Social Social Transformations and Social Identities in East-Central and Southeastern Europe under Socialism, 1944/45–1989/91

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Senate Room
Friday, September 28, 2007 - 9:00am
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Friday, September 28, 2007 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 1:30pm


28 September, Friday

9:00 Opening

9: 30-11:15 The Socialist Normal Biography
John Borneman (Princeton) Ethnopsychological Aspects of the Lifecourse under East-Central European Socialism
Daniela Koleva (Sofia) Bulgarian socialism: the Normal Biography and the Actual 'Muddling through'
Blazej Brzostek (Warsaw) Warsaw 1945-1989: Some Social Continuities in a Destroyed City

Coffee break

11:45-13:00 Public and Private
Ulf Brunnbauer (Berlin) The Family as Private space? Or a State Agency? Reflections on a Pervasive Dichotomy
Paulina Bren (New York) The Greengrocer and His T.V.: Privatized Citizenship and Late Communist Soap Opera

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-17:30 Mobility
Tibor Valuch (Budapest) Social Mobility and Identity Problems in the Hungarian Society after WWII
Daniel Logemann (Jena) Private Contacts between Germans and Poles in Leipzig (1970-1989)

Coffee break

Karin Taylor (Graz) On Holiday without the State: Individual Vacationing and Social Difference in Yugoslavia
Igor Duda (Pula) On Holidays with the State: Social Tourism and Social Background in Socialist Yugoslavia

29 September, Saturday

9:00-13:00 The Socialist Consumer

Milla Mineva (Sofia) Consumer Citizenship in Socialist Bulgaria
György Majtényi (Budapest) Socialist Luxury: Lifestyles of the Elite in Hungary during the 1950s and 1960s

11:00 Coffee break

Susan Reid (Sheffield) Becoming a Home-maker and Consumer in the Soviet Union of the 1960s

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:45 Shaping the Socialist Worker

Sándor Horváth (Budapest) Under the Shadow of the Great Tree: a Youth Gang in Budapest in the Sixties
Mark Pittaway (Milton Keynes) – Eszter Bartha (Budapest-Florence) Working-Class Culture, Socialist Models of Work and Leisure in Hungary, 1948-1989

Coffee break

16:15-18:15 Transformation of Rural Cultures

Péter Apor (Budapest) Rural Anti-Semitism and the Communist Take-over in Postwar Hungary
Olaf Mertelsmann (Tartu) From Farm to Kolkhoz: Transforming Rural Life in Soviet Estonia
Constantin Iordachi (Budapest) Collectivisation in Romania

30 September, Sunday

10:00-12:00 Concluding discussion: The Role of Social Networks in the transformations of the socialist dictatorships

Michal Pullman (Prague) Perestroika as a Challenge: Groups, Conflicts, and Networks within the Dynamics of the Project in Czechoslovakia
Eszter Zsófia Tóth (Budapest) The Cultural Identity Forms of Semi-skilled Women Workers in Socialist Hungary