History of Modern Political Thought in East-Central Europe

Centre for Advances Study (CAS), Sofia
European Research Council (ERC)
The Principal aim of the Project is a synthetic volume on the history of modern political thought in East Central Europe

10th Core Group Meeting

Oct 10

At the meeting, we agreed on the following:



·                     We discussed the Ukrainian, Estonian and Belarusian contexts and established the main lines of their integration to the project.

·                     Those chapters that are close to be finished should be finalized so that we can start sending them out to external readers. Procedure of finishing chapters: deadline for finalizing the chapters, which we had prepared by the June meeting, is 1 December.

·                     In addition to that, the new subchapters to be started are: II/B iii, Enlightened historiographic projects; iv, Aesthetics and Politics: Harbingers of Romanticism new drafts, also write a short sketch of III/A i, Continuities with the Enlightenment paradigms; draft of the subchapter on fin-de-siecle conservativism, and sketch the subchapter on the Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict and Attempts at Solution at the turn of the century; Draft interwar state-building subchapter 1. and fin-de-siècle Church and politics; sketch the interwar regionalism-centralism (2nd) subchapter; draft interwar etatism, and IV/A: Problem of the Nation State in the second half of the 19th century; sketch interwar leftist pluralism; draft subchapter on the Ideas of 1989, sketch the subchapter on the Rising Kulturkampf of the 2000s; draft the national communism subchapter and sketch the one on post-1989 new left. All this should be sent in by the 8th of January.

·         In addition, we have set the individual tasks for the associate members, apart from working on their research topic and writing the country overviews.

·         Each of us should continue writing a narrative sketch of the history of political thought in our own national (or regional) context. In doing so, we should be particularly careful to include the texts which were framing the contemporary discourse (economic, legal texts, etc.), but which have fallen out of the canon. In January we will present and discuss the post-1945 part of the general narrative, with a special emphasis on the post-1989, so that we stimulate more thinking on this. We should also continue compiling the list of influential foreign thinkers for our context.

·                     A particular emphasis should be put in collecting the references for the post-1989 period. By November a top list of primary and secondary literature on the post-1989 period should be composed.

·                     The thematic bloc in the journal East Central Europe containing the first set of Project Proceedings – Political Discourses and the National Problem in East Central Europe, 1910-1939, will be edited by Maria Falina and Balazs Trencsenyi. The results of the Prague workshop on post-1989 discourses will be published in an edited volume by Michal.

·                     The following meeting will be held between 14th and 16th January 2011, in Budapest. There will be a partial Budapest meeting mainly for the Core Group in Budapest on 15-16 March 2011. The meeting on post-1989 contexts will be between 20 and 22 May in Prague. It will be followed by the meeting in Berlin, organized by Monika, between 17 and 20 June. The dates of the longer August retreat for the Core Group, where we will focus on the co-written chapters, is 25-30 August. The last meeting of 2011 will be in Tartu, in the form of a workshop held together with the local research group on Baltic regionalism. The preliminary date is last week of October. The planned meetings in 2012 are Tirana January, Athens April, Sarajevo June and Lviv October. Further plans: Sofia-Plovdiv, Vilnius, Bratislava.

·                     The new members of the research group are Vangelis Karamanolakis from Greece, who will work together with Augusta on the Greek case; Ostap Sereda from Ukraine, and Alex Martynau from Belarus. We are still looking for a Latvian scholar to involve, and a possible additional external member covering the Socialist and post-Socialist Ukrainian contexts: we will search for him/her in accordance to Ostap’s suggestions.

·                     Still remains important: Communication should be more individualized, so that the authors of the chapter drafts can get more fine-tuned suggestions and information.

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