THE KNOWLEDGE FACTOR. Refugees in Central and Eastern Europe, 1912-2001

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Annual Convention of the Leibniz Graduate School at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe

Date: 8-9 December 2016
Location: Lecture Hall, Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg
Victoria Harms, Jan Surman

In arguments about the current refugee crisis, East European heads of state have repeatedly claimed that their countries have never been perceived as desirable destinations; therefore, they shall never be such. We would like to take the occasion of the 2016 Annual Convention of the Leibniz Graduate School at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe to investigate this claim. “The Knowledge Factor” offers an opportunity to discuss the history of refugees in, not from, Eastern Europe and the role knowledge inherent to or associated with refugees has played in the interaction with host societies. The focus lies on the twentieth century from the Balkan Wars of 1912 until its ultimate end in 2001.

For the purpose of this convention, we consider a refugee a person who involuntarily had to leave home due to political persecution, war, violence, breakdown of a political and social order as well as natural catastrophes. We are interested in the region that was once considered the Eastern bloc, i.e. East Central Europe and the successor states of the Soviet Union.

Critical analyzes should emphasize the historical dimension of this topic; the conference aspires to contribute to the history of science, post-colonial studies, and the socio-political as well as cultural history of the twentieth century. Whereas case studies should focus on Eastern Europe as destination and host country, we explicitly welcome papers on the global entanglements of the region and the inherent interdependence of its composing parts.

» Conference Report by Theresa Schnurbus

Keynote: Ilse Lazaroms


Thursday, 8 December 2016

12:30 pm Registration

1:00 – 1:15 pm Introductory Remarks

Peter Haslinger (Director, Herder Institute, Marburg)

1:15 – 2:15 pm Panel I

Chair: Jelena Đureinović (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen)

Agata Beata Domachowska (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń):
Lessons learned? The Balkan States’ Narrations on the Kosovo Refugees Crisis.

Peter Vataščin (University of Pécs):
Challenging and Solidifying: the Dynamics of Notions, Stereotypes, and Prejudices about Forced Migration in Subotica.

2:30 – 4:00 pm Panel II

Chair: Jan Surman (Herder Institute, Marburg)

Miroslav Tomek (Charles University, Prague):
From Politician to Sociologist: Mykyta Shapoval and Ukrainian Sociological Institut.

Alexey Golubev (University of Toronto):
Refugees in Power: Red Finns and the Making of Revolutionary Karelia.

Brian Gebhart (Stony Brook University):
Germanizing Universities and Imperial Knowledge: Theodor Schiemann, *Ostforschung*, and the University of Dorpat at the End of the First World War.

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Tour through the Herder Institute

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Coffee break

5 pm Keynote

Ilse Lazaroms (Center for Jewish History, New York):

Origins Revisited: The Lost Landscapes of Joseph Roth’s Eastern Europe.

with an introduction by Peter Haslinger (Director, Herder Institute, Marburg)


7 pm Dinner

Die Kantiene, Reitgasse 6, 35037 Marburg


Friday, 9 December 2016

9:30 – 11:00 am Panel III

Chair: Konstantin Rometsch (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen)

Seth Bernstein (Higher School of Economics, Moscow):
Returnees or Refugees? The Reception of Soviet Repatriates in the USSR, 1945-1946.

Paul Vickers (Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen):
Pioneers, Repatriants, Refugees: The Settlement of Poland’s Former German Territories in Socialist-era Polish Sociology

Robert Andrzejczyk (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń):
The Adaptation of Refugees from Greece in the Polish Bieszczady Mountains (1951-1970).

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Panel IV

Chair: Anikó Boros (Humboldt University, Berlin)

Svetlana Boltovskaja (Herder Institute, Marburg):
From Students to Refugees: African Immigration to the USSR and the post-Soviet Russia

Joanna Fomina (Academy of Sciences, Warsaw):
Transnational Political Remittances, Knowledge Transmittance, Value-based Social Networks and Democratisation: Russian Political Migrants in Poland

12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 pm Discussion & Concluding Remarks

Victoria Harms (Herder Institute, Marburg)

Jan Surman (Herder Institute, Marburg)


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