Discourses of Hate, Old and New, in East Central Europe

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
5:00pm - 8:00pm
IAB 707
Please join the East Central European Center and Balassi Institute for a workshop on political violence.
Intolerance, exclusion and various other forms of group politics are universal features of societies. Since the rise of the mass society, it has often been argued, such practices have taken on novel forms,  both the intensity and the extent of political violence – physical and structural—have increased with technological change and more robust mechanisms for deploying power in society.  In East Central Europe, recent populist movements advocating state or private violence against parts of society has gained a renewed lease of life.   
The workshop is structured around the broad question of how political violence manifests itself in  manifested itself in the political and social history, as well as the present, of the region.
Participants and possible topics:
Balázs Ablonczy (Director, Collegium Hungaricum Paris, former Ranki Chair at Indiana University, Bloomington): “1930s New Right in Hungary, regional and national characteristics and parallels with the present”
György Dragomán (Author, Winner of the Jan Michelski Prize in 2011 for his novel The White King): “The Conundrum of nationality and state socialism in the Eastern Bloc”
Attila Pók (Istvan Deak Visiting Professor, Columbia University): “The discourse and logic of scapegoating in radical political imaginaries”
Sylvana Habdank-Kołaczkowska (Project Director, Nations in Transit, Freedom House): “The re-emergence of right wing radicalism in former Eastern bloc countries after 1989”