The Internal Other in East Central Europe

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Room 1512 International Affairs Building
In the forty years of Communism in East Central Europe, social cleavages were muted and disadvantaged groups were deprived of opportunities of advocating on their own behalf.  Since the transformations of 1989–91, some social groups have been marginalized, while others have mobilized to demand recognition. The speakers will present case studies of various internal others in different geographical locations in East Central Europe.

"Minarets after Marx: Islam, Social Justice and Post-communist Nostalgia in Bulgaria’s Borderlands," Kristen Ghodsee (Gender and Women's Studies Bowdoin College)

“'Nobody is a Patriot Anymore': Youth, Marginality and Migration in the Baltics," Marina Mikhailova (Temple University)

"War for Men, Disaster for Women? The (Bio)politics of Chernobyl," Evgenia Ivanova (Gender Studies, European Humanities University; PhD program, Oxford)
"The Dynamic of Abandonment in Post-Transition Hungary," Gergely Romsics (Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute)

"LGBT in Serbia and the Balkans: What's Behind the Hate Speech?", Snježana Milivojević (Public Opinion and Media Studies Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade)

Organized by:
East Central European Center, Columbia University (New York)
Harriman Institute, Columbia University (New York)

Organizational Committee: Alan Timberlake (Director, ECEC), Tsveta Petrova (Associate Research Scholar, Harriman Institute)