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Summer Term 2018

Research Seminars

The research seminar in the summer term of 2018 dealt with the superordinated questions of what is "critique" and of how to understand critique in relation to European Studies.

April 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Semester Opening

Political power and the critical stance: Ukrainian Studies Before and After the Maidan
Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov (Ukraine Studies / EUV)
Comments by Prof. Dr. Mikhail Minakov (Kyiv/EUV DAAD) und Dr. Susann Worschech (EUV)

May 2018

Friday, 04 May 2018, 10am-4pm
Block session to discuss ongoing work

Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Book presentation Erzsatzspielfelder - Zum Verhältnis von Fußball und Macht

by Prof. Dr. Timm Beichelt with Prof. Dr. Michael Minkenberg and Dr. Peter Rosenberg.

timm-hp ©hilal isik

Event journal of the department for public relations (in German language).

Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Critique in the Frankfurt School: Life, social Norms and Pathologies
Prof. Dr. Katia Genel (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/currently Centre Marc Bloch)

June 2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Internal discussion: Critique and European Studies.

July 2018

Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Forgotten Europes. Out of sight, out of mind?
Prof. Dr. Manuela Boatcă (Institute for Sociology, University of Freiburg).

Friday, 13 July 2018, 10am-4pm
Block session to discuss ongoing work


Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 1-3pm

Workshop: Postcolonial Studies, Eastern European perspectives and critique of Europe
Concept and organisation: Jennifer Ramme MA (EUV), Dr. des. Clara Frysztacka (EUV)

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Auga, Prof. Dr. Bożena Chołuj (EUV/University of Warsaw), Dr. Małgorzata Zduniak-Wiktorowicz (German-Polish Research Institute, AMU Poznan) and Dr. Jan Surman (Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, Moskau).

workshop26.06.18 ©estela schindel

1-2pm: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Auga (Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies HU Berlin)
Perspectives and potentials of postcolonial theory, gender theory and critical queer theory

Gender-sensititve, queer, postcolonial and postsecular approaches show a particular sensitivity for violent forms of social or global political and symbolic orders and, not least, of scientific research itself. They offer innovative concepts to not only analyze economic, sovereign and epistemic violence but also to overcome such forms of violence. The lecture aims at introducing such a critique of knowledge (production) and scientific studies, in order to encourage a new adjustment of inter- and transdisciplinary research.

2:15-4pm: Get-together of EUV researchers who are interested in Postcolonial Studies.

4:15-5:45pm: Panel and subsequent discussion:
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Auga, Prof. Dr. Bożena Chołuj (EUV/University Warsaw), Dr. Małgorzata Zduniak-Wiktorowicz (German-Polish Research Institute, AMU Poznan) and Dr. Jan Surman (Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, Moskau).

5–7 July 2018

Globalized Peripheries: New Approaches to the Atlantic World 1680-1850,
The conference marks the end of a research project entitled “The Globalized Periphery: Atlantic Commerce, Socioeconomic and Cultural Change in Central Europe (1680-1850)” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from January 2015 to December 2018. It will take place in Frankfurt (Oder), on the German-Polish border, reinforcing one of the leading ideas of the European University Viadrina and of the research project: bridging the East-West divide within Europe. The conference is not, however, restricted to a Central and Eastern European perspective, but invites proposals concerned with any and all perceived or actual peripheries of the early modern world economy.
To find out more, read our CFP.

Gegenwartsanalysen zur Mittagszeit

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 1-2pm

Whitewashing history? Context and consequences of Poland’s ‘Holocaust Law’
A cooperation between the Viadrina Institute for European Studies and the Master of European Studies

Prof Dr Werner Benecke (EUV), Prof Dr Paweł Machcewicz (PAN Warsaw/Institute for Advanced Study Berlin), Welcome: Dr Kerstin Hinrichsen (MES), Moderation: Dr Anja Hennig (IFES)

holo-klein ©hilal

Please find a video documentation of the event here.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The creation of a civil society: Strategies and networks of external support for democratic development in Ukraine

Book presentation by Dr Susann Worschech. Comments: Prof Dr Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS)
Presentation: Stefan Henkel (EUV)

susann-buch-vorstellung ©heide fest

Wednesday, 04 July 2018, 1-2pm

„Development and Dystopia. Studies in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Eastern Europe“ book presentation by Prof Dr Mikhail Minakov (DAAD-Guest professor at the Viadrina/Kyiv).

With Prof Dr Andrii Portnov and Dr Susann Worschech
Presentation (in englisch): Dr Daria Isachenko (IFES)

Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 6-8pm

Eastern Awakening! A new courageous civil society in Eastern German municipalities?

Panel discussion with Rene Wilke the mayor of Frankfurt (Oder), Timm Beichelt and Christian Bangel the Autor of the Book „Oder Florida“ 
Moderation: Susann Worschech  

mutbürger2 ©IFES stream video

The video documentation of the event can be accessed here (in German language).
Here you can find the reoport in the event journal of the departement for public relations.