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Truth, Politics and Subjectivity in Late Socialism and its Aftermath

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  • Thu 24 May 2018 10.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-05-24 10:00 2018-05-24 18:00 Europe/Paris Truth, Politics and Subjectivity in Late Socialism and its Aftermath

In literature as well as in politics, public figures of the late socialist era were obsessed with sincerity. How did “truth” work in the self-fashioning of intellectuals, authors, and politicians of the USSR and its satellites? To what extent did an engagement with the idea of personal sincerity or collective honesty inform their thoughts and actions? How has the rhetoric of sincerity, truth and post-truth interacted with the traumatic memories of socialism and the post-socialist transition? What was the relationship between sincerity and humanist ideas in Eastern Europe, and how can drawing attention to this heritage help explain the region's present-day politics?

Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

In literature as well as in politics, public figures of the late socialist era were obsessed with sincerity. How did “truth” work in the self-fashioning of intellectuals, authors, and politicians of the USSR and its satellites? To what extent did an engagement with the idea of personal sincerity or collective honesty inform their thoughts and actions? How has the rhetoric of sincerity, truth and post-truth interacted with the traumatic memories of socialism and the post-socialist transition? What was the relationship between sincerity and humanist ideas in Eastern Europe, and how can drawing attention to this heritage help explain the region's present-day politics?


Location:
Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Workshop

Organiser:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
Fabrizio Borchi (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Pavel Khazanov (Max Weber Programme)
Uladzimir Valodin
Helen Rutten (University of Amsterdam)
Anatoly Pinsky (European University at St Petersburg)
Veneta Ivanova (European University Institute)
Adrian-George Matus (European University Institute)

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