Friday, November 25, 2016

150 articles on Soviet and post-Soviet studies

Taylor and Francis has collected 150 articles on Soviet and post-Soviet studies which are all available free to access online via this page until the end of June 2017. 
see link.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

CfA: PhD and MA Scholarship in Comparative History - CEU, Budapest

CEU Department of History | Apply for PhD and MA Scholarships!

The Department of History at Central European University (CEU) offers students interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives on the history of Eurasia from the late medieval period to the present. It is recognized for its innovative approaches to research and teaching and as a center for outstanding research advancing comparative and transnational history on empirical and theoretical grounds. Our international faculty offers expertise that extends from the history of the Habsburg, Romanov, and Ottoman Empires to the comparative study of totalitarian regimes in the 20th century; from comparative religious studies to numerous aspects of cultural and intellectual history.
CEU is an English-language, graduate university located in Budapest and accredited both in Hungary and the United States. It is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world and take prides in the fact that there is no dominant nationality on campus. Our student/faculty ratio is 6:1, allowing for small, discussion-based seminars and close guidance from faculty members.    

Scholarships and Application Deadline
The vast majority of our students receive generous financial aid packages, including full scholarships with stipends. Research grants are also available for all students regardless of nationality. The deadline to apply for admission with financial aid for the 2017-18 academic year is February 1, 2017.
Programs Offered
Additional Certificates in Various Specializations
Eastern Mediterranean StudiesJewish StudiesPolitical ThoughtReligious StudiesScience Studies, and Archives and Evidentiary Practices (in collaboration with the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives).

Selected Areas of Research
Follow this link or write to Adela Hincu (hincu_adela-gabriela@phd.ceu.edu) for further information.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

CFP: “ Ambivalent Legacies: Memory and Amnesia in Post - Habsburg and Post - Ottoman Cities”

The empires that once defined the political geography of Europe are no more. One cannot meet a Prussian, Romanov, Habsburg, or Ottoman today; these dusty categories of affiliation have ceded to myriad national identities. Yet it would be mistaken to assume that Europe’s bygone empires have become mere relics of history. Imperial pasts continue to inspire nostalgia, identification, pride, anxiety, skepticism, and disdain in the present. The afterlives of empires as objects of memory exceed historical knowledge, precisely because these afterlives shape and recast the present and the future. Simultaneously, present- and future-oriented imperatives accentuate imperial pasts in selective ways, yielding new configurations of post-imperial amnesia as well as memory.

Our conference, “Ambivalent Legacies: Memory and Amnesia in Post-Habsburg and Post-Ottoman Cities,” aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working on post-imperial legacies, especially in relation to eight specific cities: Vienna, Istanbul, Budapest, Sarajevo, Trieste, Thessaloniki, Zagreb, and Belgrade. We seek contributions from historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, and scholars of comparative literature and architecture—among others—that pursue the politics and cultures of memory in one or more of our eight cities. Paper proposals should speak to two general, interrelated questions: "What are the effects of imperial legacies on contemporary cities?" and "How do present-day urban processes reshape the forms of post-imperial memory and forgetting?" 
The conference will convene at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity from April 26th to 28th, 2017. Conference participants will be provided with lodging and will be reimbursed for their travel. 
Please send abstracts of 250 words, along with a brief academic biography, to Marina Cziesielsky at Cziesielsky@mmg.mpg.de by December 1st, 2016.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Workshop: Heritage Studies and Socialism

Date: 23.-25. November 2016
 

Location: GCSC, Alter Steinbacher Weg 38, 35392 Giessen, Germany. 

In the last decade, heritage studies have emerged as a field of cross-disciplinary research covering the topics including the built environment, museums and collections, urban planning, memory, and tourism. This workshop brings together both early career researchers and established researchers for a discussion about the concept of heritage in relation to the Eastern and Central European region. In light of the different traditions in heritage policies and property rights, what notion of heritage do we employ for the study of heritage in socialist and post-socialist societies? 
http://www.herder-institut.de/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/Aktuelles/tagungen/Programm_Workshop_Heritage_2016.pdf 

 

CFP: Populisms in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20 th Century

Workshop and publication of the proceedings in the review Connexe. Les espaces postcommunistes en question(s)
 

11-12 May 2017
EHESS, Paris, France

Deadline: 15 December 2016

Organizer: Roman Krakovsky, LabEx Tepsis, EHESS and IHTP, CNRS, Paris, France

Since the 1990s, several political movements qualified as “populist” have emerged in Central and Eastern Europe, drawing the attention of political scientists. If we want to understand why these movements exercise such attraction and why they are so relentless in this space, it is necessary to cross the study of current politics with the analysis of long term developments. Indeed, since the 19th century, Central and Eastern Europe has known several movements and political parties that have called themselves or have been labelled as "populist". In this sense, the long-term approach allows considering the similarities and the differences, according to different contexts and periods, and identifying the reasons and the mechanisms of action of these movements. At last, this historical approach helps to consider the specificity - if there is any specificity - of these movements in Central and Eastern Europe and to evaluate their impact on political cultures of the region.

