Live Recording from Workshop of WG1


Culture under Surveillance. Cultures of Surveillance.

Friday, 23 October 2020

During this one-day event, the members of Working Group 1 presented draft papers for a
forthcoming journal special issue with the theme of ‘Culture under Surveillance, Cultures of
Surveillance.’ The papers addressed the complex relationship between the practice of
communist-era surveillance of culture and religion and the emergence of cultures
profoundly impacted by state surveillance. Exploring a range of national contexts (Albania,
Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Czech Republic, East Germany and Spain) and conceptual
themes, the workshop provided the basis for historical comparative reflection across (and
beyond) the region.

Feasting and Fasting: The Evidential Character of Material Religion in Secret Police Archives
James Kapaló

Culture of Surveillance: From Cold War to Post-Cold War
Muriel Blaive

Self-Censorship and Self-Punishment: The Romanian Secret Police and Its Non-Involvement in Religious Matters
Anca Sincan

Dictatorship and Political Police in East and West During the Twentieth Century: Franco’s Spain and Communist Europe
José M. Faraldo

Between and Betwixt Cultural Opposition: Ideological Surveillance and Professional Resistance in Ethnographic Open-Air Museums
Nadzeya Charapan

Targeting Friendship Relations
Aigi Rahi-Tamm

Religious Persecution – Cultures of Surveillance and Dissidence: The Case of Communist Albania, 1967-1990
Konstantinos Giakoumis

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