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11/18/2021 - 11/18/2021 | Leipzig

Navigating Eastern Europe’s Transregional Histories

Round Table Discussion

In the moderated round table discussion on pathways in the research on Eastern Europe in its global entanglements two recent publications serve as the starting point. The edited volumes “Navigating Socialist Encounters. Moorings and (Dis)Entanglements between Africa and East Germany during the Cold War” (2021), and “Transregional Connections in the History of East-Central Europe” (2021), both published with De Gruyter Berlin offer innovative empirical examples on the manifold encounters and transregional connections of individuals and groups of actors in East and Central Europe. Two commentators will share their readings on the edited volumes and afterwards the editors and authors of the works will respond to their comments as well as to questions and remarks from the audience.

Contrary to widely held views Transregional connections play a fundamental role in the history of East-Central Europe. This is what both publications demonstrate. The first volume, edited by Katja Castryck-Naumann, is part of the “Dialectics of the Global” series. It explores this connectivity by showing how people from eastern and central parts of Europe have positioned themselves within global processes while, in turn, also shaping them. The contributions examine different fields of action such as economy, arts, international regulations and law, development aid, and migration, focusing on the period between the middle of the nineteenth century and the end of the Cold War. The authors uncover spaces of interaction and emphasize that internal and external entanglements have established East-Central Europe as a distinct region. Understanding the connectedness of this subregion is stimulating for the historiography of East-Central Europe as it is for the field of global history.

The ‘global’ turn in historical research has yet to fully incorporate the African continent. The “Africa in Global History” series of De Gruyter publishers aims to promote historical scholarship which addresses the global connections which shaped African histories, theories and methods of doing Africanist global history, and studies of the limitations of global history from an Africanist perspective. The volume edited by Eric Burton, Anne Dietrich, Immanuel R. Harisch, and Marcia C. Schenck examines entanglements and disentanglements between Africa and East Germany during and after the Cold War from a global history perspective. Extending the view beyond political elites, it asks for the negotiated and plural character of socialism in these encounters and sheds light on migration, media, development, and solidarity through personal and institutional agency. With its distinctive focus on moorings and unmoorings, the volume shows how the encounters, albeit often brief, significantly influenced both African and East German histories.

The discussion is moderated by Lena Dallywater, Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA), a network of nine partner institutions in the region of Leipzig, Halle, and Jena, funded by the Leibniz Association.

Jan Koura (Charles University, Prague)
Marie-Janine Calic (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Round Table Participants:
Eric Angermann (University of Potsdam)
Eric Burton (University of Innsbruck)
Katja Castryck-Naumann (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig)
Immanuel R. Harisch (University of Vienna)
Anne-Kristin Hartmetz (Berlin)
Uwe Müller (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig)

Rabea Rittgerodt (De Gruyter, Berlin)
Anne Dietrich (Leipzig University)
Marcia C. Schenck (University of Potsdam)

Lena Dallywater, Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA)

The event is a cooperation of the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA), the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), and De Gruyter publishers, Berlin.

There will also be aYoutube-Livestream:

Information on participating / attending:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only a limited number of people can actually be present. The principle „First come, first serve“ applies. If you have registered but for some reason are unable to attend, please let us know so that another interested person can join us instead. We are trying to realise also an online participation.


11/18/2021 15:00 - 11/18/2021 17:00

Event venue:

Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) (Specks Hof (Eingang A), Reichsstraße 4-6, 4. Etage, 04109 Leipzig)
04109 Leipzig

Target group:

all interested persons



Subject areas:

Cultural sciences, History / archaeology, Language / literature, Social studies

Types of events:

Seminar / workshop / discussion




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