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. 
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lease contact Dr. Sheng Peng at sheng.peng(at)univie.ac.at.

Will the ‘Nuclear Taboo’ Survive?

14.11.2022

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

21.10.2022

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

01.09.2022

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

23.08.2022

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?

20.06.2022

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.

Defending the Family Kremlin-Style, or Who is Afraid of the Partnership Law in Lithuania

03.06.2022

Rasa Navickaitė explores the political usage of war in Ukraine by the Lithuanian Right. The war, treated as a threat to Lithuania‘s sovereignty, became a tool of anti-gender politics and helped to erase human rights issues from the political agenda for an unforeseeable period of time.

Reflections on the Russian aggression in Ukraine from a Finnish perspective

13.05.2022

Eeva Luhtakallio discusses complex relations between Finland and Russia in the context of collective memory and current politics. She gives us insight into contemporary fears shared between all Russia’s neighbours: “The war in Ukraine has evoked immediate gut reactions from a distant collective memory reserve in Finland: Russia, again. And: Are we next?”

Conflict, commitment and fear: Post-Soviet migrants in Germany and war in Ukraine

13.04.2022

War polarizes debate. And the sympathies of post-Soviet migrants living in Central Europe have come under extra scrutiny since war broke out in Ukraine. A closer look at the immigrant demographic in Germany reveals a more complicated picture of suspected Russophilia.

A Far Cry From Dayton? Fractures in Bosnia’s Institutional and Constitutional Framework

12.04.2022

What is to be done about Bosnia and Herzegovina? Since the end of the Bosnian War in 1995, Bosnia’s statehood has been persistently threatened by domestic political issues. Bernd Ströhm explains systems of governance, Bosnia’s electoral law, and political tensions within the country in light of the upcoming general elections in October 2022.

Broadening The Scope of Care and Help: Grassroots Minority Communities Activism

06.04.2022

War is fundamentally about mass displacement, broken lives, and lost futures. This has become obvious in Poland, where providing food, clothes, and shelter to refugees from Ukraine has become common practices among “ordinary” people. What is perhaps less visible are the efforts of migrant and minority communities that do their share in offering relief.