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Politics and Society Conference 2019. East Central Europe Thirty Years Following the End of Communism / September 27-28, 2019, Sibiu

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Department of International Relations, Political Science and Security Studies and the Alumni FSSU ULBS Association organises the international conference

Politics and Society Conference 2019. East Central Europe Thirty Years Following the End of Communism


September 27-28, 2019

The past thirty years following the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe witnessed impressive change in various aspects of political, economic, social and cultural areas. Democratization, institutional change and marketization have transformed the regional landscape, with many of the countries from the region becoming members of NATO and the European Union, while the rest started the negotiation process. However, recent developments in several countries from the region offered new perspectives on democratic consolidation, with democratic backsliding threatening the accumulation process and questioning the solidity of numerous transformations pertaining to Europeanization and the rule of law.

The democratic backsliding occurs in a context marked by consistent change in the international relations, where the advancement of NATO in Eastern Europe triggered the response from the Russian Federation, making the EU neighborhood policy a very complicated matter with respect to the frozen conflicts and de-facto states from the region. Moreover, domestic issues now combine in very intricate ways with regional and international topics, mixing migration policies, economic development and state (lack of) sovereignty with national and European elections. From the optimist perspective of ending post-communist transition with a consolidation phase, this is quite a surprise to see how de-democratization, the rise of the radical parties, protest, new media, widespread populism and fake-news combine in public sphere.

The Politics & Society Conference 2019 aims at shedding new light on new developments in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as at offering a broader perspective on the long-term political, social and economic processes that have transformed the region. The conference encourages papers that address the following issues, but are not limited to:
Democratization and de-democratization
The rise of new populist radical parties
Political ideologies in times of crisis
Political participation in the era of mass communication
Local governance and local democracy
The tension between EU integration and state sovereignty
NATO Eastern enlargement and regional tensions
De-facto states and frozen conflicts
The changing relations between Russia and East Central Europe
Migration and social change
The evolution in dominant social values
The (trans)formation of class in the process of full marketization
Nationalism as a political force

Conference tracks
Track 1: Parties and ideologies
Track 2: Political marketing
Track 3: Challenges to Local Government in ECE Countries
Track 4: The Germans in East Central Europe: local identities, transnational identities
Track 5: Flight and Migration: Research, policies and practice in different European countries
Track 6: Russia and East Central Europe: Thirty years of tense relations

Keynote speaker
Daniel Brett, University College London

International Advisory Board
Michael Ambrosi, University of Trier
Antonella Capelle-Pogăcean, Sciences Po, Paris
Stanislav Cernyavsky, Center for Post-Soviet Studies, Moscow
Philippe Claret, University of Bordeaux
Djivorin Djuric, Institute of Political Studies, Belgrade
Tatiana Dubovic, Taras Shevchenko University, Kiev
Petru Negură, Free International University, Chisinau
Sorina Soare, University of Florence
Serghei Sprincean, Institute of Legal, Political and Social Studies, Chisinau
Camil Ungureanu, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Registration fees and deadlines
Early bird – PhD/MA students: 30 euros
Early bird – Scholars from Romania, CEE, CIS: 40 euros
Early bird – Scholars from other countries: 50 euros
Late registration: 60 euros (participants who register after September 15, 2019)

The conference fee covers the conference package, coffee breaks, lunches, and the conference reception.

The paper proposals (abstracts) can be submitted via the on-line conference system available here. The language of the conference is English.

Application with paper proposals – May 26, 2019
Applicants are notified on the status of their proposal – May 31, 2019
Registration deadline – September 15, 2019

Contact information
Web: http://conferences.ulbsibiu.ro/crissp/ocs/index.php/psc/psc2019
E-mail: conf.crissp@ulbsibiu.ro

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