20 Years of Change: Post-Communist Historiography in/on Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, 1989-2009
On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the CEU, History Department together with Pasts, Inc. launched a project with the ambitious aim of providing a framework for a wide-ranging research on the historiography of the last twenty years in Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe, and to produce a collective edited volume to be published.
The evolution of historiography in the former communist bloc has remained to date relatively unknown to the international or even regional audience. There are only few comprehensive overviews available in English. Moreover, given the internal dynamism of the field, such reports need regular reappraisals. In order to fill this lacuna, the aim of this project is to provide an overview of the state of the art in the writing of history in Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe in the last two decades. The organizing principle and main innovation of the project is to transcend national borders or categories usually shaping historiographical overviews and to instead focus on major disciplinary traditions and sub-fields of research broadly reflecting the interdisciplinary fields covered in the School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies. Our aim is not to create an exhaustive annotated bibliography, but to highlight the most important trends in these fields, with a focus on how and to what extent certain approaches were indigenized/negotiated/hybridized in these regions in the last twenty years.
As part of this project, a workshop on 15-16 September 2011 is to offer an opportunity to have an insight into this work in progress.
15 SEPTEMBER, THURSDAY
9.30-10.00 Opening remarks: Nadia Al-Bagdadi (Professor, Head of Department, Department of History, CEU), Constantin Iordachi (Associate Professor, Department of History, CEU), Balázs Trencsényi (Associate Professor, Department of History, CEU)
10.00-11.40 FIRST PANEL
Chair:Matthias Riedl (Assistant Professor, Department of History, CEU)
Gábor Klaniczay (Professor, Department of Medieval Studies, CEU): Medieval Studies after 1989 in East-Central Europe
György E. Szőnyi (Professor, Department of Department of History, CEU): The Rebirth of the Renaissance: Developments of Early Modern Cultural History in Hungary and Central Europe since the Fall of Stalinism
11.40-12.00 Coffee break
12.00-13.40 SECOND PANEL
Chair: Alfred Rieber (Professor Emeritus, Department of History, CEU)
László Kontler (Professor, Department of History, CEU): Early? Modern? Central? Europe? Reflections on Hungarian, Slovak, Czech and Polish historiography, c. 1990-2010
Balázs Trencsényi (Associate Professor, Department of History, CEU): Discoveries, Disenchantments, and Discontinuities: (Re)writing the histories of modern political thought in East Central Europe after 1989
13.40-14.30 Lunch break
14.30-16.10 THIRD PANEL
Chair:Marsha Siefert (Associate Professor, Department of History, CEU)
Susan Zimmermann (Professor, Department of Gender Studies, CEU), Alexandra Ghit (PhD student, Gender Studies,CEU): Troubled Waters. Institutionalization, Paradigms, and Trends in Women's and Gender History
Tijana Krstić (Assistant Professor, Department of History, CEU): Representations of Conversion to Islam in Recent Historiography of Southeastern Europe
16 SEPTEMBER, FRIDAY
9.30-11.10 FOURTH PANEL
Chair: Karl Hall (Associate Professor, Department of History, CEU)
Katalin Szende (Associate Professor, Head of Department, Department of Medieval Studies, CEU), Markian Prokopovych (Assistant Professor, University of Vienna): Urban Historical Scholarship in East Central Europe during the Last 20 Years
Alexei Miller (Visiting Professor, Department of History, CEU): The Romanov Empire in historiography of post-communist Europe;
11.10-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-13.40 FIFTH PANEL
Chair: Victor Karády (Professor, Department of History, CEU)
Constantin Iordachi (Associate Professor, Department of History, CEU): Coping with the Totalitarian Legacy: Studies on Fascism in East Central and South-Eastern Europe
Péter Apor (Research Fellow, Pasts, Inc., CEU): The History of Everyday Life: Deconstructing Communism?
Taku Shinohara (Associate Professor, Czech Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies): East European Studies in Japan after 1989