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(Re)thinking Socialism. Knowledge, memory and oblivion of the socialist past

 Conference CFP


  07 Nov 2019 through 09 Nov 2019

CFP Deadline:

  15 Mar 2019


  Sofia, Bulgaria

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Sponsoring organization:

  Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


  Social Sciences - Sociology


Event description:

Thirty years after the end of state socialism, the need to fully comprehend it is still an immediate task. Over the past three decades, the dominant public discourse of the previous historical period has undergone significant changes: from a firm rejection in the first years of the transition to the latest wave of rehabilitation of the regime and nostalgia (socialist nostalgia, Ostalgie, Yugo/Tito-nostalgia). To varying degrees, post-socialist societies in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe are still divided in their attitudes to the recent past. Thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the politics and culture of the memory of socialism continue to be a field of tension and controversy among politicians and among various social groups. The difficulty in understanding and dealing with this legacy is due not only to the (in)actions of political elites or the larger public. Socialism is part of the biographical experience of the people who lived it, and they share their ... Read more

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