In dialogue with the extensive historiography devoted to the analysis of current populisms in Central and Eastern Europe, this workshop will address the phenomenon in its historical developments, from the late 19th century to the fall of communism in 1989. It will consider the space labelled during this period under the term "Central and Eastern Europe", that is, before 1918, the territories of Austria-Hungary and the German, Ottoman and Russian empire, the Romania and the Bulgaria, during the interwar period and the Second World War, the territories of the successor states of these empires and states, and, after 1945, the countries of the "Eastern bloc".

I. Defining "populism"

The indeterminate nature of populism is one of the major reasons of its political effectiveness, as Ernesto Laclau has argued ( On Populist Reason , Verso, 2005). It can incorporate different contents from the right and the left but at the same time, it does not accommodate with all. One way to unravel this extraordinary semantic ambiguity is to consider the following topics:

1. Labeling populism. What are the terms used for the populist phenomenon? In different Central and East European languages, several expressions often coexist: the Polish, for example, uses ludowość (based on the Slavic lud , the people) and populism (based on the Latin populus, by analogy with the English term "populism", encompassing a more pejorative connotation), etc. What does this semantic diversity says about populist movements and political parties and their assessment by their contemporaries?

2. Using the term "populist". Who is qualified and who calls himself as "populist" in Central and Eastern Europe? Why are these qualifications mobilized by different political actors and with what consequences? What are the reasons and effects of the use of the term - and its avoidance – in political or academic sphere?

3. The circumstances of appearance and use. In what contexts populist movements and political parties appear? What relationship do they maintain with other ideologies and political doctrines that Central and Eastern Europe has known during the 20 th century: democracy, liberalism, nationalism, fascism and communism?

II. The constitution of the "people" as political community

These ideologies and political doctrines define the political community according to the dynastic principle (monarchies), the nation (nation states), the race (fascist regimes) or the class (communist regimes). How populist movements consider these definitions of political community? How do they use, in these different contexts, the notion of "people" and how they reflect political pluralism? To consider these issues, we propose to deal with the following themes:

1. The boundaries of the political community. Who, in these different contexts, is considered as being part of the "people" and who is excluded from it, and with what consequences? How populist movements express the relation to the endogenous and to the other?

2. The relation to the elites. How populist movements express the relation between the "people" and the "elite" / "establishment" in these different contexts, particularly during the period of political transition (anti-cosmopolitanism, society without class antagonism, etc.)?

3. The relationship between the individual and the political community. If populist movements proclaim a unity of the "people", how they organize this same "people" in practice? How do they connect the individual to the collective?

III. The representation of the political community

In general, populist movements claim to be the only legitimate representatives of the people. How they recognize the spirit of the people (as political community)? How is it implemented? One way to consider the mechanisms of political representation is to answer the following questions:

1. The spirit or the will of the people. How populist movements mobilize the people in order to strengthen the participation to political life and decisions-making?

2. The leader, the party and the "people". How populist movements and its leaders embody the spirit of the "people"?

3. The vocabulary and the rhetoric. What is the rhetoric and the vocabulary used by various populist movements to mobilize the "people"?

IV. Populism in action

One way to identify populist movements and parties is to observe their behavior, whether in opposition or as a ruling body, especially in times of political conflict and struggle for power (coup d’état, political crises, elections, etc.). We propose to address this issue from the following prospects:

1. Relations with other political actors. What are the relations between populist movements and their partners and political enemies?

2. Action on institutions and legal system . How populist movements act on the legal system (laws, constitutions), especially considering the checks and balances, political pluralism and the mechanisms by which the will of the people is voiced (elections, plebiscites, referendums, membership to political parties, etc.)?

3. Communication in the public space. Finally, what is the relationship between populist movements and media and how do they act in public?

These themes may be considered through a comparative case study of the phenomenon, while remaining within the chronology and geographical scope defined, or through a case study.

The schedule and the submission of proposals

To submit your proposal, thank you to send a summary in English or in French (between 400 and 800 words), accompanied by your CV, by 30 November 2016, to Roman Krakovsky ( roman.krakovsky@ehess.fr ).

15 December, 2016 Deadline for submitting proposals

10 January 2017 Announcement of participants

11-12 May 2017 Workshop

30 June 2017 Deadline for submitting the manuscripts for publication

December 2017 Publication of the proceedings of the workshop in Connexe. Les espaces postcommunistes en question(s)

The workshop will take place at École des hautes etudes en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, on 11 and 12 May 2017. The workshop will be held in French and in English.