September 11-12, 2020

Faculty Hosts: Edyta Bojanowska (Yale University) and
Vitaly Chernetsky (University of Kansas)

Location: Zoom webinar conferencing details provided after registration (times are in Eastern Standard Time)

As we mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, now is a fitting moment to take stock of the cultural changes in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe over the past three decades and to reflect on the region’s conflicted and contested “Europeanness.” This is also a propitious moment to reexamine the existing analytical frameworks for writing the cultural history of this period, and to consider new possibilities. This international conference will explore these questions while focusing on the vibrant cultural production in this part of Europe in post-1989 literature, film, and visual and performing arts. It aims in particular to foster a broad conversation between North American and European scholars of culture.  The language of the conference will be English.  

Featured Conference Image

This acrylic painting by a group of students from Nivelles, Belgium, is called The European Tree. It won first prize in a contest designed to help students understand the concept of European citizenship. Courtesy of Diplomat & International Canada.

Conference Sponsors:

European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center

Humanities Discretionary Fund

Program of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund