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Eastern European Cultures in a Multipolar World

Lecture series in cooperation with Freie Universität and Universität Potsdam starts on May 24

During the two post-socialist decades Eastern Europe has changed in unforeseen ways. The unique dynamics of these transformation processes pose new empirical and theoretical challenges for research on Eastern Europe. Approaches which have assumed postsocialist development as a straightforward transformation from the failed Soviet social experiment to a democratic system have proven overly normative. They are ill-suited to describe the historical dynamics of the region’s transformation.

In a wide range of scholarly fields one can observe a reorientation in the field-specific conceptualizations of space and region, which grasp the mutual dynamics of foreign and self-perspectives on Eastern Europe and demonstrate genuine interdisciplinary approaches in their theoretical paradigms (transnational studies, global studies, postcolonial studies, migration and diversity studies, urban studies).

“Eastern European Cultures in a Multipolar World”

Wednesdays at 8.15 p.m.
Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
Dorotheenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin

The lecture series intends to reflect on this process of redefining Eastern Europe as a research subject. Its interdisciplinary design should contribute to refining the dialogue on the current profile of East European Studies. Special attention will be dedicated to the reciprocal relationship between real conditions and imaginary constructs of the historical and the contemporary Eastern Europe.


Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank
Institute for Slavic Studies
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 2093-5174