28.-29.11.2019 - RECET Annual Conference "Lost in Expectation. What Happened to the Futures of 1989?"


Brown Bag Lunches

04.07.2019 - Conceptualizing the Role of Expectations in Historical Transformations
Readings: Jelača, Dijana/Lugarić, Danijela (2018): Introduction. The “Radiant Future” of Spatial and Temporal Dis/Orientations, in: Bailyn, John Frederick/Jelača, Dijana/Lugarić, Danijela (eds.): The Future of (Post)Socialism. Eastern European Perspectives. New York: SUNY Press, pp. 1-16;
Andersson, Jenny (2018): The Future of the World. Futurology, Futurists, and the Struggle for the Post Cold War Imagination, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-29;
Beckert, Jens/Bronk, Richard (2018): An Introduction to Uncertain Futures, in: Beckert, Jens/Bronk, Richard (eds.): Uncertain Futures. Imaginaries, Narratives and Calculation in the Economy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-36.

28.03.2019 - Roundtable on Brexit in historical perspective
Readings: Kopecek, Michal (2019): Sovereignty, ‘Return to Europe’ and Democratic Distrust in the East after 1989 in the Light of Brexit, in: Journal of Contemporary History 1:28, S. 73-76.
Lagrou, Pieter (2019): Plebiscite or Parliament? Brexit and the End of the History of the British Political Model, in: Contemporary European History 1:28, S. 10-13.

28.2.2019 – History of Emotions as an Approach to Transformations

24.01.2019 – Historical Events as Transformations of Social Structures
Close reading of William H. Sewell 2005. Logics of History. Social Theory and Social Transformation. Chicago/London.

26.11.2018 – Shifting Narratives: Literary Representations of Inequality in Poland’s Post-Socialist Transformation
Guest speaker: Magdalena Baran-Szołtys (Vienna University)

15.10.2018 – Transformation and the Concept of Semi-periphery
Close reading of Immanuel Wallerstein 1976. „Semi-peripheral Countries and the Contemporary World Crisis.“ Theory and Society 3, pp. 461–483; and Manuela Boatcă 2006. „Semiperipheries in the World-System: Reflecting Eastern European and Latin American Experiences.“ Journal of World-Systems Research 12, pp. 321-326.

18.6.2018 – Phantom Borders and Comparative Perspectives: Transformations 1918 and 1989
Guest speakers: Dr. phil. Florian Kührer-Wielach (LMU Munich) / Prof. Dr. Claudia Kraft (Vienna University)



11.10.2019 - Internal Workshop "The Role of Expectations in Historical Transformations"

12.10.2018 - all-day workshop "Intervision"

The purpose of this workshop was to bring together for the first time a group of international scholars who have conducted research on the Intervision Song Contest. Intervision was a project of the International Organisation for Radio and Television - the international broadcasting organisation for Eastern European and other communist-led statesduring the Cold War - and it was created as an alternative to Western Europe's Eurovision Song Contest. Mari Pajala from the University of Turku, Yulia Yurtaeva-Martens from the Film University Babelsberg and Dean Vuletic from the University of Vienna exchanged their experiences in accessing archives, discussed the state of the art on this topic, and considered future directions for research. On 14 October, they also jointly presented examples of their research on Intervision atthe conference Technological Innovation and the Spread of Globalisation in the Cold War, which was held in the Department of East European History at the University of Vienna. The workshop was organised by Dean Vuletic who, as a Lise Meitner Fellow in the Department of East European History and RECET, leads the research project "Intervision: Popular Music and Politics in Eastern Europe" that is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

18.04.2018 - RECET Opening Workshop

Inauguration of the Research Cluster for the Study of East Central Europe and the History of Transformations (RECET)

Workshop Report [pdf]