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

14th Core Group Meeting

17-20
Jun 11

Memo of the 14th Negotiating Modernity core group meeting

Berlin, June 17th-20th, 2011

The meeting was attended by all the members of the core group, and by associate researchers Nevenko Bartulin, Ivars Ījabs, Alexander Martynau and Lea Ypi.

In the meeting, we discussed the Enlightenment subchapter on Discourses of Reform (presented by Maciej Janowski), the Romanticism subchapter on Projects and Debates of the Vormärz (presented by Monika Baár), the subchapter on State- and Nation-Building in the 2nd half of the 19th century (Balázs Trencsényi), the Fin-de-siècle subchapters on Religion & the Great War (Maria Falina), and on the Nationalities problem (Maciej Janowski), the subchapter on Interwar technocratism (B. Trencsényi), the subchapter on National Communism & the sketch on post-1945 Exile Subcultures (Luka Lisjak G.), and the sketch on post-1989 Feminist political thought (Michal Kopeček).

We also discussed the post-1989 county sketches on Poland (written by Piotr Wciślik, who was not present at the meeting) and Latvia (written and presented by I. Ījabs). In addition, Lea Ypi presented an overview of Albanian political thought in the interwar period.

In the meeting we also decided on the following: 

·         In the future, individualized reports will be sent to CAS, listing the tasks undertook and completed by each project member in this period.

·        We should start contracting new associate researchers for specific individual tasks. By the next meeting, we should have a list of tasks/periods/areas, in which we need external help, such as 20th century Lithuania. We agreed with Alexandr Voronovici to cover Moldova. We also contacted Khrystyna Chushak to cover post-1945 Ukraine.

·         Draft chapters should be finalized as soon as possible, so that they can be sent around and shown to externals.

·         We compiled a detailed list of individual tasks for the August meeting in the Julian Alps. Each one of the core group members was asked to collect a set of references for the national case he/she is responsible in order to integrate in the chapters he/she does not co-write. The meeting in Slovenia will be focused on finalizing the already existing chapters and more specifically, with the inserting of missing references.

·         In the next months, we should focus mostly in upgrading the already written chapters (sketches into drafts, drafts into finalized versions). Sketches to be sent at least one week in advance.

·         Each of us should compile a list of 10 basic canonic books of political thought (Montesquieu, Rousseau for the Enlightenment, J.S. Mill for the late 19th century, etc.), and check out when it was translated in the local vernaculars and who translated them. This list should be integrated with the list of the most influential foreign thinkers in each of the national contexts.

·         We set an individualized list of tasks in writing and finalizing the chapters. The goal is to have a narrative version of each subchapter by the end of 2011. All subsequent work should consist in upgrading, polishing and double-checking the already written text.

·         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.

·         Next meetings:

Kobarid - Drežnica (Slovenia), August 25th – 30th

Tartu, October 6th – 9t

Budapest, January 13th – 16th

Sarajevo, March 30th – April 1st;

Tirana, May 31st – June 4th/5th

Lviv, early September 2012

Florence - Fiesole, late November 2012  

Budapest/or Bratislava, January 2012

Sofia, March 2013;

After September 2012, the meetings will mostly focus on the interaction with external experts.

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