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From Berlin Wall to New Conflict: Eastern European Cleavages and Encounters

Außenministerium der Russischen Föderation

Außenministerium der Russischen Föderation
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From Berlin Wall to New Conflict: Eastern European Cleavages and Encounters

Celebrating 70 Years of the Institute for East European Studies

12-13 November 2021

The international symposium organized in cooperation with the German Association for East European Studies (DGO) will serve as a core event of the celebration and, at the same time, as a platform for discussing the cultural, political, economic and social complexities of Eastern Europe in the last thirty years. Prominent researchers from a variety of countries and disciplines will come together to take stock of the fault lines dividing Eastern Europe and linkages connecting Eastern European countries to each other and to the rest of the world.

Three panels of the symposium will look at the consolidation of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe; state capitalism and its role in economic and social development; as well as civic culture, protests and dissidence in Eastern European countries. Thus, they will address issues, which both are crucially important for Eastern European societies themselves and make Eastern Europe important for the world. Furthermore, two special events of the symposium will look at Berlin as a place of encounters – both between Western and Eastern Europe and between political practice and academic research on Eastern Europe.

The keynote talk at the symposium will be delivered by Karl Schlögel; an incomplete list of further participants includes Taciana Arcimovič, Sabine Fischer, Paul Gregory, Tomila Lankina, Viktoria Lomashko, Andrei Melville, Mitchell Orenstein, Richard Sakwa, Gwendolyn Sasse, Laura Solanko, Andrei Yakovlev and Klementyna Suchanow.