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Call for papers: New Perspectives in the Transnational History of Communism in East-Central Europe

Published on 24 February, 2014

International conference in Poznań, Poland, 16-17 October 2014.

Information from the organizers:

The fall of communism in East Central Europe threw into question many politically imposed schemes of history in this part of continent. The unfettering of historical research from political and ideological limitations made it both possible and pressing to begin to rewrite the history of the East-Central European countries.

This task includes not only the analysis of newly available sources, but also new interpretations and explanations of the post-war history of East-Central Europe. The latter goal demands new interpretative and theoretical notions that frame historical narratives. It is worth considering, alongside the familiar normative categories that have underpinned national identities in East-Central European societies (such as ‘the nation’ and ‘the state’), other paradigms that shape historical narratives and offer potentially useful explanatory tools, such as that of modernization and backwardness, postcolonial studies, gender, civic society, and totalitarianism.

The conference will consist of five different panels dealing with the following topics:

  • New perspectives on the historiography of post-1945 East-Central European history. How could one write a global history of the Soviet Bloc?
  • Cooperation and competition among East-European state security services
  • Between shortage economy and consumer society: East-Central Europe and the globalizing world.
  • Ethnic conflicts in South-East Europe at the end of the Cold War: 19th century paradigms in a post-modern context.
  • Postwar generations and the emerging global movements and ideas, the impact of New Left theories, social Catholicism, life-style movements and anti-technological or ecological ideologies.

Dedline for abstracts: 30 March 2014.

Abstracts should be sent to: brzech@amu.edu.pl.

For full cfp, click here.

The fall of communism in East Central Europe threw into question many politically imposed
schemes of history in this part of continent. The unfettering of historical research from
political and ideological limitations made it both possible and pressing to begin to rewrite the
history of the East-Central European countries. This task includes not only the analysis of
newly available sources, but also new interpretations and explanations of the post-war history
of East-Central Europe. The latter goal demands new interpretative and theoretical notions
that frame historical narratives. It is worth considering, alongside the familiar normative
categories that have underpinned national identities in East-Central European societies (such
as ‘the nation’ and ‘the state’), other paradigms that shape historical narratives and offer
potentially useful explanatory tools, such as that of modernization and backwardness,

postcolonial studies, gender, civic society, and totalitarianism.

 

Information from the organizers:

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