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.

18th Core Group Meeting & Workshop on Bosnian Political Thought in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Apr 12

Participants: Monika Baár, Maria Falina, Elvis Fejzić, Branimir Janković, Maciej Janowski, Michal Kopeček, Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič, Zsófia Lóránd, Balázs Trencsényi, Ivana Trkulja

During the meeting we discussed the following drafts: Ideas of 1848, iv, The ideologists of Counter-Revolution and v, The Aftermath of the Revolution;  Fin-de-siècle liberalism, conservativism and civic radicalism; political debates during WWI; post-WWI state-building discourses; resistance during WWII; post-WWII non-communist political groups and their ideas; post-1945 exiles; post-1989 debates on Europe; and the evolution of the early post-communist political systems.

Relying on Zsófi’s presentation we also discussed the main lines of feminist political thought to be inserted into the volume. Ivana presented the preliminary results of her research and we discussed the main issues to be included into her “country reports”. Last, but not least, Branimir talked about Croatian historiography of the 1970-80s and we discussed the broader Yugoslav and Eastern European contexts of Marxist and post-Marxist historiographies.

On 31 March, we held a workshop on Bosnian political thought in the 19th and 20th centuries, convened by Elvis, with the participation of:

  1. Prof. Šaćir Filandra (Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo)
  2. Prof. Esad Zgodić (Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo)
  3. Prof. Senadin Lavić (Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo)
  4. Dr. Edin Radušić (Faculty of Philosophy, Department of History, University of Sarajevo)
  5. Amir Duranović, Ph.D. Candidate (Faculty of Philosophy, Department of History, University of Sarajevo)

During the meeting we agreed upon the following:

1. Main tasks of writing


·         Remaining parts of Romanticism to be finalized


·         Late 19th century Liberals and the “Church question” – to be written

·         Turn of the century Conservatisms, new and old – to be finalized

·         Dynamics of ethnic conflict and attempts at solution – to be finalized

·         Debates on anti-Semitism – to be written

·         Faces of modernity - to be written


·         World War Ito be finalized

·         Interwar State and nation-building subchapters – to be finalized

·         WWII Resistance movements – to be written

·         Interwar Politics and Religion – to be finalized


·         Interwar ii, Aesthetic-political modernism /”progressivism – to be finalized

·         Leftist pluralism in the 1930s  - to be finalized

·         The cultural upsurge of the 60s and its political aspects – to be expanded

·         Dilemmas of state-building after 1989 – to be written


·         Socialist Authoritarianism – to be finalized

·         Perestroika reformism – to be written

·         Stalinism – to be written

·         Thaw – to be written

·         1968 – to be finalized

·         New political themes: ecology, information – to be written


·         Post-89 liberalism – to be updated and sent to Michal for finalization

·         Post-89 religion & politics – to finalized

·         Post-45 exile – to be finalized

·         Add missing Yugoslav references to the finalized post-45 & post-89 chapters, starting from 1980s Opposition & post-89 Ai & Aiii

2. Next meetings:

·         Tirana, May 31st arrival – departure June 4th  evening/5th (on 1st of June workshop on modern Albanian political thought)

·         Lviv, 5th September arrival, 10th departure, (in coordination with Ostap)

·         EUI Florence - Fiesole, 9-11 November 2012 

·         Budapest, 10-11 or 17-18 January 2013

·         Sofia, March 2013; final conference


3. Other issues

·         In April the first round of negotiations with publishers will be started, by then the Enlightenment and Interwar chapters plus the introduction should reach the level of being ready for reviewing.

·         We keep collecting typical quotes and idiosyncratic expressions from the different contexts for “enriching” the manuscript

·         ECE special issue: manuscripts are finalized after peer review, to be submitted to the publisher in June

·         The proceedings from the Prague conference are being collected, 7-8 texts are still in the waiting

·         Following the discussions we readjusted the table of contents in some sections of the turn of the century, interwar and post-89 chapters. 

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