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History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

Lecture series organised by Profs. Alexander Etkind and Pieter M. Judson 

Established in 2016, this lecture and workshop series is a venue to explore the key issues in current debates on the history of central and eastern Europe. Without downplaying the region’s specificities, the series aims at bringing the history of the formerly socialist countries into the broader framework of European and global history. We invite guest speakers from various academic backgrounds and with diverse geographical foci to cover a wide range of themes and approaches that include political, social, economic, cultural or intellectual history. Providing a platform for debate and dialogue, the series also strives to unravel the significance of history in the public sphere.


Invisible and Visible Cities: Dystopia, Utopia and Russia's Revolutions

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Speaker: Mark Steinberg (University of Illinois)

12 October 2020

Ukraine’s Creative Class: Political Imagination in Turmoil

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Organizers: Alexander Etkind (European University Institute), Mikhail Minakov (National University of Kyiv), Bohdan Shumylovych (European University Institute) 

22 November 2019

 1991: Year of Perelom

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Organizer: Alexander Etkind (European University Institute)

23-25 October 2019

Political Imaginaries and Imperial Collapse: plans for the territories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union


Speakers: Alexander Semyonov (National Research University Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg), Jeremy Smith (University of Eastern Finland and HEC Visiting Fellow) and Carolina de Stefano (University of Eastern Finland and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa)

8 November 2018

Local History, Ethnicity, and Intercommunal Violence


Speaker: Max Bergholz (Concordia University)

27 September 2018

Commemorating Oblivion: Romani Holocaust, Politics of Memory and Czech Roma Struggle for Recognition


Speaker: Yasar Abu Ghosh (Charles University Prague)

12 April 2018

Polish Post(-)colonial Nationalism


Speaker: Dirk Uffelmann (University of Passau)

15 March 2018

Destalinization as Decolonization


Speaker: Sabine Dullin (SciencePo, Paris)

12 March 2018

The Defence of Constitutionality: Or the Czech Question in Post-National Europe


Speaker: Jiří Přibáň (Cardiff University)

8 March 2018

Historical Debates in and on Ukraine: Case of Stepan Bandera

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Speaker: Yaroslav Hrycak (University of Lviv)

31 January 2018


Poland`s Museum of the Second World War: Battlefield of History and Politics


Speaker: Paweł Machcewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)

18 January 2018



Making of the Socialist Man: Society and Ideology in Yugoslav Socialism


Speaker: Igor Duda (University of Pula)

2 June 2017

Scorched Earth: Stalin's Reign of Terror


Speaker: Jörg Baberowski (Humboldt University Berlin)

15 February 2017

Globalizing Southeastern Europe 


Speaker: Ulf Brunnbauer (University of Regensburg)

23 January 2017

After Serfdom and Slavery: Intellectual Legacies and Cultural Memories


Speaker: Irina Prokhorova (NLO Publishing House and Prokhorov Foundation, Moscow)

25 October 2016

Europe since 1989: A History 


Speaker: Philipp Ther (University of Vienna)

4 October 2016

POLIN: How to be Jewish, Polish and European?


Speaker: Dariusz Stola (Director of POLIN, The Museum of Polish Jews)

16 June 2016

From Habsburg Galicia to Cocoaland: History of Development and Polish Social Scientists from 1880s to 1960s 


Speakers: Malgorzata Mazurek (Chair of Polish Studies, Columbia University)

1 June 2016


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