Cultural Transformations

The transformation of society goes hand in hand with the transformation of culture. In moments of accelerated change, culture is a site of both resilience and contestation, of experimentation with and resistance against new impulses, and hence a field where the old and the new intersect and interact in complex ways over longer periods of time. This research area integrates perspectives of new cultural history and cultural studies on diverse phenomena such as literature, music, and smell to trace cultural change in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond after 1989 and in the course of the twentieth century.

Researchers and projects:

Stories Of/In Transformation. Literary Narratives of Transformation and Inequality in Post-Socialist Poland.
Intervision: Popular Music and Politics in Eastern Europe.
The Smellscapes of Lublin. An Olfactory Urban History of the 20th Century in East Central Europe.
The Return of National Pride: Competitive Authoritarianism and Transformations of Postsocialist Memory Politics
Modernization of Sexuality and the Construction of Deviance in Soviet Lithuania (MoSeLit)
Photography and Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Literatures