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March 2018

Visegrad Talk • Ethnicity and Race in Poland, Politics, and the Mobility of Knowledge, 1918–1952

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Until the mid-twentieth century, studies of ethnicity and race were a source of an epistemological and political competition between scientific schools in Europe and the United States. As a result, ubiquitous notions developed in the post-World War I period about ethnic and racial differences, the meaning of civilization, national character, and cultural patterns that traveled across borders and time. This presentation will explore how these notions were integrated, domesticated, and altered to fit into debates on the complex relationship between science, modern society, and…

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Book Panel • Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans

March 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for a book panel discussion to mark the publication of Jasmin Mujanović's monograph Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans (Hurst Publishers).  Participants: Kiran Auerbach (Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, UNC), Dimitar Bechev (CSEEES Fellow), Besir Ceka (Assistant Professor, Davidson College) and Jasmin Mujanović (Author) BOOK SUMMARY:  Less than two decades after the Yugoslav Wars ended, the edifice of parliamentary government in the Western Balkans is crumbling. This collapse sets into sharp relief the unreformed authoritarian tendencies of the region’s…

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April 2018

Carolina Seminar • Politics of History in the 1980s – 2000s (the ‘New Europe’ and Ukraine)

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation will offer an overview of ideas in Dr. Georgiy Kasianov's most recently completed research project on misuse of history and 'historical memory' in ideological debates in East Europe. Dr. Kasianov will also introduce his current work in progress "Image of the Other: the Past and the Present (Ukraine, Poland, Russia)." The paper can be accessed here. Georgiy Kasianov (Visiting Fulbright Scholar) is the chair of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of History of Ukraine (Kyiv) and a professor at…

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