Aktuelle Nachrichten, Termine und Veranstaltungen

26.11.2013 - 27.11.2013

Regionalism, urbanity, and modernity in multi-ethnic and multi-cultural Eastern Europe in the 20th century

master class

26. – 27. November 2013

When Eastern Europe entered the era of „high modernity“, it was politically still organized within imperial frameworks and in multicultural and -lingual contexts. Consequently, sub-imperial, i.e. regional, and urban entities often were being regarded as an antagonist category with respect to the Empire. Moreover, concepts of regional and urban identity were influenced by the nationalist movements, while concepts of regional and urban identity were of central importance to projects of imperial reform. The interwar period centralized „nationalizing“ states. The re-organization of borderlines after 1918, and post WWII socialist régimes put a virtual end to constructs, concepts, and territorial entities that were based upon the region. Many regional entities which were of great importance to cultural identities even ceased to exist in the consequence of the World Wars (e.g. Galicia or Eastern Prussia). Thus, regionalisms in multi-ethnic Eastern European contexts are important political, social and cultural movements influencing modern(izing) societies. While the last decades, we could observe a re-emergence of regionalist movements, concepts, and reform ideas. Moreover, during the last three decades, we can speak of a renaissance of interest in historical regions.

In the paradigm of 20th century modernization, the process of urbanization is regarded as a central premise for the emergence, viability, and regeneration of modern societies, too. In the 20th century, we observe the emergence of new city types (like the Socialist City) and forms in the wake of system change and/or industrial diversification and specialization. Before and after 1945, we observe official attempts to integrate urban cultural plurality and to shape urban settings according to hegemonic patterns and values. Under socialist rule, such attempts include the creation of entirely new settings and state control over representations of urbanity. However, the latter proved to be only partly successful, as we can observe in the everyday and sub-cultural experience of socialist cities.

In our Master Class, we want to discuss concepts and experiences of, and within, regional and urban spaces. Keynote speakers will give an insight into recent research trends in the field. Participants (especially interested students and PhD-students) are welcome to present papers focusing on aspects of regional or urban history as well as on intellectual debates on regionalism, urbanity, and related political reform projects or on the recent experience of urban agglomerations, regional entities, and transnational regional movements.


Please send a one page-paper and a short CV (deadline 10.11.2013) to:

organizer: Thematisches Netzwerk „Kulturelle Kontakt- und Konfliktzonen im östlichen Europa“ (Gießener Zentrum Östliches Europa and Herder-Institut Marburg) in cooperation with the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at the Justus Liebig University Giessen

lecturers: Alexander Maxwell (Wellington, NZ), Peter Haslinger and Heidi Hein-Kircher (Marburg/Gießen)

place: Gießen (26.11.2013) and Marburg (27.11.2013)

CfA_Regionalism__urbanity__and_modernity__26.-27.11.2013.pdf (571 KB)