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CfP: Conference „Europe at the Crossroads!“ Frankfurt (Oder) 5.-8.9.23.

Eingereicht am: 12.01.2023
Eingereicht von: Susann Worschech / worschech@europa-uni.de

Joint Conference of the German Association for East European Studies (Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, DGO), the Herder-Forschungsrat (Fachkommission
Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften) and the Section on Political Sociology in the
German Sociological Association (GSA/DGS):

Europe at the Crossroads!
Analyzing the current critical junctures and the political, socioeconomic
and cultural dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe

Date: September 5-8, 2023
Venue: Frankfurt (Oder) at the European University Viadrina

The beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine in February 2022 was a historical
watershed in European history and marked the end of the post-Cold War era. Using the term
“Zeitenwende” in his notable speech only three days after Russia’s invasion, German
chancellor Scholz pointed at the fundamental challenge towards the European order of peace,
freedom and democracy that this war means. At the same time, this turning point in European
history does also clearly set an end to what we might call the post-socialist transformation
phase. Whatever direction Europe may take, ‘post-socialist transformation’ or ‘post-socialist
countries’ will no longer be the adequate term to describe the single or common development
paths of Central and Eastern European countries.
This conference and the corresponding publication pursue the aim of analyzing and
conceptualizing the emergence, the meaning, and the future relevance of the so-called
‘Zeitenwende’ for Europe in general and for Central and Eastern Europe in particular. We aim
at contextualizing and analyzing this supposed turning point in contemporary Europe with
(1) a focus on the ‘long lines of transformation’ that set the context of this rupture,
(2) the ambivalences of Europeanization and frictions that mark the phase of ‘post-transformation’ as well as
(3) first foreseeable consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

We invite theoretical, empirical and conceptual papers that deal with these or further questions
regarding the role of Central and Eastern Europe for ‘Europe at the crossroads’. Please send
abstracts of max. 500 words to EuropeanJuncture@europa-uni.de until 20.01.2023.

Applicants will be informed about a decision of participation by the end of February.
In case of a successful application, you will be invited to submit a paper of max. 8.000 words
until 15.06.2023. We will share papers before the conference in order to ensure a discussion
of high quality and related to the papers.
Revisions of the papers will be possible until 31.10.2023. The publication as a special issue
or edited volume is planned in early 2024.

For further information, please visit https://www.soziopolis.de/ausschreibungen/call/europe-at-the-crossroads-analyzing-the-current-critical-junctures-and-the-political-socioeconomic-and-cultural-dynamics-in-central-and-eastern-europe.html or contact
Dr. Susann Worschech
Viadrina Institute for
European Studiesv(IFES)
European University Viadrina


05.09.2023 - 08.09.2023


Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde
Veröffentlicht am:
Rubrik: Kalender
Tagesredaktion: Megan Nagel