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

13th Core Group Meeting

May 11

The meeting, combined with a very successful workshop on political thought in the region after 1989 convened by Michal Kopeček, took place at the Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. From the project participants it was attended by Maria Falina, Michal Kopeček, Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič, Alex Martyanau and Balázs Trencsényi.

The meeting was focused on the post-1945 and post-1989 chapters. We have analyzed in detail the country sketches on Poland, Czech Republic, Albania, Romania, Belarus, Latvia, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia. In addition, Alex presented an overview of the evolution of Belarusian political thought from the 1930s to our days, with special focus on the debates on identity, national communism, relationship to Russia, and the Holocaust.

From the post-1945 chapters, we discussed some aspects of the National Communism section and further clarified the argument of those which are currently sketched by Luka Lisjak (The Cultural Upsurge of the 1960s and its Political Aspects & The Political Thought of the Exile Movements).

In the meeting we also decided on the following: 

·         We are still expecting the following short (2-3 pages long) country sketches (problem lists) for the post-1989 debates until Feb 15, 2011 on Estonia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Macedonia, and Moldavia.

·         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.

·         We started to compile a list of external experts for specific issues (periods, regions or thematic unites).

·         we discussed the schedule of the forthcoming meetings:

1.     Berlin in mid June.

2.     Working session in the Slovenian Alps in late August.

3.     Early October in Tartu

The planned meetings in 2012 are Tirana, Sarajevo, and Lviv. Further plans: Vilnius, Bratislava, Sofia-Plovdiv, Florence-Fiesole.

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, is currently edited by Maria Falina and Balázs Trencsényi. It contains texts by Nevenko Bartulin, Kaarel Piiramae, Lea Ypi, Elvis Fejzić, Diana Mishkova, and Ivars Ijabs. The results of the Prague workshop on post-1989 discourses will be published in an edited volume.

·                     Everyone should keep uploading relevant secondary literature on the website and the primary literature on the internal ftp server.

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