The project aims at a comprehensive analysis of changes and challenges of the post-socialist transformation of Eastern Europe countries, focusing on its political, social, cultural and other aspects. The project has a strong interdisciplinary agenda and presents a platform for mutual collaboration combining inputs from fields such as contemporary history, political science, cultural, linguistic and regional.
The main research areas are:
Post-Soviet (-socialist) transformation, transition, and their aspects (social, political, cultural, constitutional, etc.);
neo-nationalism, and the new wave of national emancipation;
populism and (post-socialist) democracy including the constitutional aspects;
language policy and language planning in post-soviet countries;
experience of totalitarianism, socialism and post-socialism;
identity formation and state ideology;
historical memory and historical consciousness, etc.
Long-term aims of the network:
research excellence: the project requires collaboration between excellent international scholars and doctoral students; it project entails interdisciplinary research in contemporary political, social, cultural and other aspects of the Eastern Europe region with respect to its past as seen from different perspectives;
shared framework for education: the project provides a shared educational platform for all the affiliated members; it seeks to improve research-based educational techniques (both teaching and learning) of the team members;
networking: scholars and students (MA and Ph.D.) will create a strong academic network; students will get in touch with affiliated experts and be offered the opportunity to join the project and get professional feedback to their own research.
Short-term aims of the network:
Interdisciplinary Summer School "Eastern Europe from the Post-Socialist Perspective: Changes and Challenges", 24-28 August 2020, Charles University, Prague; affiliated lecturers from the University of Milan, University of Warsaw, and University of Heidelberg will deliver thematically organized lectures followed by methodological seminars and workshops;
creating, specifying and implementing new interdisciplinary approaches and interdisciplinary methodology of teaching and research of the East European region, which could be applied at 4EU+ member universities as from the academic year 2021/22; in 2020, the project will focus on straightening the network relations of team members in order to create a resilient interdisciplinary platform for joint activities (workshops, publications, etc.).
Dr Alena Marková, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague (Coordinator)
Prof. Angela Di Gregorio, Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies, University of Milan
Dr Arianna Angeli, Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies, University of Milan
Dr hab. Joanna Getka, Head of Department of Central and East European Intercultural Studies, Faculty of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw
Dr hab. Jerzy Grzybowski, Department of Central and East European Intercultural Studies, Faculty of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw
Dr Anaïs Marin, Centre for French Culture, University of Warsaw / Chatham House
PhDr. Stanislav Tumis, M.A., Ph.D., Head of Department of East European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
Dr Karoline Thaidigsmann, Slavisches Institut, University of Heidelberg
Dr Felicitas Fischer von Weikersthal, Historisches Seminar, Lehrstuhl für Osteuropäische Geschichte, University of Heidelberg
Please feel free to contact the Project Coordinator with any questions:
Dr Alena Marková: