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06/16/2022 - 06/17/2022 | Leipzig

Post-Imperial and Post-Socialist Legacies in Today’s Populisms in Central and Eastern Europe


Populism has become a supra-national phenomenon leading researchers to re-evaluate the positioning of national societies and regions today. The varieties of populism that can be observed in Central and Eastern Europe tend to re-establish societies with a strong
emphasis on national identity and sovereignty.References to historical predecessors – who opposed to foreign infiltration into the respective nations – are made by political leaders to reconstruct the national myths and identities that have emerged since the interwar period.

The conference addresses to what extent populist parties and movements reinterpret historical peculiarities to restore national pride and give a new sense of direction. What influences did the different experiences of the imperial age, the collapse of the empires, and the legacies of socialism have on the variety of populisms of today?

Thursday, June 16, 2022
Venue: GWZO (Conference Room)
Welcome and Introduction
Panel 1a: Historical Narratives, Identities and Populism in Eastern and Central Europe
Chair: Kaja Schelker (GWZO)
Andrzej Sadecki (Charles University, Prague)
Between Grievance and Nostalgia to the lost Greatness: Exploiting the Legacies of the Treaty of Trianon in Viktor Orbán’ Hungary
Pál Dunay (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen)
The (Nearly) Unique Experiences of Hungary’s Populist Transition
Jogilė Ulinskaitė, Monika Verbalytė, Rosita Garškaitė (Vilnius University, Vilnius)
Emotional Narratives of Post-communist Transformation: how People Explain and Populists Exploit
Comment: Alexander Yendell (FGZ)
Lunch Break: 12.15–13.15
Panel 1b: Historical Narratives, Identities and Populism in Eastern and Central Europe
Chair: Polina Gundarina (GWZO)
Edit Zgut (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw)
›We won’t let Brussels dictate us‹: Eurosceptic Populism in Hungary and Poland
Hana Rydza (GWZO)
Different Context, Different Populisms? A Comparison of the Austrian, Slovakian and Czech Populists
Paolo Zucconi (FGZ)
The Czech Republic and Russia: a Complex Relationship between Historical Legacies and Populism
Comment: Juraj Marušiak (Slovak Academy of Sciences,
Discussion over Coffee: 15.00
Friday, June 17, 2022
Venue: FGZ (Room 5.55)
Panel 2: Ukraine and Russia: Imperial Legacies, Nationalism and Populism
Chair: Aurelia Ohlendorf (GWZO)
Matthew Blackburn (University of Warsaw, Warsaw)
A Deadly Dance on the Carcass of Empire: The Complex Interplay of Statism, Populism and Nationalism in contemporary Russia (2012–2022)
Victor Apryshchenko
Patriotism as Populism: Memory and Identity in (Non)contemporary Russia Politics/Law
Valeria Korablyova (Charles University, Prague)
A Subaltern Empire Meets Technopopulism: Reading the Russian War in Ukraine from the Postcolonial Perspective
Comment: Mikhail Ilchenko (GWZO)
Coffee Break: 11.45–12.00
Concluding Discussion
Discussion over Lunch: 13.00

The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of
Eastern Europe (GWZO)
focuses on the region between the Baltic Sea, Black Sea and Adriatic Sea from the Early Middle Ages to the present in a comparative
perspective. The institute aims at contributing to a deeper understanding of the current political, economic and social developments in the countries, societies and cultures of Eastern Europe, especially the countries of East Central Europe.
The Research Institute Social Cohesion (FGZ)
is an institute funded by the German Federal Ministry of
Education and Research, which is located in ten different federal states, focusing on the regional diversity of social cohesion in Germany and beyond. The almost
200 scientists from many different disciplines use empirical studies and large-scale comparisons to develop practical suggestions that help meet today's
societal challenges.
In collaboration with the Leibniz ScienceCampus
»Eastern Europe – Global Area« (EEGA)



Specks Hof (Entrance A), Reichsstraße 4–6, 04109 Leipzig
Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 10, 04109 Leipzig


Concept and Coordination
Hana Rydza: GWZO Junior Research Group »Contrasting East Central Europe«
Paolo Zucconi: FGZ, Leipzig


Ines Rößler: GWZO-Department »Knowledge Transfer and Networking«
Christine Tonscheidt: Head of the FGZ office area, Leipzig

Information on participating / attending:


06/16/2022 10:00 - 06/17/2022 13:00

Event venue:

Specks Hof (Entrance A), Reichsstraße 4–6

Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 10
04109 Leipzig

Target group:

Scientists and scholars, Students



Subject areas:

History / archaeology, Social studies

Types of events:

Conference / symposium / (annual) conference




Virginie Michaels


Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

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