Seminar of the Imre Kertész Kolleg

The weekly research seminar supports discussion of the fellows´ research projects and other projects in the Kolleg´s main research areas. In addition to fellows and research staff members, the Kolleg regularly invites external guests to participate in these seminars.

On Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Am Planetarium 7, seminar room

7 Mai 2018

Adrian Mitte

Filmgespräch: Die Partitur des Krieges / The Score of War

[Translate to English:] Pressefoto, (c) armadafilm, 2016
[Translate to English:] Pressefoto, (c) armadafilm, 2016

"Die Partitur des Krieges" - Leben an der Front: Ein Film über den Lebensalltag im militärischen Konflikt in der Ostukraine.

Der Dokumentarfilm (90 Min.) erzählt von der Reise des Saalfelder Filmemachers Tom Franke und des gebürtigen Ukrainers und Musikers Mark Chaet im Jahr 2015 in die Konfliktzone in der Ukraine. Der Film zeigt die Realitäten des Krieges und das Leid von Zivilisten auf beiden Seiten der Frontlinie.

Das Thüringer Archiv für Zeitgeschichte "Matthias Domaschk" (ThürAZ) zeigt den Film in Jena in Zusammenarbeit mit der Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Thüringen, der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde e. V. und der Geschichtswerkstatt Jena e. V. im Kino im Schillerhof.

Samstag, 28. April
Uhrzeit: 19 Uhr
Kino im Schillerhof
Tickets: 5,00 Euro

NEW FELLOW PUBLICATION: Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism

(c) Routledge, 2018
(c) Routledge, 2018

Edited by Agnieszka Mrozik & Stanislav Holubec

Routledge Studies in Cultural History
Routledge, 2018
286 pages, 1 b/w illustration
ISBN: 978-1138-5422-66

Every political movement creates its own historical memory. The communist movement, though originally oriented towards the future, was no exception: The theory of human history constitutes a substantial part of Karl Marx’s and Friedrich Engels’s writings, and the movement inspired by them very soon developed its own strong historical identity, combining the Marxist theory of history with the movement’s victorious milestones such as the October Revolution and later the Great Patriotic War, which served as communist legitimization myths throughout almost the entire twentieth century.During the Stalinist period, however, the movement´s history became ... more.

NEW FELLOW PUBLICATION: Sexual Liberation, Socialist Style

© Cambridge University Press


Communist Czechoslovakia and the Science of Desire, 1945-1989

Kateřina Lišková

Cambridge University Pres, 2018
320 pages
ISBN: 978-1-108-42469-1
Price: € 87,53

This is the first account of sexual liberation in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Kateřina Lišková reveals how, in the case of Czechoslovakia, important aspects of sexuality were already liberated during the 1950s - abortion was legalized, homosexuality decriminalized, the female orgasm came into experts' focus - and all that was underscored by an emphasis on gender equality. However, with the coming of Normalization, gender discourses reversed and women were to aspire to be caring mothers and docile wives. Good sex was to cement a lasting marriage and family. In contrast to the usual Western accounts highlighting the importance of social movements to sexual and gender freedom, here we discover, through the analysis of rich archival sources covering forty years of state socialism in Czechoslovakia, how experts, including sexologists, demographers, and psychologists, advised the state on population development, marriage and the family to shape the most intimate aspects of people's lives.

Further information can be found in the section Publications of Fellows

New Publication: Die disziplinierte Diktatur - Stalinismus und Justiz in der sowjetischen Provinz, 1938 bis 1956

(c) Böhlau Verlag 2018
(c) Böhlau Verlag 2018

Immo Rebitschek

Beiträge zur Geschichte Osteuropas, Bd. 51
Böhlau: Vienna, Cologne, Weimar 2018
ISBN: 978-3-412-51127-2
Price: 65,00 €

Soviet prosecutors became famous in the show trials of the 1930s, yet these officials played their main role aside from the big stage. Prosecutors were investigating and prosecuting millions of non-political offenses. At the same time, they had to combat arbitrary practices within the Soviet state apparatus. Soviet prosecutors had the duty to enforce legal norms and the professional ambition to bind the Stalinist dictatorship to its own rules. Based on a case study from the regional state prosecutor’s office in the Molotov region, the book analyzes the conflicts that arose from the prosecutors’ professional ambitions. It explains how this institution, after the end of the Great Terror, started to challenge the Secret Police’s claim for power. The procuracy and its methods gradually became a major tool for the purpose of repression, and later the key figure for the reforms after Stalin’s death.

You can find more information on the publishing house or place your order here.

An inter-October Revolution: Poland in 1956–1957

© Znak Horyzont

Jerzy Kochanowski

Znak Horyzont, 2017
448 pages
ISBN: 978-83-240-4208-1
Price: 59,90 zł

On 1 January 1957, the well-known man-of-letters Jerzy Zawieyski posed the question, 'What is going to happen and how will it play out?' He added, 'What Poland witnessed in the last year was not stabilisation. On the contrary: everything remains uncertain, complex and conflict-imbued. Yet, one thing is certain: our former way of life will not be reinstated. Some irreversible damage has been done.' Indeed, the totalitarian characteristics of Stalinism contributed to the fast pace and vast extent of the transition in 1956-7 which affected and involved virtually every social, professional and ethnic group. The scope, intensity and variety of social activity and (self-)mobilisation is ostensibly comparable to the period immediately following the Second World War or even the early days of the transition that occurred after 1989.

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