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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

12 October 2020

  • Speaker: Mark Steinberg (University of Illinois) - 12 October 2020


Ukraine’s Creative Class: Political Imagination in Turmoil

22 November 2019

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

1991: Year of Perelom

23-25 October 2019

  • Organizer: Alexander Etkind (European University Institute)


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

8 November 2018

  • 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)

Local History, Ethnicity, and Intercommunal Violence

27 September 2018

  • Speaker: Max Bergholz (Concordia University) 

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

12 April 2018

  • Speaker: Yasar Abu Ghosh (Charles University Prague)

Polish Post(-)colonial Nationalism

15 March 2018

  • Speaker: Dirk Uffelmann (University of Passau)

Destalinization as Decolonization

12 March 2018

  • Speaker: Sabine Dullin (SciencePo, Paris)

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

8 March 2018

  • Speaker: Jiří Přibáň (Cardiff University)

Historical Debates in and on Ukraine: Case of Stepan Bandera

31 January 2018

  • Speaker: Yaroslav Hrycak (University of Lviv)

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

18 January 2018

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


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

2 June 2017

  • Speaker: Igor Duda (University of Pula)

Scorched Earth: Stalin's Reign of Terror

15 February 2017

  • Speaker: Jörg Baberowski (Humboldt University Berlin)

Globalizing Southeastern Europe

23 January 2017

  • Speaker: Ulf Brunnbauer (University of Regensburg)


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

5 December 2016

  • Speaker: Taku Shinohara (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

After Serfdom and Slavery: Intellectual Legacies and Cultural Memories

25 October 2016

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

Europe since 1989: A History

4 October 2016

  • Speaker: Philipp Ther (University of Vienna)

POLIN: How to be Jewish, Polish and European?

16 June 2016

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

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

1 June 2016

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

Poland – Between Anti-Imperial Traditions and Imperial Temptations. Lessons of Eastern European Geopolitics

15 April 2016

  • Speaker: Andrzej Nowak (Jagiellonian University)

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