Comparative Studies of Communism: New Perspectives

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:00pm
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Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:00pm to Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 1:00pm

Third Annual Conference of the OSI-CEU Comparative History Project

Comparative Studies of Communism: New Perspectives

May 27-29, 2010

Organized by the History Department and Pasts Inc., Center for Historical Studies, and sponsored by the Higher Education Support program of the Open Society Institute.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Nádor u. 9., Auditorium

17:00 p.m. - 19:00 p.m.
Roundtable debate: The Collapse of Communism: Civil or Uncivil Society?

Welcome Address: John Shattuck (CEU President and Rector)

Chair: Constantin Iordachi (Department of History, CEU)


  • Stephen Kotkin (Department of History , Princeton University),
  • Vladimir Tismaneanu (Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland),
  • Istvan Rév (Open Society Archives; Department of History, CEU)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Nádor u. 11., Tóth István György Room (TIGY)

9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

CHAIR: Péter Apor (Pasts, Inc., CEU)

  • Sandrine Kott (European Institute, University of Geneva), “Conflicting views on Labor? Eastern European communist countries and the International Labor Organization”
  • Mark Pittaway (Department of History, The Open University, Milton Keynes), “Work, Socialism and State Formation: Rethinking the relationship between workers and the state in Central and Eastern Europe”  

11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

CHAIR: Charles Ingrao (Department of History, Purdue University)

  • John Lampe (Department of History, University of Maryland), “Yugoslavia's Foreign Policy in Balkan Perspective: Tracking between the Superpowers and Non-Alignment”
  • Aleš Gabrič (Institute for Contemporary History, Ljubljana), “Dissent in Eastern Europe: Yugoslavia in Comparison” 

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CHAIR: Alfred Rieber (Department of History, CEU)

  • Malte Rolf (Historical Seminar, Leibniz University, Hannover), "Indigenizing Soviet Rule: Local Agency and Trans-national Exchange. The Lithuanian SSR and the Polish People's Republic“
  • Jan C. Behrends (Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin),  “A Stalinist volonté générale. Legitimizing Communist Statehood (1936-1956)”  

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CHAIR: Balázs Trencsényi (Department of History, CEU)

  • Pavel Kolař (Zentrum for Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam), “The Party as Utopia: The Transformation of Communist Identity after 1956 in European Perspective”
  • Michal Kopeček (Institute for Contemporary History, Prague), “Communism and 'Authentic National Pasts'. Legitimizing Protest and Democracy in East Central Europe before and after 1989”

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Nádor u. 11., Tóth István György Room (TIGY)

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

CHAIR: Marsha Siefert (Department of History, CEU)

  • Muriel Blaive (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Vienna), “Discussing the merits of microhistory as a holistic approach: České Velenice, 1945-2010”
  • Thomas Lindenberger (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Vienna), “(In-)Comparable East Germany? Exploring the paradigmatic charm of a peculiar case of state socialism”

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Final roundtable debate
Teaching and Researching the Comparative Communism Studies in East-Central Europe: Challenges and Prospects 

Teaching fellows (CHP-CDC)

  • Malkhaz Toria (Ilia State University, Tbilisi), Communist Past vs.  National Past: Construction of Collective Memory in Soviet Georgia
  • Gabriel Leanca (University of Iaşi), Marxism and Nationalism: the Uses of the French Revolution in Romanian Historical Writing under Dictatorship
  • Andi Michalache (University of Iaşi), The Philosophy of History and the Political Background in Eastern Europe
  • Nino Chikovani (University of Tbilisi), Nationality Policy and Representation of History: Identity Formation in Soviet Georgia
  • Florea Ioncoaia (University of Iaşi), Academia in Soviet Times. The University of Iaşi Professoriate in Early Communist Romania, 1945-1960
  • Bejan Javakhia (University of Tbilisi), Medieval Studies in the Centre and Periphery of the Soviet Union

CHP-CDC fellows

  • Ekaterina Boltonouva (Russian State University for the Humanities)
  • Galina Babkova (Russian State University for the Humanities)
  • Ivan Kurilla (State University of Volgograd)
  • Vjeran Pavlakovic (University of Zagreb)
  • Ovidiu Buruiana (University of Iasi)
  • Oleksandr Zaytsev (Catholic University of Ukraine, Lviv)
  • Nikolai Vukov (New Bulgarian University)