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The Annual Symposium of Soyuz, The Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies, University of Urbana-Champaid, March 11-12

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REEEC Annual Center Conference

New Postsocialist Ontologies and Politics


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Keynote Panel

Katherine Verdery (CUNY)
Michael Burawoy (UC Berkeley)


New Geopolitical Imaginaries I: What East-West Directionality?

Neoliberalism, Markets, and Socialism
Johanna Bockman (George Mason University)

Ghosts of ’97: Ponzi Finance as a Living Paradigm of Postsocialist Neoliberalism
Smoki Musaraj (The New School)

Provincializing Neoliberalism through Culture(s)
Manduhai Buyandelger (MIT)

Reinstating International Women’s Day: Communist Relic, Euro-Conformity, or Radical Feminism?
Karen Kapusta-Pofahl (Washburn University)

Discussant: Maria Todorova (University of Illinois)

What Was the Socialist Subject?

Commodity-As-Comrade: The Politics and Practice of Consumption in Brezhnev’s Lithuania
Diana Mincyte (Yale University)

Transnational Epistemic Communities in Socialist Psychology
Tuomas Laine-Frigren (Jyväskylä/Aleksenteri Institute, Helsinki)

From Socialist Internationalism to Contemporary Nomadism
Beth Hinderliter (SUNY, Buffalo)

Discussant: Neringa Klumbyte (Miami University)

New Geopolitical Imaginaries II: The Whiteness of State Socialism and Postsocialism

In the Claws of the Black Crab: Historical Imagination in Postcolonial Europe
Dace Dzenovska (University of Latvia)

From Non-Alignment to EU: the case of socialist Yugoslavia and postsocialist Slovenia
Nina Vodopivec (Institute for Contemporary History, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Whitened Histories: Revision, Reaction and Race in the Post-State-Socialist Politics of History in Hungary
József Böröcz (Rutgers University)

Discussant: Bruce Grant (NYU, ASEEES)

Living in Truth: Making Postsocialist Subjects

“The Power of the Powerless”: Eastern European Socialist Dissent, Western Theories of Civil Society, and their Brokers
Jonathan Larson (University of Iowa)

Secrets and Lies: “Truth-telling” and transparency in Hungary’s informer scandals
Maya Nadkarni (Swarthmore College)

Transparency between West and East
Susanne Cohen (Temple University)

Discussant: Jessica Greenberg (Northwestern)

Postsocialism as a Global Political Condition?

Post-Socialism is not Dead: Re-conceptualizing the Global in Comparative Education
Iveta Silova (Lehigh University)

A Genealogy of (post-)Soviet Dependency: Civil Rights or Redistribution
Cassandra Hartblay (University of North-Carolina, Chapel Hill)

The Politics of Recognition in Post-Socialist Latvia
Alexandre Beliaev (University of California, Berkeley)

Future as a Predicament: Answerable Politics and the Crisis of Youth in Postwar Bosnia
Larisa Kurtovic (University of California, Berkeley)

Postsocialism and/as the Anthropology of Democracy
Jessica Greenberg (Northwestern University)

Discussant: Zsuzsa Gille  (University of Illinois)

Concluding Roundtable


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Center for Advanced Study

European Union Center

Center for Global Studies

Unit for Criticism

Department of Political Science

Department of Anthropology

Department of Sociology

Department of Geography

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“With Immediate Effect” The Events of 1989 Revisited: Film Screening of “After the Velvet Revolution,” November 6

Tom Weidlinger, 1993, 58 mins
This documentary features interviews with seven Czechoslovak ctizens in 1990 and 1991, and again a year or two later to see how they fared after the end of Communism. The film effectively uses the individual stories to give some background on 1968, the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, and the economic consequences of the transition. Because the film was made so soon after the transition, it emphasizes uncertainty. A sense of bewilderment or even betrayal is conveyed by the fact that most of the individuals in the film experienced the idealism and hope of the Velvet Revolution only to find the gritty reality of transition more difficult than they had expected. As Vaclav Havel put it in one of the many pieces of historic footage included in the film, people felt “ambushed by freedom.”

Time: 7pm, November 6.

Location: International House, Coulter Lounge (1414 E. 59th St).

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“With Immediate Effect” The Events of 1989 Revisited: Film Screening of “Rabbit a la Berlin,” November 5

Bartek Konopka & Piotr Rosolowski, 2009, 52 mins

For 28 years the Berlin Wall “death zone” was a haven for wild rabbits—full of grass, no predators, guards keeping humans out. They were trapped, but happy. One day the walls around them fell, and the rabbits had to abandon their enclave. They moved to West Berlin, formed a few smaller colonies, and as revealed in this tongue-in-cheek “nature film”, are still learning how to live in the free world.

Time: 7pm, November 5.

Location: International House, Coulter Lounge (1414 E. 59th St).

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“With Immediate Effect” The Events of 1989 Revisited: Roundtable with the Consuls General of the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Poland, November 4

A discussion concerning the historic events of two decades ago in Central and Eastern Europe, and the paths taken since then – through personal reflections and recollections of how the process developed, the spirit of the movements, the leaders, the political atmosphere, and the ways in which the transition has resonated through the past twenty years. With Hon. Onno Hückmann of Germany, Hon. Zygmunt Matynia of Poland, Hon. Istvan Mezei of Hungary, Hon. Marek Skolil of the Czech Republic, and Hon. Robert Zischg of Austria.

Time: 6pm, November 4

Location: International House, Assembly Hall (1414 E. 59th St).

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Doc Films: 12:08 East of Bucharest, November 7

12:08 East of Bucharest

Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006 • It’s December 22nd. 16 years have passed since the Romanian Revolution. In this absurdist comedy (set by director Corneliu Porumoiu in his own provincial hometown of Vaslui), an old retiree is getting ready to spend another Christmas by himself, while a nearby history teacher struggles with debts. The owner of the local TV station decides to put them both on the air and finally address the question: “Was there a revolution in our town or not?”

This screening is part of “With Immediate Effect”: The Events of 1989 Revisited event series. All events are free and open to the public.
The series is cosponsored by the International House Global Voices Program, Doc Films, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.
Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs & External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274.

Time: 4:30pm, Saturday, November 7. Run-time: 89 minutes

Location: Max Palevsky Cinema
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th St

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