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.

4th Core Group Meeting

Jan 09

4th Core Group Meeting, Ljubljana 16-20 January 2009.

The meeting took place at the Scientific-Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The first day of the session included a discussion with the local experts, joined by the historians Aleš Gabrič and Peter Vodopivec. The CAS director Diana Mishkova and external expert Elvis Fejzić were also present at the working sessions. 

In the meeting we agreed on the following:

  • The updated chapter sketches will be circulated in the coming weeks and those who cover a given national context are supposed to insert their recommendations of primary and secondary literature;
  • The Readers of canonic texts from each context with a short description of the context and importance of the text, and, if needed, a short glossary (of idiosyncratic notions, implicit references, etc.) will be finalized by the end of February;
  • The website is online, comments and suggestions should be sent within two weeks;
  • We agreed upon the strategy of inviting external experts concerning Ukraine and Belarus, Bosnia, Greece, Macedonia and Croatia. Albania and Estonia still remains to be discussed;
  • Elvis Fejzic, from the University of Sarajevo, who was present a the meeting, will be invited to join the project as an external expert dealing with Bosnian political thought;
  • We work further on our lists of characteristic quotes and key notions that can be built into the chapter sketches;
  • Simultaneously, we keep working on a sketch (with an implied narrative) of the history of political thought in our own national (or regional) context. We will discuss it in early 2010 - comparing it to the transnational narrative we develop together;
  • The next meeting will be held in Prague from 6 to 10 May, followed by a meeting in Belgrade in September.

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