1st Workshop Block
(24th August, Monday)
The importance of Central Europe through history.
(Bence Bari, Dániel Molnár)
The aim of this workshop is to analyze the importance of Central Europe to the other major powers in the last thousand years. Was this part of the continent a periphery, far behind the West? Or was it a bridge, connecting East and West? Was it an area worth competing for to dynasties, or just some unimportant additions to their vast empires? How important the ruling dynasties and later leading politicians of these countries were in the rank? Were countries here targets, toys, or creators and shapers of European politics?
Central-European History Textbook. Dream and Reality.
A couple of years ago France and Germany have published a history textbook. China, South-Korea and Japan has a similar book as well. Change the national approach of history – this is the goal of these efforts. Common histories instead of history against the neighbours. What about the history teaching of our region? Should Central European countries publish a textbook like this? Can this book be a reality, or it is a dream? Why? Why not?
Mitteleuropa, Central Europe, East-Central Europe to be or not to be? Does Central Europe exist?
Are there any grounds to speak about a specific historical region called (East)-Central Europe? Is Europe bipolar or tripolar? The issue of how to name and define the Central European region has been subject to debates since its genesis. Furthermore, one can note that the different concepts of the region have always been related to the historical perspective, identity and cultural background of its authors. The workshop aims to discuss the problems concerning the historiography of Central Europe and to identify its different and often elusive geographical, historical and cultural definitions.
(Zsófia Kisőrsi, Zsófia Kenesei)
The main theme of our workshop is the history of European cross-border regions. The first question what they are, how we can define them. The second, are there own, distinct history or not. The aim of the workshop is the rethinking of new and old historical methods in the case of cross-border regions. Recommended article coming soon!
2nd Workshop Block
(25th August, Tuesday)
1000 years of Central Europe – Expansion and Regression
The main theme of this workshop is the history of the region which can be identified as „Eastern”, „Central” or even „Further Western Europe”. We will follow and evaluate the developement of this area from the first Millennium. During this activity, we will have debates about the borders of „Central Europe” (whether they were stable or flexible) and the importance of this peculiar land in the history of Europe and the World.
The influence and the remembrance of the Habsburg Empire today
The aim of this workshop is to take a look at the heritage and present influence of the former Habsburg Empire on the successor states. We will investigate, how the dynasty and some of its iconic members are treated and remembered in the successor states historiography and collective memory of the successor states. What decides, if a member is remembered as a tyrant in one country, and as another a positive figure in another? Which events are remembered more in the successor states? How politicians use this heritage and the feelings of the public about the former dynasty and its members?
Art and Culture in Central Europe (19th -20th century)
The Habsburg monarchy and its successor states played a significant role in the development of modern art and culture in Central Europe. Although the social environment of Central European intellectuals and artists contained many feudal elements, due to the rich cultural transfers from both West and East, their cultural heritage offered more artistic freedom than other historical regions of Europe.
In general, historical research and scholars in Central Europe still emphasize national and regional differences rather than common issues and developments. For this reason, the aim of this workshop is to discuss them and to study a wide spectrum of topics concerning art and culture in the region, like specific Central European aesthetic innovations, artistic movements, artworks and its changing interpretation, crucial debates about modernity, national identity and relation between art and politics.
(Zsófia Kisőrsi, Dalma Galambos)
What is the meaning of the liminal state? According to Victor Turner ‘Their ambiguous and indeterminate attributes are expressed by a rich variety of symbols in the many societies that ritualize social and cultural transitions. Thus, liminality is frequently likened to death, to being in the womb, to invisibility, to darkness, to bisexuality, to the wilderness, and to an eclipse of the sun or moon.’ The aim of this workshop is rethinking of Turner’s concept in Eastern-European historical concept. We should talk about migrants,commuters and others. Recommended article the main concept of Victor Turner.