Tag | Central & Eastern Europe

Elzbieta Matynia participates in 10th Annual PEN World Voices Festival

As winter slowly turned to spring late this April through early May, over 150 writers from around the world gathered in New York for the 10th annual PEN World Voices Festival in International Literature.  The festival, created in 2004 by Salman Rushdie, then PEN America president, seeks to offer “first hand cultural and political experience from […]

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TCDS Fellows Roundtable Discussion – April 17 at 6:30 pm

Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) would like to invite you to a special evening with TCDS visiting scholars TCDS FELLOWS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Four TCDS visiting scholars hosted by The New School for Social Research and a PhD candidate from NSSR’s Politics Department will gather together for a roundtable discussion to talk about their current […]

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The Bronx into Bronx: Brno Roma, Ghettoized Identities, and the Global Circulation of Iconic Images – Dec. 3 at 8 PM

The Bronx into Bronx:  Brno Roma, Ghettoized Identities, and the Global Circulation of Iconic Images Monday, December 3, 2012 – 6:00PM The New School, 55 W. 13th St. – Hirshon Suite – Mezzanine Level This talk will focus on Dr. Radim Marada’s current research on Roma people in the Czech Republic. In the Czech city […]

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A Letter from Poland/Eastern Europe: Performing Human Rights – Pussy Riot vs. the Pseudo Religious, Homophobic, Misogynists of Eastern Europe

by Tomasz Kitlinski, a TCDS alum Originally published in Deliberately Considered on September 17, 2012 The Pussy Riot trial will go down in the history of injustices as the Oscar Wilde trial of the 21st century. Against the evil powers that be, the Moscow artists acknowledged their inspirers, fellow outcasts: Socrates (this connection to the martyr of philosophy […]

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A Country with No Exit? Migrations from Communist Countries – September 18 at 6 PM

Thanks to the Soviet-style system of police control and the revolutionary changes since 1989, international mobility from European communist states is probably the best documented social phenomenon of this kind and a unique experiment in the limits of state control.  Dariusz Stola will discuss the evolution of migrations from communist states as they evolved from multi-million […]

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Miloslav (Milan) Petrusek (1936 – 2012)

In Memoriam – Milan Petrusek New York, August 30, 2012 Miloslav Petrusek, a sociologist from Prague who, after the 1968 Prague Spring, was gradually marginalized as a member of Czechoslovak academia and eventually banned from teaching at Charles University altogether, died last week in Prague. A brilliant scholar and teacher, he had shared the ethos […]

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A Letter from New York: Romania’s Winter of Discontent

In January, the streets of Bucuresti, Timisoara, Cluj, Iasi and many other Romanian cities have witnessed people’s frustration, desperation, and anger directed at the political class and particularly at President Traian Basescu. Initially, it was the resignation of Dr. Raed Arafat, the country’s popular Deputy Health Minister, over plans to privatize emergency health services that […]

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A letter from Wroclaw: What Vaclav Havel meant to me

While I cannot claim the privilege to have been one of Václav Havel’s friends, he loomed large in my life, first in my teenage years when I was coming of age in Communist Czechoslovakia and later through my extended sojourns abroad – in the United States and now in Poland. Václav Havel is profoundly irreplaceable. […]

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Echoes of “Russian-Georgian War” in August 2008: Memory Politics in Current Georgia

A Presentation by Malkhaz Toria Thursday, December 8th at 8:00 p.m. 6 E 16th Street, Room 1101 (11th floor) Bringing back the lost, historical memory became one of the more important goals of the Georgian government after the Rose Revolution, in 2003. Georgia’s new elites are trying to destroy mental bridges, between the Soviet past […]

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Natasa Kandic presents The Kosovo Memory Book, 1998-2000

The Graduate Program in International Affairs and the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies are pleased to present MEMORY AND TRANSNATIONAL JUSTICE IN FORMER YUGOSLAVIA Natasa Kandic presents The Kosovo Memory Book, 1998-2000 Tuesday, November 15 6:00 – 7:30 pm 2 W 13th Street (room 1204)   Nataca Kandic is a human rights activist, the founder and director […]

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