Beyond Transition? New Directions in Eastern and Central European Studies

2-4 October 2013, Lund University, Sweden

We have the pleasure to inform you about an interdisciplinary Nordic conference in Eastern- and Central European Studies organized in cooperation between the Centre for European Studies at Lund University, the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University (Stockholm), with support from The Swedish Society for the Study of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Sällskapet).

This event is organized as a follow-up conference after the 8th ICCEES World Congress in Stockholm 2010. We hope that the World Congress was instrumental in revitalizing scholarship around the Nordic states. One of the purposes is to outline new directions of research and make a reassessment of academic resources in this field of knowledge as these are represented by Nordic scholars and academic institutions, as well as journalists and experts specializing in the East and Central European area.
We would also like to involve you in the discussion about to what extent the developments in the Post-Soviet states and the former socialist countries in Eastern and Central Europe should be studied mainly in relation to their trajectory from the old system. Beyond transition dismisses the implicit teleological assumptions of such a trajectory. It implies that traditional constructs of regional subdivisions or of macro regions in the vast space from Oder to Vladivostok and from Murmansk to Dushanbe no longer can be taken for granted. How fruitful is it e.g. to habitually treat the former socialist countries now having become members of the European Union as a coherent socio-economic or socio-cultural bloc? What does Eastern Europe mean in such a context? Do the old mental geographies of East and West still linger on in the minds of researchers hindering the emergence of new questions and new comparative perspectives that go across the old division? Maybe taking into account patterns of convergence and divergence between European countries on both sides of the former Iron Curtain facing the pressures and possibilities of globalization could reveal more a rewarding research agenda. […]

WORKSHOPS

1. Memory Conflicts and Memory Travels across the old East-West division. (Barbara.Tornquist-Plewa@slav.lu.se)
2. What is left from all these years? Cultural Transformation after Communism.(Eleonora.Narvselius@slav.lu.se)
3. Visions and Conceptualisations of Cultural Diversity. Multiculturalism beyond the EU (Niklas.Bernsand@slav.lu.se)
4. Politics and Religion (elena.namli@ucrs.uu.se)
5. Civil society – politics and ethics (elena.namli@ucrs.uu.se)
6. Europe in Fatigue: Backslide of Democratic Values and Their Re-Invention in Culture and Society (irina.sandomirskaja@sh.se)
7. Economic Corruption and Nepotism in Russia (mi.lennhag@svet.lu.se)

Link: http://www.cfe.lu.se/


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