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

Liberal Democracy, Authoritarian Pasts and the Legacy of 1989

May 11


Liberal Democracy, Authoritarian Pasts and the Legacy of 1989

Comparative workshop on recent history of political and social thought in East Central Europe

Prague, May 20-22, 2011

Venue:  Czech Academy of Sciences, Národní 3, Praha 1, Room No. 206


FRIDAY May 20, 2011


Welcome and introductory remarks: Michal Kopeček (Institute of Contemporary History, Prague), Balázs Trencsényi (Central European University, Budapest)


Reconstitution of Liberalism in the Post-Socialist Era

Karolina Wigura (Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University): Towards Central-European Liberalism? Polish liberal tradition after 1989

Ferenc Laczó (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena): Between setting a new liberal agenda and confronting the 20th century: Political discourse in the Hungarian weekly Beszélő (1989-1995)

Chair/Discussant: Michal Kopeček (ICH, Prague)


Coffee Break


Reconstitution of Liberalism in the Post-Socialist Era II

Milan Znoj (Charles University, Prague): Czech liberal traditions after 1989

Irena Ristić (Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade): Where have all the liberals gone? The case of Serbia

Martin Myant (University of the West of Scotland): The roots of the (partial?) triumph of neo-liberal economics in east-central Europe

Chair/Discussant: Paul Blokker (University of Trento)

12:10- 13:30



Varieties and Metamorphoses of Conservatism

Jan Filip Staniłko (Sobieski Institute, Warsaw): Three traditions of Polish conservatism

Petr Roubal (ICH, Prague): A conservative counterrevolution? The post-dissident conservatives in Czech politics after 1989

Adéla Gjuričová (ICH, Prague): Covert conservatism: Conservative approach to family and gender as a factor of Czech post-communist transition

Chair/Discussant: Maciej Ruczaj (Polish Institute, Prague)


Coffee Break


Populism and Democracy in East Central Europe

Andrej Findor (Comenius University, Bratislava): Populism as a category of political analysis in East Central Europe

Alexandar Martynau (Palacký University, Olomouc): Populism in Eastern Europe: success in Belarus, failure in Ukraine

Juraj Buzalka (Comenius University, Bratislava): The political lives of dead populists in post-socialist Slovakia

Chair/Discussant: Maria Falina (CEU, Budapest)


Coffee Break


Populism and Democracy in East Central Europe II

Camil Parvu (University of Bucharest): Transformations of liberalism and new populisms: recent debates in Romania

Ruzha Smilova (Sofia University): Debating the ‘flawed’ transition in Bulgaria and the populist response

András Bozóki (CEU, Budapest): Traditions and reinventions of populist politics in Hungary

Chair/Discussant: Balázs Trenscényi (CEU, Budapest)


Dinner, Café Louvre, Národní 22, Praha 1

SATURDAY May 21, 2011


In Search of the Left

Michał Łuczewski (Institute of Sociology, Warsaw University) From socialism to conservatism and decadence. Transformations of the Polish Left after 1989

Luka Lisjak Gabrielčič (CEU, Budapest): Post-Yugoslav Left between Radicalism and Conformism: the case of Slovenia

Luboš Blaha (Institute of Political Science, SAS, Bratislava): The left in Slovakia: a role model or heresy?

Chair/Discussant: Patrik Eichler (Masaryk’s Democratic Academy, Prague)


Coffee Break


Alternative Politics and Challengers of the ‘Liberal Consensus’

Allan Sikk (University College London): Postcommunism and postmaterialism? The foundations of green politics in Estonia

Zsófia Lóránd (CEU, Budapest): Feminist criticism of the “new democracies” in Serbia and Croatia in the 1990s

Larisa Kurtović (University of California, Berkeley) Wither the state? Crisis of youth and longing for the system in the post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina

Chair/Discussant: Adéla Gjuričová (ICH, Prague)




Politics of History

James Mark (University of Exeter): 1989 after 1989 in East-Central Europe

Adam Hudek (Institute of History, SAS, Bratislava): Anti-national freethinkers, nationalists and Bolsheviks. Wars over history after the fall of Communism. The case of Slovakia

Dušan Spasojević (University of Belgrade): Social cleavages, Europeanization and competing discourses in Serbia

Aleksandar Jakir (University of Split): Politics of memory and political divisions in Croatia

Chair/Discussant: Luka Lisjak Gabrielčič (CEU, Budapest)


Coffee Break


Politics of History II

Piotr Wciślik (CEU, Budapest): “Totalitarianism” and dissident political languages in Central Europe: late Communism and after

Georgiy Kasianov (Institute of Ukrainian History, UAS, Kiyv): Historians and politics in Ukraine and Belarus

Gábor Egry (Institute of Political History, Budapest): A fate for a nation. Concepts of History and the Nation in the Hungarian politics, 1989-2010

Chair/Discussant: Muriel Blaive (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Public Space, Vienna)


Dinner, Restaurant Kolkovna Olympia, Vítězná 7, Praha 1

SUNDAY, 22 May


Constitutionalism, Parliamentarianism, Transition

Paul Blokker (University of Trento): Constitutions as vehicle of transformation and democratization 

Jiří Přibáň (Cardiff University): The rights revolution? On the emerging jurisprudence and theories of the democratic rule of law

Zoltán Gábor Szűcs (Miskolc University): The abortion of a ’conservative constitutionalization’ An analysis of the documents of making a new constitution in Hungary between 1994-98 

Oleksandr Androshchuk (Institute of Ukrainian History, UAS, Kiyv): “Federal Ukraine”: discourses, projects and political games (1989 – to present)

Chair/Discussant: András Bozóki (CEU, Budapest)


Concluding Discussion

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