Working Group 2: Culture in the Grey Zone
Working Group Chairs: Zsófia Lóránd and Jan Mervart
The activities of this Working Group are informed by an understanding of resistance as an act of negotiated autonomy and are aimed at exploring the ambiguous realm between the official culture of former socialist countries on the one hand, and openly dissenting cultural activities on the other. We examine the dilemmas of members of academic and artistic communities who, without engaging in open dissent, cultivated ties to both organized opposition and transnational scientific and artistic networks, and often played a mediating role in introducing subversive, often Western ideas, trends and theories to the arts, humanities and social sciences as well as to everyday cultural practices.
This research will enable a better understanding of the double roles played by these individuals and groups, namely those of simultaneously legitimizing and subverting official culture and engaging in East-West dialogue. We will take into consideration the circumstances affecting life choices of the grey zone artists and scholars such as the existence of organized cultural opposition outside the official realm, degree of dependence of such professions on state patronage, the degree of cultural isolation from the West or relationships to Western institutions promoting cultural freedom. In the process of exploring how the grey zones and the actors within the grey zones operate, we are also interested in the changing and highly-context dependent concept of the grey zone itself.
- WORKSHOP on Digital Oral History Content Management
- CFP: Special Issue of the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
- CFP: Theory and Methods Workshop on Alternative Cultures
- CFP: Symposium "Prisms of Silence"
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- [NEW DATE] Workshop "Digital Storytelling as a New Form of Conveying Information"
- NEP4DISSENT Virtual Summit
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- MC Meeting: European University of Tirana (UET) (May 30-31, 2019)
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- Joint Working Group Meeting: Budapest
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- CFP: 16th annual HEIRS Conference
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- CFP: ‘She is made of stone’. Women in the Socialist and Post-Socialist Public Space
- CFP: Visual Ethics after Communism – Special Issue of Journal "Martor"
- Pilecki Fellowship
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- Vacancy for Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in the field of Transnational Contemporary History
- Visegrad Scholarship at the Blinken OSA Archives
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- CFP: BASEEES Annual Conference 2020 (3-5 April, 2020, Cambridge, UK)
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- CFP: Summer School Communicating Difficult Pasts in Kuldīga, 2–7 August 2019
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- Conference and Spring School: Comparative Media Systems -- 100 Years of Media Systems in Southeast Europe
- CfP: WHY (NOT)? THINKING EASTERN EUROPE DIGITALLY (Sep 30-Oct 1, Marburg, Germany)
- Book Launch: Zsófia Lóránd's The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia (Palgrave, 2018)
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- CFP: Media Control as a Source of Political Power in Central and Eastern Europe, September 2019, Helsinki
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