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.

12th Core Group Meeting

18-20
Mar 11

The meeting took place at the Central European University in Budapest, and was attended by Monika Baár, Maria Falina, Maciej Janowski, Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič, and Balázs Trencsényi from the core group, together with the associated researchers Ivars Ījabs, Kaarel Piirimäe, and Ostap Sereda. Piotr Wciślik (CEU) also participated in the discussion on the Interwar and Post-1945 chapters.

The meeting was mostly focused on in-depth discussion on interwar and sin-de-siècle contexts. The following sub-chapters were discussed: Romanticism: Debates on National and Trans-National Cultural and Political Loyalties; Fin-de-siècle: Theories of Nation, Civic Radicalism; Interwar Period: Ideas and Ideals of Self-determination, Radical Nationalism and Fascism; Post-1945: National Communism.

Kaarel Piirimäe, Ivars Ījabs and Ostap Sereda presented an overview of the Baltic and Ukrainian political thought in the fin-de-siècle and interwar periods with a focus on previously decided selected themes.

We also discussed the post-1945 chapters, establishing the ones which should be finalized (National Communisn & Non-Ideological Trends and Church) and those which should be sketched (The Cultural Upsurge of the 1960s and its Political Aspects & The Political Thought of the Exile Movements) by the next meetings in Prague and Berlin.

In the meeting we also decided on the following: 

  • In order to facilitate work on the post-1989 sections, we reiterated once again the need to submit country sketches (problem lists) for the post-1989 debates.
  • 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.
  • There should be more focus on individual interaction; in the future, shorter meetings of sub-groups within the core group should also take place for more focused discussions.
  • External experts for specific issues should be contacted.
  • A summer retreat, dedicated entirely to writing, will take place between August 25th – 30th in the Slovenian Alps.

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