parvulescu (West University of Timisoara, Romania), Mass Gymnastics, Biopolitics and Romania's Late Socialist International Presentation

12:40-13:20: Discussion

13:20-15:00: Break


Session V: Memory and Narratives of East-Central Communism

Chair: Elitza Stanoeva (Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg, Konstanz)


15:00-15:20: Dorota Malczewska-Pawelec, Tomasz Pawelec (University of Silesia, Katowice), A Study of Memory Politics as a Research Program for Transnational History of Communism in East-Central Europe

15:20-15:40: Jakub Muchowski (Jagiellonian University), Intimacies under Real Socialism: Poles Emotional Self-Realization in 1960's

15:40-16:00: Branislav Radeljić  (University of East London), European Community-Yugoslav Relations:  Documents that Mattered (1980–1992)  

16:00-16:20: Coffee Break

16:20-16:40: Oleksii Polegkyi, (Antwerp University/Wroclaw University), Russian and Ukrainian Struggle of "Historical Narratives": Post-Imperial versus Post-Colonial Perspectives

16:40-17:00: Anna Zadora, (Strasbourg University), The Second World War in Belarus: a Fundamental Event for National Building

17:00-17:40: Discussion

Scientific Committee:

Péter Apor (Hungarian Academy of Sciences),

Uwe Backes (Hannah-Arendt-Institut für Totalitarismusforschung an der TU Dresden),

Stefano Bottoni (Hungarian Academy of Sciences),

Krzysztof Brzechczyn (Adam Mickiewicz University/Institute of National Remembrance),

Sándor Horváth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences),

Chris Lorenz (Free University of Amsterdam),

Tomasz Pawelec (University of Silesia),

Michal Pullmann (Charles University in Prague)



Adam Mickiewicz University, Department of Philosophy,

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History

Institute of National Remembrance, Poznań Branch

Polish Philosophical Society, Poznań Branch

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