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History, 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.


Polish Post(-)colonial Nationalism


Speaker: Dirk Uffelmann (University of Passau)

15 March 2018


Destalinization as Decolonization


Speaker: Sabine Dullin (SciencePo, Paris)

12 March 2018


Historical Debates in and on Ukraine: Case of Stepan Bandera

Speaker 31 Jan

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



Defining Public Sphere by Organic Boundaries – Syncretism in Creating National Culture in the 19th Century Habsburg Monarchy


Speaker: Taku Shinohara (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

5 December 2016



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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