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.

3rd Core Group Meeting

Nov 08

In the meeting we agreed on the following:

  • We finalize the list of must-read canonic texts from each context we are dealing with, with a short description of the context and importance of the text, and, if needed, a short glossary (of idiosyncratic notions, implicit references, etc.) to create a familiarity for each other of the fundamental texts.
  • The chapter sketches will be finalized by the end of December 2008. All of the chapter sketches will be edited by two or three persons of the core group in accordance with the discussion that took place in the working meeting. 
  • Once the edited sketches of the chapters had been sent out, each of us should add the names of the thinkers of his/her own region in the appropriate categories outlined in the sketches. Both primary and secondary literature should also be structured according to the chapter sketches.
  • Each of us should structure the list of thinkers mentioned in our chapter sketches and bibliographies according to three categories: top thinkers who will be analyzed in extenso, authors representing a specific discourse, and those who might not be interesting per-se, but are symptomatic figures for illsutrating a certain trend.
  • Simultaneously, we keep working on a sketch (with an implied narrative) 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 national canons.

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