The Fabric of Daily Life in East Central Europe (Then and Now)

Friday, October 4, 2013
2:30 - 6:00 PM
International Affairs Building, Room 1512

Amidst political and economic turmoil ordinary people in East Central Europe continue to live their daily lives, with difficulty or with pleasure. This panel is devoted to examining how people live their daily lives, in various locales and at different times. 


Program Agenda

2:30pm - Bought and Sold: Living and Losing the Good Life in Socialist Yugoslavia 

Patrick Patterson (History, UC San Diego) 

3:00pm - Keeping it Close to Home: Resourcefulness and Scarcity in Late Socialist and Post-Socialist Poland 

Malgorzata Mazurek (Heyman Center, Columbia ) 

3:30pm - Suspicion and Resentment: Interpretations of the 1989-1990 Transition in Hungary 

Attila Pók (Deák Professor, Columbia) 

4:00pm - Mundane Reflections on Balkan Immigrant Experiences in Greece, 1990-2010 

Vangelis Calotychos (Hellenic Studies, Columbia) 

4:30pm - Coffee break 

4:45pm - The Faces of Bucharest: Changing Cityscapes and Daily Life 

Adrian Majuru (Universitatea de Arhitectură şi Urbanism Ion Mincu) 

6:00pm – Closing reception 

This event is co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute, the East Central European Center, and the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York.


Film Screening

This event will be preceded by a screening of Corneliu Porumboiu’s 12:08 East of Bucharest, part of the East European Film Series. Introduction by Mona Momescu. 

Thursday, October 3rd, 8:00pm, Room 703 Hamilton Hall 


Organizational Committee

Alan Timberlake (Director, East Central European Center, Columbia), Doina Uricariu (Director, Romanian Cultural Institute, New York), Mona Momescu (Nicolae Iorga Chair for Romanian Language and Culture, Columbia), Tsveta Petrova (Associate Research Scholar, Harriman Institute, Columbia)