Transformative Seminar


The Transformative Seminar is the biweekly forum for interdisciplinary exchange on transformation history and transformation studies at RECET. We invite distinguished scholars of different career levels to discuss their current work on European and global transformations, past and present, in the stimulating academic environment of the University of Vienna.


Summer semester 2021 

11.03.2021, 16:15-17:45 - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley College)
"Globalism and its Enemies"

25.03.2021, 12:15-13:45 - Dr. Michal Kopeček (Prague/Jena)
"From Narrating Dissidence to Post-Dissident Narratives of Democracy: Anti-totalitarianism, Politics of Memory and Culture Wars in East Central Europe 1970s-2000s"

15.04.2021, 12:15-13:45 - Prof. Dr. Dorothee Bohle (European University Institute)
"Resilient Neoliberalism? East-Central Europe after the Financial and amidst the Covid-19 Crisis"

06.05.2021, 12:15-13:45 - Prof. Dr. Sergei Guriev (SciencesPo Paris)
"Transition from Plan to Market, Height and Well-Being"

20.05.2021, 12:15-13:45 - Dr. Anne-Marie Jeannet (University of Milan)
"Deindustrializing Societies and the Political Consequences"

10.06.2021, 12:15-13:45 - Jun.-Prof. Dr. Cecilia Bruzelius (University of Tübingen)
"Regulating Free Movement of Persons within Federations: the European Union in Comparative Perspective"

24.06.2021, 12:15-13:45 - Dr. Tobias Rupprecht (FU Berlin)
"Peripheral Liberalism: Economists and Globalisation in the Transformation of Russia, 1970-2000"



Winter semester 2020/21

22.10.2020, 12:15-13:45 - Dr. Rosamund Johnston (RECET)
"Red Tape: Radio and Politics in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1969"

05.11.2020, 12:15-13:45 - Dr. Sheng Peng (RECET)
"A Gentleman's Understanding: British, French, and German dual-use Technology transfer to China and America’s Dilemma: 1978-1981"

19.11.2020, 11:45-13:15 - Prof. Dr. Béla Tomka (University of Szeged)
"Austerities and Aspirations: A Comparative History of Growth, Consumption, and Quality of Life in East Central Europe since 1945"

26.11.2020, 12:15 - 13:45 - Dr. Magda Szcześniak (University of Warsaw)
"Queering Postsocialism. Notes on Dispersed Archives."

10.12.2020, 12:15 - 13:45 - Prof. Libora Oates-Indruchova (University of Graz)
"Mundane Epiphanies: A Herstory of Czech Normalization and Its Uses for the Study of the Transformation from State Socialism"

14.01.2021, 12:15-13:45 - Dr. Dean Vuletic (RECET)
"Stagecraft in the Service of Statecraft: Russia and the Eurovision Song Contest"

21.01.2021, 12:15-13:45 - Dr. Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu (RECET)
"Practices of Togetherness:  Jacek Kuroń, Pedagogy, Communities of Care, and Political Opposition in Late Socialist Poland (1955-1982)"