Conference programme - Between the Bloc and the Hard Place
Between the Bloc and the Hard Place
School of Slavonic and East European Studies/University College London
5-7 November 1999
Friday 5 November
12:00-17:00 Conference registration
13:00-15:00 Session I
Group A: Gender
Larisa Kossiguina (Novosibirsk State University), 'Russia:
Transformation of Gender Stereotypes and Gender Relations in the Labour
Ludmila Popdova (Samara State University), 'Gender Equality Policy:
Western Experience and Russia'
Svetlana Kataeva (Samara State University), 'Women in Russia:
Attitudes toward Gender Roles, Consciousness of Gender Inequality'
Katja Loderstedt, 'Russian Women in Management - a case study of St.
Nadezhda Azhgikhina (Association of Women Journalists/Moscow State
University), 'Stepdaughters of Post-Soviet Liberation: Women in Russia
and Other States of Broken Empires'
Group B: National Identity (1)
Samuel Willcocks (Oxford University), 'The Vanishing Poet: The
Changing Image of the Counts of Celje in Slovenia's 20th Century'
Dimitrina Mihaylova-Lucas (Oxford University), 'Across State Borders
and Identity Frontiers'
Sergej Kizima (European University at St. Petersburg), 'The Impact of
the Internet on the Processes of Formation of National Identities'
Octavius Pinkard (Old Dominion University), 'The Border Obsession:
South-Eastern Europe and the Culture of Separation'
Group C: Political Culture and Civil Society (1)
Magali Perrault (University of St. Andrews), '"Western" Czechs and
"Eastern" Slovaks?: Political Culture as an Explanation for the Velvet
Andrzej Jablonski (University of Wroclaw), 'Political Cleavages and
Consolidation of Democracy in Poland'
Zsofia Szilagyi (European University Institute, Florence), 'Public
Sphere and Political Culture in Post-Communist Hungary'
Joerg Forbrig, 'Post-Communist Civil Society'
15:00-15:30 Coffee/Tea sponsored by Anthem Press
15:00-17:30 Session II
Group A: Literature and Culture (1)
Sandra Meskova (Central European University), 'Inscribing Resistance:
Dissident Discourse in Central and East European Writing of the 1980s and
Wojciech Tomasik (Institute of Polish Language and Culture,
Bydogoszcz), 'What is to be Done? (On Poland's hated heritage)'
Laima Stankeviciene (Siauliai University), 'New Loanwords from Western
Languages in Lithuanian: A Threat to National Identity?'
Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius, 'Who Drew the Iron Curtain? Images East
Group B: Economics (1)
Heiko Pleines (Federal Insitute for East European Studies), 'Corruption
Networks as a Soviet Legacy'
Tiia Vissak (Tartu University), 'How Could the Emerging Markets Raise
Their Export Competitiveness?'
Grahame Fallon (University of Northampton), 'EU Trade Policy Towards
Russia: Constraints on Russian Economic Transition and Development due
to the "Paradox of Preferential Access"'
18:30 Vin d'honneur at Czech Embassy
Saturday 6 November
8:30-10:30 Session I
Group A: Elites
Sergei Zassorine (Central European University), 'Contemporary Young
Russians: Political Culture Patterns and Ethnonationalism Impact'
Zhidas Daskalovski (Central European University), 'Elite
Transformation, Human Rights and Democratic Transition in Macedonia'
Pete Glatter, 'Elites in Transition: Is Russia a Special Case?'
Marketa Rulikova, 'The Position of Czech and Slovak Governing Elite on
the Integration into the European Union. Comparative analysis of the
period of 1993-1998.'
Group B: Society and Sociology (1)
Michal Vasecka (Institute for Public Affairs, Slovakia), 'Anti-Semitism
in Czech and Slovak Republics after 1989'
Abubakar Sambiev, 'Technical Analysis of Social Systems'
Svetlana Babenko (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences),
'Russia, Belarus and Ukraine in the Face of Slavonic Block with
Yugoslavia: Social, Political and Cultural Factors in the Context of
European Security. Sociological Viewpoint.'
11:00-13:00 Session II
Group C: Politics (1)
Leeda Demetropoulou, 'The Europeanisation of the Balkans in Post-1989
Sally Smith (SSEES), 'Integrating Environmental Concerns in Ukrainian
Rafael Duran Munoz (Malaga University/Notre Dame University), 'Romanian
State-Society Relations: Better understanding democratization?'
Janice Bell (Europe Branch, Office of Research, U.S. Department of
State), 'Winners and Losers and How They Vote: Poland 1990-1999'
Group B: Economics (2)
Laurentiu Mihailescu (Central European University), 'EU Enlargement -
Who are the Losers?'
