Renown scholars discuss findings of the RESOCEA team

Conference poster

Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Institut Français de Bulgarie

SOFIA DIALOGUES FORUM
21st Edition

International Conference
November 24 – 25, 2015
Glace Hall, Sofia University

COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF COMMUNISM
Regime and Society in the Countries of Eastern Europe (1956-1989)

(Convened by Prof. Ivaylo Znepolski, RESOCEA)
November 24th

10.00 – 10.30: Opening
Ivaylo Znepolski (Sofia University): Problems of the Comparative Study of Communism

First Thematic Panel:
1989 IN THE SINCHRONIC AND THE DIACHRONIC PEPRSEPCTIVE OF THE COMPARATIVE STUDY

10.30 – 11.00
Dragos Petrescu (University of Bucharest): Communism in East-Central Europe: Comparing National-Accommodative, Welfare, and Modernizing-Nationalizing Communist Regimes

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.00
Miroslav Novak (CEVRO Institute – School of Political Studies, Prague): The Social Science’s Knowers and the Prefiguration of the Collapse of the Communist Regime

12.00 – 12.30
Martin Dimitrov (Tulane University, USA): 1989 in China and Eastern Europe in Diachronic Perspective

12.30 – 13.30 Discussion
13.30 – 15.00 Lunch Break

Second Thematic Panel (part one)
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES – DIFFERENT CASE STUDIES AND CONTEXTS

15.00 – 15.30
Adam Takacs (University of Budapest / CEU): Political-Economic versus Social-Historical Comparison: the Case of János Kornai’s The Socialist System

15.30 – 16.00
Agnes Gagyi (University of Budapest): World Economic Integration and a Moment of Political Critique by Reform Economists in Late Socialist Hungary

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee Break

16.30 – 17.00
Oldrich Tuma (Institute for Contemporary History, Prague): Economic Reforms in Czechoslovakia before and after 1968 in a Comparative Perspective

17.00 – 17.30
Thomas Lindenberger (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam): Unfit for Comparison? East German State Socialism as a ‘case’ of Industrial Society

17.30 – 18.00
Jan Skórzyński (Collegium Civitas, Warsaw): The Solidarity Self-limiting Revolution in Poland and the Gorbachev’s Policy of „New Thinking”.

18.00 – 18.30 Discussion

November 25th

Second Thematic Panel (part two)
COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES – DIFFERENT CASE STUDIES AND CONTEXTS

10.00 – 10.30
Dariusz Stola (Institute for Political Studies, Warsaw): International Mobility from Communist States and State-society Relations: From Non-exit Policy to Socialist Schengen and the Erosion of Control in Transnational Spaces

10.30 – 11.00
Alexander Vezenkov (Institute for Studies of the Recent Past, Sofia): “Rural systematization” in Romania vs. “Settlement systems” in Bulgaria: Regional policies during the late communist period in national context and in comparative perspective

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.00
Sabina Mihelj (Loughborough University, UK): Comparing Socialist Media Cultures: The Screening Socialism Project

12.00 – 12.30
Dieter Segert (Institut fur Politkwissenschaft, Universität Wien): Challenges of a Social and Cultural History of the Intellectual Service Classes and Rank and File Members of Communist Parties in Late Socialism (1956-1989)

12.30 – 13.30 Discussion
13.30 – 15.00 Lunch Break

Third Thematic Panel
REGIMES OF THE COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL STUDY

15.00 – 15.30
Christoph Boyer (University of Salzburg): Communist Apparatuses and Regime-Society Relations: Paths of Development in East Central Europe (GDR, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary)

15.30 – 16.00
Ivaylo Znepolski (Sofia University): Toward a Theory of Detotalitarisation: Regime and Society in Eastern Europe from a Comparative Perspective (1956-1989)

16.00 – 16.30 Discussion
16.30 – 17.00 Coffee Break

17.00 – 17.30
Michael Werner (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris): Comparison, Transfer Studies and histoire croisée: On the Reflexive Approach to the Transnational

17.30 – 18.00
Pavel Kolar (European University Institute, Florence): The Relationship between Comparative and Global history in the Historiography of Communism

18.00 – 19.00 Discussion and General Remarks
19.00 – 19.15 Closing of the Conference

20.00 Reception Party at the “Checkpoint Charlie” Restaurant

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The research leading to the results presented at the conference has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement No. 269608.

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