Mo 26 Feb 2018

Mi 07 Mär 2018
New Europe College (NEC) Bucharest
Prisma Ukraïna Academy

Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe

The Winter Academy “Revisiting the Nation: Transcultural Contact Zones in Eastern Europe” will be held from 26 February to 7 March 2018 in Bukarest. It will be concerned with the conditions and implications of nation building in Eastern Europe.


The Academy’s rationale is to gather young scholars from diverse disciplines and with different approaches. We want to facilitate exchange and contribute to a fuller picture of current transformations in the region that goes beyond the national narratives and takes into account conditions and current processes of the renegotiation of identity, history, and political practices. The aim is to challenge assumptions; to overcome simplifying categories and explanations; and to open discussion on new perspectives and research questions. In this, Ukraine may be the main focus, but research on other countries and regions is welcome as well.

The program will focus mainly, but not exclusively on the following, overlapping themes:

The (re)production of community
identity claims and multiple belongings; the (re)production of memory and legitimacy; conflict and coexistence; nationalist mobilization and its limits; historical figures of the nation; history and nation building; populism and new authoritarianism

Legacies of empires
post-imperial infrastructure and the political and social life of its successors; inert geographies; shifting economic, political and cultural orientations; voluntary and involuntary imperialism; old and new elites; shadow economies; regionalisms and nationalism

Hegemonic and alternative discourses
sources of resistance; myths of pluralism; art, literature and the creation of (alternative) vernaculars; critical thinking and its institutional impact; subcultures; the fate of the left; diversity of memory and narratives; the role of mass media

Performing imagination
cultural production of the present; rhetoric of/as emotion; creative communities, common places for specific experiences; key images; interventions into the public space; mass culture as industry of imagination; transformation of literary cosmopolises; networks and islands in cultural mapping; experiences and performances of the Other