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07/14/2021 - 07/16/2021 | Leipzig

Workshop: Dissidents as Figures of Truth

(Since the 1970s)

What do Andrei Sakharov, Noam Chomsky, Protestant Nonconformists
separating from the Church of England in the 17th and 18th centuries,
and today’s mask opponents have in common?
They all have at times been called, and identified themselves as,
dissidents. Though, we almost intuitively associate dissidents with Soviet
intellectual nonconformists, and those from other countries of the
Eastern Bloc.

At our conference, we want to look more closely at how the figure of the
“dissident” became constructed and solidified across the Iron Curtain and
after the fall of the Soviet Union. We will focus on practices, techniques,
and media settings which (co)produce the dissident as a (mostly male)
“truth figure”, which includes practices of staging oneself, and ways of
embodying the (epistemic) values and virtues associated with this figure.


Wednesday, 14 July 2021

18:00 – 20:00 CET

Public Keynote
Maike Lehmann (Bremen):
Of prophets, martyrs and bothersome annoyances: on the de/canonization of Soviet
“dissidents” in the West | more:


Thursday, 15 July 2021

9:00 – 9:30 CET

Barbara Martin (Basel): Roy and Zhores Medvedev: No “true” dissidents?
Olga Rosenblum (Moscow): Dissidents of the 1970s: “Truth figure” among other
figures, “truth” as a value among other values

11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00
Anastassiya Schacht (Vienna): “And how is it there, over the ocean?” - Soviet
dissidents reaching the West
Jonas Kaiser (Hildesheim): Dissidents and the trust-building process of the Viennna
CSCE-follow-up meeting 1986-89

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:15
Barbara J. Falk (Toronto): Václav Havel as dissident: purveyor of truth and
philosopher of responsibility
Tatiana Levina (Moscow): Lina Tumanova: philosopher, dissident
David Aitken (Montreal): The historical particularities of dissent as a demand for truth

18:00 – 20:00
Dissidence and feminism: Public Round Table (in cooperation with Memorial
International) | more:


Friday, 16 July 2021

9:00 – 10:30 CET
Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu (Vienna): Continuities and disruptions: Many faces of Jacek Kuroń
in post-1989 Poland
Michal Ďurčo (Bratislava), Doubravka Olšáková (Prague): Dissidents against their will: the
case of environmental activists in Czechoslovakia during the 1980's

10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30
Elena Korowin (Freiburg): The dissident artist and the “true” art
Klavdia Smola (Dresden): Performing dissidence in Russia since 2000: Aesthetical
resources of (un)truth

12:30 – 13:00
Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:30
Andreea Deciu Ritivoi (Pittsburgh): Dissidence and historical revisionism
Ioana Macrea-Toma (Budapest/Vienna): In search for contours in the archives: beyond
contextualism and normativism regarding dissidents

14:30 – 14:45
Coffee Break

14:45 – 15:45
Public Final Discussion: Susanne Schattenberg (Bremen), Simone Attilio Belezza (Naples), Stefan Garsztecki (Chemnitz) | more:


Organised by the research initiative “(East) European Epistemologies” (Friedrich
Cain, Dietlind Hüchtker, Bernhard Kleeberg, Karin Reichenbach and Jan Surman)

Information on participating / attending:
Keynote, round table and final discussion will be open to the public. To
sign up, please follow
For technical help, please contact Ines Rößler (
The participation in the workshop is limited. To register and for further information, please contact Karin Reichenbach (


07/14/2021 18:00 - 07/16/2021 15:45

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Target group:

Scientists and scholars, Students



Subject areas:

Cultural sciences, Geosciences, History / archaeology, Social studies

Types of events:

Seminar / workshop / discussion




Virginie Michaels


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