Faces of Eastern Europe

In the seminar series Faces of Eastern Europe, fellows and guests discuss issues connected to the economies, politics and societies of Eastern Europe in an interdisciplinary, comparative perspective.

 

December 2016

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Dec
2016

Partitions Persistent?

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Judging by the variations in the levels of regional GDP and disposable income, Poland is one of most unequal countries in the EU today. The patterns of income inequality coincide with those of other social and demographic indicators, such as urbanization and infrastructure density, but also voting behavior, social cohesion and educational attainments. These in …
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June 2016

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Jun
2016

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Eugen Stancu is Associate Professor at the University of Bucharest and Executive Director of Eurocentrica. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the IWM. Cancelled! Print

April 2016

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Apr
2016

Russia and Its Aliens

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The break-up of the Soviet Empire resulted in large-scale labor migration from the FSU countries into Russia. This presentation will focus on the changes in the structure of the Russian public discourse that took place as a result of this process. These changes are about the transformation of former “friends” into “others” – and not …
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19
Apr
2016

The Habsburg Monarchy in Its Last Century

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Contemporary Europe is going through a crisis of confidence of supra-national institutions, especially of the European Union, to the advantage of a resurgence of nationalist ideologies.  A century ago a similarly supra-national institution (on a slightly smaller scale), the Habsburg Monarchy was also in the midst of a crisis—in the middle of the First World …
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Apr
2016

Framing Sexual Citizenship

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Sexuality and the Politics of Clothing: Cultural Production of Sexual Citizenship on Russian Makeover TV In recent debates, it has been recognized that the notion of citizenship is already deeply sexualized and based on the heteronormative frame. The logic of cultural production of sexual and gender citizenship can be traced through beauty makeover television shows …
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March 2016

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Mar
2016

Every Day Practices and Ethnic Markers

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“We are Europeans, but if someone wants a little Asia…” Debates about Budapest as a National and Cosmopolitan City in the 1890s In my presentation I will introduce two Turkish theme parks from the Hungarian Millennium Exhibition of 1896 and show what role these parks played in attempts to re-negotiate Budapest’s rank among European cities. …
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February 2016

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Feb
2016

Being a Foreign Agent

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In 2012, Russia passed the so-called “foreign agent’s law”, which transformed the structure of the Russian third sector, as well as everyday life for many non-profit organizations. The related legal amendments did not only invent a new legal definition — “an NGO, implementing functions of a foreign agent”. They also generated new types of law …
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Feb
2016

Emancipation or Illusion?

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In terms of intellectual development, the last three decades of the 20th century in Europe can be defined as the gradual decline of Marxist and socialist political thought both in the East and in the West. The seminar will focus on this significant intellectual change by using the example of Czechoslovak oppositional thinkers to show …
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January 2016

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Jan
2016

South-South? East-East?

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The paper, presented in this seminar, analyses an encounter between Chinese managers and Hungarian staff at a large chemical factory acquired by a Chinese competitor in 2011. It highlights the inadequacy of dichotomies such as “North-South,” “East-West” and “socialist-capitalist” by showing how Chinese managers who, as with other corporate acquisitions in Europe, expected to “learn” …
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13
Jan
2016

Das Rote Bologna Revisited

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Bologna was the only major Italian city governed by a Communist party throughout the entire Cold War period. It therefore presents a unique case of local communism in a capitalistic country. In the 1970s, Bologna became well-known in Western countries, for successfully combining economic growth, social well-being, and grassroots political participation. Forty years after the …
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