Edited by Vladimir Tismaneanu, professor at the University of Maryland, and Bogdan Iacob, research fellow at New Europe College, this volume is an up-to-date reassessment of how the interplay between memory, history, and justice generates insights that examine the present and future of democracy without becoming limited to a Europe-centric framework of understanding. The analysis is structured on three complementary and interconnected trajectories: the public use of history, politics of memory, and transitional justice.
Thinking Through Transition: Liberal Democracy, Authoritarian Pasts, and Intellectual History in East Central Europe After 1989
Edited by Michal Kopecek, head of the Department of Late- and Post-Socialism Studies at the Institute for Contemporary History and assistant professor of at Charles University, and Piotr Wcislik, doctoral student in CEU’s Department of History, this volume consist of eighteen essays by authors from the region, discussing how major domains of political thought (liberalism, conservatism, the Left, populism and memory politics) have been fairing in their countries.
Lech Mroz, head of the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, analyses 166 original and previously unpublished documents dating from the very first mention of a Gypsy in 1401 up to the year 1765. These documents range from royal decrees through lawsuits to entries in municipal records. Some were written in Polish but many are in Latin, German or Ruthenian. They tell the story of not only the Gypsies living in Poland, but also of those who now live in Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine.
This book by Agnieszka Halemba, associate professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw, explores the politics of religion, as expressed through apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Dzhublyk in Transcarpathia, a multi-ethnic area lying on Ukraine’s western border with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. In 2002, it was reported that an apparition of Mary was witnessed on several occasions and is now a popular destination for religious pilgrims.
Margarita Balmaceda's Living the High Life in Minsk: Russian Energy Rents, Domestic Populism and Belarus’ Impending Crisis was named the Best Foreign Monograph on Belarus at the 5th International Congress of Belarusian Studies, held on October 2-4, in Kaunas, Lithuania. In the book, published by CEU Press in 2014, Balmaceda, professor at the John C.
Andras Koerner’s latest book documents the physical aspects of the lives of Hungarian Jews in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with circa 250 historical photographs and related text: the way they looked, the kind of neighborhoods and apartments they lived in, and the places where they worked. The volume offers a virtual cross section of Hungarian society, a diverse group of the poor, the middle-class, and the wealthy.
A CEU Press publication, “Written here, Published There: How Underground Literature Crossed the Iron Curtain” by Friderike Kind-Kovacs, assistant professor at Regensburg University, has won the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies.
The latest title in the CEU Press Classics series contains three tales of the Caucasus by Aleksandre Qazbegi, one of the most prescient and gifted chroniclers of the Georgian encounter with colonial modernity. His stories offer an invaluable counterpoint to the predominantly Russian narratives that have hitherto shaped scholarly accounts of the nineteenth-century Caucasus.
For more information, see http://ceupress.com/books/html/Prose_of_the_Mountains.htm
“As simple as burek (baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky phyllo dough), is a popular phrase used by many young people in Slovenia. Jernej Mlekuz, researcher at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, maintains that the truth is just the opposite. Whether on the plate or as a cultural artifact, it is in fact, not that simple. After a brief stroll through its innocent history, Mlekuz focuses on the present state of the burek, after parasitical ideologies had attached themselves to it and poisoned its discourses.
In this book, Zoltan Kekesi, associate professor at the University of Fine Arts, Hungary, offers case studies on the representation of the Holocaust in contemporary art practices. Through carefully selected art projects, the author helps to understand the specific historical, cultural and political circumstances that influence the way people in Eastern Europe speak—and do not speak—about the Holocaust.
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