24.06. until 25.06.2019 in Poznań, Poland

The Downfall of Communism in East-Central and Southern Europe: An Attempt of Comparative Perspective

  • 24.06. until 25.06.2019
  • starting at: 9:00
  • Event language: English
  • Deadline for submissions: 22.04.2019
  • Instytut Pamięci Narodowej, Oddział w Poznaniu
  • Event location: Poznań
  • Type of Event: Call for Papers
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Call for Papers International Scientific Conference The Downfall of Communism in East-Central and Southern Europe: An Attempt of Comparative Perspective

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 22 April, 2019

Place and time of conference: Poznań, Poland, 24–25 June, 2019

Keywords: communist regimes, dissidence, political opposition, political surveillance, dissident political thought, intellectual history, protests, revolutions,

Fields: history, sociology, political sciences, anthropology, cultural studies, economy

In 1989, 30 years had passed since the fall of communism – a system installed in Central and Southern Europe following World War II. The changes which took place in 1989–1991 were the beginning of a political transformation in the states of Central and Southern Europe as well as in the Soviet Union. The triple transformation encompassed the reconstruction of free market economy, parliamentary democracy, and – in the case of the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, or Czechoslovakia – state building. The aim of the conference is, in particular, to analyze, in the comparative perspective:

– the role and significance of the opposition in particular societies of Central and Eastern Europe,

– the position and role of churches and denominational associations in the transformation process,

– various paths of the transition from the totalitarian system in the communist version to a democratic one in particular states of Central and Eastern Europe, combined with an attempt at a verification of various models of the fall of communism (the domino effect, structural contradictions of centrally planned economy, the breakdown of the faith in Marxism, etc.)

– strategies (or the lack thereof) of implementing free market economy,

– relationships of the states of Central and Eastern Europe with the external world: the USSR, the USA, EEC, and NATO, and attitudes toward globalization processes,

– settlement of the communist past in the form of lustration and decommunization, and the presence of communism in historical memory.

Conference language: English

Please send paper proposals consisting of paper title, a brief (up to 250 words) abstract and a short biographic entry (up to 100 words) to Prof. Krzysztof Brzechczyn (krzysztof.brzechczyn@ipn.gov.pl)


Krzysztof Brzechczyn
61-487 Poznań, ul. Rolna 45 a