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Conference: Entangled Transitions: Between Eastern and Southern Europe 1960s-2014. Leuven, 8-10 December 2014‏




The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe

Our first conference is organised in partnership with the research unit MoSa (Modernity & Society 1800-2000) at KU Leuven, in co-operation with Complutense University of Madrid. It will take place at The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Janseniusstraat 1, Leuven with registration at 2.30pm on December 8. The conference will run over 3 days with a conference dinner on the opening evening and concluding remarks up to lunchtime on the December 10. The conference programme can also be downloaded as a pdf from here.
The conference fee is  50 for one day, and  100 for the whole programme (lunch and coffee included). The conference dinner is an additional  50 and must be booked before the conference.
If you would like to attend the conference please register by email with the 1989 after 1989 Project Co-ordinator, Natalie Taylor: N.H.Taylor@exeter.ac.uk.


CONFERENCE SYNOPSIS

In under two decades, authoritarian political systems collapsed across Europe in the south of the continent in the 1970s, and then in the east between 1989 and 1991. Although much work has been done on these processes in each region, and comparative work carried out on post-authoritarian transitions and memories, there has yet to be any sustained scholarship that examines the entangledness of these processes in the context of broader European and global processes of the late Cold War and its aftermath. Taking a longue dure approach, this conference will explore these inter-relationships between the 1960s and the present day. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of state socialism and the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the transition from dictatorship on the Iberian Peninsula and in Greece: an ideal time to consider the relationship between these processes that have been central to modern European history.

Transnational histories of post-war Europe have hitherto been focused on connections between western and eastern Europe, or western and southern Europe, but have paid little attention to east-south exchanges. This event will address the networks through which these linkages emerged (governments, international organisations, expert groups such as economists, exiles, diplomats, cultural groups, dissidents, churches, NGOs and so on), and explore those ideas (e.g. modernisation on the periphery, development, authoritarianism, dissidence, human rights, subnational nationalisms, and the relationship to Europe) which gave meaning to those linkages, whether in imagined or real terms.

By analysing these connections, this conference aims to develop new perspectives on broader developments in international history, such as d�tente, the end of the Cold War, processes of globalisation, regional integration, and democratisation.