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History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe

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

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.

During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly two thousand men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today’s border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. In his prize-winning book, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community (Cornell University Press, 2016), Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of this once peaceful multiethnic community into extreme violence. 


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

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Speaker: Max Bergholz (Concordia University)

27 September 2018



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

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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



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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