Central and Eastern Europe in Post-Communism:

Understanding the Political, Social and Historical Developments

Call for Papers

The regime change in Central and Eastern Europe (1989-1990) brought a series of challenges and developments in the region. Three decades of post-communism indicate a very high dynamic in political, economic, social and historical terms. In many countries the transition to democracy was difficult, the role of civil society changed over time, the conventional and contentious politics went in different directions, the economic hardships occurred more often than anticipated, and the social problems took various forms. In addition to these general trends, specific issues such as corruption, migration, border security, poverty, or the EU and NATO accession make the entire picture complex. Extensive research made an attempt to explain the post-communist developments. This workshop aims to contribute to the existing knowledge by looking at causes, functioning or consequences of both general and specific issues. 


Along these lines, the workshop seeks to bring together researchers discussing political, social, economic and historical developments in Central and Eastern Europe either with emphasis on single-case studies or in a comparative perspective. The workshop will provide the space for an academic debate in which scholars can present the most recent findings of their research. The event will be interdisciplinary and addresses scholars from Economics, History, European Studies, Migration Studies, Political Science and Sociology. A variety of perspectives and approaches will be encouraged. 


Costs, workshop language and application: 
There is no conference fee. The language of the workshop is English. 

Please fill in the application form and send it to the organizers at ceeworkshop@yahoo.com until 25 October 2020. Early applications are strongly encouraged, while submissions after the deadline will not be considered. The selection committee, which includes 4 professors in different disciplines, will provide the results of the application process until 30 October. The application form is available here (please click on the icon below).

Sergiu Gherghina, Department of Politics, University of Glasgow
Paul Tap, Department of International Studies and Contemporary History, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj

Planned outputs:

Depending on the homogeneity of the papers, a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal or an edited book with an international publisher may be feasible. 

Workshop Format and Structure: 

The workshop will be fully online (Zoom). It will seek to attract a mix of established scholars, early-career researchers, and PhD students conducting research on the topic. To increase the exchange of ideas, each paper giver (in total 15-17 participants) will serve as discussant for another paper. The workshop will be organized for two days (25-26 November) and each presenter will be allocated 45 minutes: 15 minutes to present the paper, 10 minutes for the discussant and 20 minutes for general discussion.

Organized by the Institute of Central European Studies
Babes-Bolyai University Cluj
25-26 November 2020

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