Janet Ilieva (Manchester Metropolitan University), 'Central Bank
Independence in Central and Eastern Europe'
Venla Sipila (SSEES), 'Comparing Currency Crises in Emerging Markets:
Lessons from the Asian Crisis 1997-98 for the Russian Crisis 1998'
14:00-16:00 Session III
Group A: National Identity (2)
Luca Calvi (University of Venice), 'Minorities in the Future European
Integration: Some Remarks on the Case Study of Slovakia's Ruthenians'
Gerard Filitti, 'Post-Soviet Central Asia: The Search for Legitimacy'
Daniel Skobla (Central European University), 'Slovak National Identity
and Policy towards Hungarian Minority: the Impact of the European Framework'
Dinora Azimova (University of World Economy and Diplomacy,
Uzbekistan),'Ethnic Legacy of Empire in Post-Soviet Central Asia'
Group B: History/Historiography (1)
Ekaterina Boltounova (Central European University), '"Europeanization"
of Central and Eastern Europe - the process of gaining and losing
enemies. The adaptation of the new imagery in post-Communist states.'
Daniele Conversi (Central European University), 'Explaining "central
secession": the case of Serbia'
Norma Hervey (Luther College), 'NATO and the Former Yugoslavia: an
16:30-18:30 Session IV
Group A: Literature and Culture (2)
Fiona Bjvrling (Lunds University), 'Self-Images of New Russia in Films
from the 1990s'
Anna Ponomareva (University of Manchester), 'Images of Western
Democracy and the New Russians in Viktor Pelevin's Novels'
Henrietta Mondry (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), 'Invocations
of the Russian Classics in Current Russian and Jewish Periodicals'
Benedikts Kalnacs (University of Latvia), 'Between Postcolonialism and
the Postmodern: The Latvian Drama in the Decade of Transition'
Group B: Society and Sociology (2)
Ulf Hansson (University of Ulster), 'Latvia - The Institutions of
Europe - Minority Rights'
Pavlo Kutuev (University of Kiev/Mohyla Academy), 'Interpreting
Societal Transformation in Post-Leninist Ukraine: International Factors
and Internal Developments'
Natalia Letki (Central European University), 'Social Capital in
East-Central Europe: A Puzzling Finding'
Sunday 7 November
9:00-11:00 Session I
Group A: History/Historiography (2)
Julia Ouliannikova (Central European University), 'Historical
Heritage: Limits of Deconstruction. Historiography and Politics in
Kostadin Grozev (University of Sofia/Wesleyan University), 'History
Textbooks - Between the Traditions of the Cold War and the Vision of a
Irina Vladimirsky (Tel Aviv University), 'The Resettlement Policy of
the Soviet Authorities in Kazakhstan'
Group B: Economics (3)
Milena Dishovska (American University in Bulgaria), 'Bulgaria in
Transition to Market Economy'
Tonu Roolaht (University of Tartu), 'Transformation and European
Integration - The Developments in Estonian Foreign Trade and Business
Goran Petrevski, 'The Stabilization Policy in a Small Open Economy:
The Case of Macedonia'
Group C: Politics (2)
James Krapfl (Central European University), 'The Velvet Revolution's
Lost Treasure: The Rise and Fall of a Public Sphere'
Tim Haughton (SSEES), 'Modelling Meciar: The Leadership of Slovakia's
Vladimir Meciar in Theoretical and Comparative Perspective'
Elvira Mamytova (Eurasian Research Centre, Kyrgyzstan), 'Perspectives
of Political Opposition in Kyrgyzstan'
David MacDonald (London School of Economics), 'The Myth and Reality of
"Europe" in Croatian Politics and Economics'
Christian Boulanger (Free University Berlin), '"Political Culture" in
Post-Communist Transformation: Whose Values, Which Stories and What
Social Practice? Explaining Legal Development in Hungary and Slovakia.'
11:30-13:30 Session II
Group A: Politics and Integration
Peter Czaga (Central European University), 'Interest Groups and the
Eastern Enlargement of the European Union'
Ana-Maria Ignat (Central European University), 'NATO Enlargement - The
Complexity and Ambiguity of a Decision'
Fiona Dow (SSEES), 'From Revolution to Integration: Hungary, from
Communism to EU Membership'
Olexander Hryb (BBC), 'New European Order and the Societal Security of
Piotr Kazmierkiewicz (Central European University), 'Integration of
Hungary into the European Migration and Asylum Policy Framework: Actors
Group B: National Identity (3)
Jane Cowley (University of Pennsylvania), 'Running Away or Running
Toward? Converging Influences on the Re-Development of Polish Political
Identity Among University Students'
Nadia Boyadjieva (University of Sofia), 'National Identities, Ethnic
Tolerance and How the West Perceived Post-Communist Realities on the Balkans'
Alexandra Bitusikova (Matej Bel University), 'National vs. European:
Building Identities in Post-Communist Slovakia'
Gulshan Pashayeva (Azerbaijan University Conflict Research Center),
'Moving towards Europe with the Soviet Language Policy Background: the
case of Azerbaijan'
13:30-13:45 Closing remarks