Triggerpunkte. Konsens und Konflikt in der Gegenwartsgesellschaft
Thursday, 05 October, 2023 19:00 - 21:00 CEST

Von einer "Spaltung der Gesellschaft" ist immer häufiger die Rede. Auch in der Alltagswahrnehmung vieler Menschen stehen sich zunehmend unversöhnliche Lager gegenüber. So plausibel sie klingen mögen, werfen entsprechende Diagnosen doch Fragen auf ...

Doing Business: A Cultural History of Late Socialist and Postsocialist Entrepreneurship
Thursday, 12 October, 2023 13:00 - 14:30 CEST

Although the 1990s in Eastern Europe are often associated with a business “boom”, entrepreneurial behaviours did not arrive overnight and have longer histories. This is the case also for Czechoslovakia. The seminar makes a case for studying private enterprise from a cultural history perspective, suggesting that this topic represents a useful prism for…

Book Presentation: The Shadow of the Empress. Fairy-Tale Opera and the End of the Habsburg Monarchy
Friday, 13 October, 2023 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

A beguiling exploration of the last Habsburg monarchs' grip on Europe's historical and cultural imagination.

“Our Native Cinderella”: Balkan Bees within Global Economies of Breeding and Racialization
Thursday, 16 November, 2023 13:00 - 14:30 CEST

This lecture explores how fin-de-siècle beekeepers in the Yugoslav region imagined and attempted to carry out the racial reclamation of their local honeybees. It is ultimately part of a larger labor and environmental history of the post-Ottoman Balkans, which examines how transnational capital and new national states reshaped the relationship between local…

Book Presentation and Discussion: Deserved. Economic Memories After the Fall of the Iron Curtain
Monday, 27 November, 2023 18:00 - 19:30 CEST

Presentation and Discussion of Till Hilmar's book "Deserved. Economic Memories After the Fall of the Iron Curtain". Drawing on in-depth interviews with as well as historical and comparative analysis of the breakdown of communism in Eastern Europe, "Deserved" sheds new light on the moral imagination of capitalism and the experience of economic change.

Russia Against Modernity
Thursday, 07 December, 2023 19:00 - 21:00 CEST

Putin’s war is a “special operation” against modernity. The invasion has been directed against Ukraine, but the war has a broader target: the modern world of climate awareness, energy transition and digital labor. By trading oil and gas, promoting Trump and Brexit, spreading corruption, boosting inequality and homophobia, subsidizing far-right movements and…

Combating Waste Colonialism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Thursday, 14 December, 2023 13:00 - 14:30 CEST

Examining hazardous waste as a symptom of the never-ending transition of socialist Bosnia and Herzegovina into a so-called capitalist liberal democracy repoliticises the process of ‘wasting’ environments and human lives, revealing it as part and parcel of such transition.

Psychiatry of the ‘in-between’ world: Revolution and re-imagining the psyche in socialist Yugoslavia
Thursday, 18 January, 2024 13:00 - 14:30 CEST

This seminar explores the relationship between psychiatry and political ideology in the context of the Cold War and non-alignment. It focuses on the importance of revolution and ideas of radical reform for the development of socialist psychiatry in Yugoslavia.

CENTRAL Workshop: Contemporary Cultural History 2.0. Nurturing Talents of Central and Central Eastern Europe
Thursday, 16 May, 2024 09:30 - 17 May, 16:30 CEST

The workshop aims to make a significant contribution to the field of contemporary cultural history by investigating both material and immaterial cultural practices, and exploring how meanings circulate in society.