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Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

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

Established in 2016, this lecture 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.


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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