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.

8th Core Group Meeting

Mar 10

Memo of the 8th meeting of the core group

Sofia, March 29-30

The meeting, hosted by the Center for Advanced Study, Sofia, was attended by the members of the core research group and by associate researchers Augusta Dimou, Tchavdar Marinov, and Karel Piirimäe. CAS director Diana Mishkova also joined the discussion.

Program of the meeting: 

28 March evening - general discussion of the progress of the project, sharing impressions about the writing process;

29 March

Morning session - 10.00-13.45

  • Enlightenment.   A) From the multi-layered polities to modern states by Maciej Janowski (checked by Monika Baar)
  • Enlightenment. B) The Enlightened Public Sphere, first draft by Monika Baar;
  • Romanticism.  A ii) The question of emancipation and social reforms by Monika Baar and checked by Balazs Trencsenyi
  • general discussion on Enlightenment and Romanticism chapters


Afternoon 15.00-19.15

  • Fin-de-siècle:  Radical Democrats and Socialists by Maria Falina;
  • Interwar. Politicization of religion by Maria Falina and Balazs Trencsenyi;
  •  Interwar Agrarianism by Balazs Trencsenyi
  • Tchavdar Marinov's comment on Macedonian turn of the century and interwar political thought
  • general discussion on Fin de siècle and interwar chapters

30 March:

Morning session – 9.50-13.45

  • Projects of state-building / mid-19th century. B) Reshaping of Liberalism after 1848, by Balazs Trencsenyi
  • Fin-de-siècle: A) Liberals and Mass Politics, first draft by Maciej Janowski
  • Post-1989. A ii) The ambiguous legacy of the liberal transition package by Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič (checked by Michal Kopeček)
  • Post-1989. Politics of coming to term with the totalitarian past, first draft by Michal Kopeček
  •  general discussion on mid-19th c. and post-1989 chapters


Afternoon 15.00-19.45

  • Post-1945.  Marxist Revisionism by Michal Kopeček (checked by Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič).
  • Post-1945.  National Communism draft by Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič
  • general discussion on 1945-1989 sub-chapters
  • Tchavdar Marinov's short comment on post-1945 issues in Macedonia
  • Kaarel Piirimäe’s comment on the Estonian and broader Baltic aspects of the topics mentioned above, and presenting first sketch of his interwar federalism project
  • Augusta Dimou’s comment on the Greek perspectives of the discussed sub-chapters, followed by discussion.
  • Practical affairs, new members, bibliographies, tasks for the next meeting, future meetings.

In the meeting, we agreed on the followig:

 In the weeks following the meeting, everybody will send specific comments to the authors responsible for the single chapters.

  • Each of the authors shall finish the drafts of the first chapters, finalize the second draft, and start working on the third draft, in accordance with the agreed division of the tasks. In the next meeting, the second and third drafts will be discussed.
  • 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. We will discuss it in the Warsaw meeting. We should also continue compiling the list of influential foreign thinkers for our context.
  • By early May, all participants in the project will send a top list of primary and secondary literature on the post-1989 period, composed of at least 20 titles. Between late May and mid June, the literature (both primary and secondary) on the single sub-chapters for the post-1989 period will be collected.
  • The following meeting will be held in Bucharest between 15th and 20th June 2010, coordinated with a workshop on interwar anti-modernist discourses in the Balkans (with a focus on Romania). In late October 2010, the meeting will be held in Warsaw. Suggestions for the next meetings are: Tirana (January 2011), Athens (June 2011), Lviv - Chernivtsi (Autumn 2011). Possible future venues: Berlin, Sarajevo, Tartu, Vilnius.

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