Conference reports

The Russian context. Broken dreams and political engineering

Trying to understand where post-Soviet Russia is going seems to be a matter of understanding how the society is redefining itself: contradictory pictures are circulating of what precisely Russia and “Russianness” are. The official picture of a united and multicultural Russia is being challenged from several directions.

By Tove Stenqvist Inga kommentarer till Broken dreams and political engineering

Cultural studies travel. To (and from) East Central Europe

On June 15–17, 2011, the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS) organized its biennial conference, this year dedicated to “Current Issues in European Cultural Studies”. This report highlights some of the issues that were discussed at the panel session “East European Cultural Studies: The ‘New’ Europe”, chaired by Professor Irina Sandomirskaya of CBEES.

By Egle Rindzevičiūtė Inga kommentarer till To (and from) East Central Europe

Narratives on privatization in Eastern Europe. Reflections after attending a conference

Privatizations in states with no actual market economy obviously become legislative matters. For instance, matters related to property rights may need to be re-regulated. The role of EU law in privatization was brought up at the conference. The law does not regulate privatizations, but contains a great deal on liberalization, which in turn affects privatization. Matters related to the alignment of legislation have made law more interesting for all of us who usually categorize legislation among the restrictions.

By Björn Rombach Inga kommentarer till Reflections after attending a conference

Life and work, world literature and Soviet history. Exploring the moral necessity of Varlam Shalamov

During two scorching hot days in the middle of June, a diverse assembly of scholars from Russia and beyond converged in Moscow in search of answers to two questions: What is Varlam Shalamov? And why do we need him?

By Josefina Lundblad 1 kommentar till Exploring the moral necessity of Varlam Shalamov

Feminists in Eastern and Western Europe – Researchers and activists

“Why is there no happiness in the East?” was the, according to many, provocative title of a conference put on by CBEES and Södertörn University September 8–10 of this year. The organizers of the conference, Teresa Kulawik, Renata Ingbrant and Youlia Gradskova, wanted to bring together feminist scholars for a discussion about conditions facing feminism in the East and in the West after the Berlin Wall, as well as the role of the EU and politics in the development of feminism.

By Ninna Mörner Inga kommentarer till – Researchers and activists

Modernization is much needed in Russia

Natalia Zubarevich, Department of Geography, Moscow State University, is keynote speaker at Baltic Worlds Annual Roundtable: Market Reform and Socio-Economic Change in Russia, October 6. She notes a growing polarization between people and regions. Modernization is necessary.

By Ninna Mörner 2 kommentarer till in Russia

Festival with young people, opera, and Hammarskjöld

This year’s Baltic Sea Festival, held for nine days in late summer in Stockholm and focusing on music and the environment, was true to form with Esa-Pekka Salonen at the helm. Not only that: the thematic threads were unusually well intertwined.

By Hans Wolf Inga kommentarer till and Hammarskjöld

RESULTS OF AN ARCHIVAL REVOLUTION

The books I have been asked to briefly comment on are both learned works of indisputable scholarly quality. At the […]

By Anders Björnsson Inga kommentarer till RESULTS OF AN ARCHIVAL REVOLUTION

Russian politics and foreigns policy – driven by what? Emotions versus interests

Rationality versus irrationality, emotions versus calculations – these were the main issues to be discussed under a seminar in May, organized by the Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki). Actually, the emotions theme became a starting point for the participants to approach the nature of Russian foreign policy and decision-making inside the post-Soviet bureaucracy.

By Ilja Viktorov Inga kommentarer till – driven by what?

Belarus. Discussion for Bringing about Change

A number of representatives of the opposition in Belarus participated in a seminar “The Way Forward for Belarus”. The seminar addressed such issues as the difficulties experienced by the opposition in working for democracy and human rights in Belarus and what the outside world can do to support their work.

By Ninna Mörner Inga kommentarer till Discussion for Bringing about Change