The Transformative Blog provides informative insights for a global intellectual audience. Read about social, economic, and cultural transformations in the region with a global perspective and wide scope of interest: from current affairs to historical analysis on Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia and the co-transformation of Western countries.

We invite contributions in history, sociology, economics, cultural and social anthropology, political science as well as from all interdisciplinary approaches. Expected length: 1200-1400 words. If you would like to become an author, please contact Dr. Sheng Peng at sheng.peng(at)

Wording of trauma, recording memory


Writing is a known tool for healing trauma. And poetry lends itself to rapid responses under pressure. Forced into migrating to flee war, many Ukrainian women turn to the short form as a call of solidarity, a weapon and solace.

Choosing Ukrainian, then and now


Reintegrating Russian-speaking Ukrainians into the ‘Motherland’ – one of Putin’s central pretexts for war – has impacted a sharp counter reaction: many are abandoning their mother tongue, reaffirming their Ukrainian identity. Could Ukraine be headed for monolingualism after centuries of multi-language cultural exchange?

Financial Crises: Then and Now


Financial crises are hard to predict. Studying historical financial crises provides insight into the vulnerabilities in each economic system that help us forecast such an event. Policy-induced and institutional factors are key to predict and prevent financial crises.

Ukrainian Refugees in Europe: An Economic Burden or Opportunity?


The integration of Ukrainian refugees represents a significant challenge for European states. Yet what might be a short-term burden, could be of long-term benefit for both the refugees and the host societies.

Russischer Angriffskrieg: Von Kälte und Resilienz


Die militärischen Erfolge ändern wenig an der verzweifelten Lage der Menschen in der Ukraine. Auch Stimmungen entscheiden über den Fortgang dieses Krieges. Warum sich der Westen über einige Punkte im Klaren sein sollte.

Will the ‘Nuclear Taboo’ Survive?


The nuclear taboo, which has prevented the use of nuclear weapons since 1945, is under pressure. Amidst the crisis of non-proliferation institutions, the war in Ukraine has heightened US-Russia tensions, increasing the threat of the use of nuclear weapons. Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones might be the last bulwark of the non-proliferation utopia.

Freedom in Times of War and Climate Crisis


The war in Ukraine and the worsening climate crisis challenge our conceptions of freedom. The nation and the state make a comeback not as enemies, but as guarantors of freedom.

The Unseen Suffering Beyond Europe: The “Other Victims” of Russia’s Power Games


In this blog post, Nino Aivazishvili-Gehne presents experiences and their consequences regarding Russia's aggressive policy beyond European borders.

The Lives and Afterlives of the Cold War’s Deadly Weapons


Dr. Rosamund Johnson (RECET) provides a unique insight into the history of gun production and its politics in Eastern Europe, particularly Czechoslovakia, a timely topic considering weapons lifespan in the context of the current war in Ukraine.

United for Change – What Does the New Government in Prague Mean for the Region?


Mojmir Stransky sums up last-year parliamentary elections and government formation in Czech Republic. A brief insight into local politics poses broader questions about politics in Eastern Europe, role of coalitions and political future of the whole region.