Objavljen program 10. Doktorske radionice „Zašto je socijalizam važan? Pristupi istraživanju političke ideje i povijesnog razdoblja“ (Pula, 28-31. kolovoza 2024.)

Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History &
Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism

Why Socialism Matters? Approaches to Research of the Political Idea and the Historical Period

Pula, August 28-31, 2024

Our tenth annual summer workshop for doctoral students aims to intertwine the themes of previous workshops and possibly raise them to a different level, thereby enabling discussion on the relevance of socialism in historical and contemporary social contexts, as well as in the research practises and epistemology of social sciences and humanities. Beginning with the nineteenth century, socialist thought and actions have profoundly influenced politics, economics, culture and other domains, fighting against inequality, exploitation and poverty, while also reducing old social tensions and sometimes instigating new ones. These processes are evident in the political activities of governments, socialist, social-democratic and communist parties, trade unions, workers’ associations, groups and revolutionary movements; in the economic policies that built the welfare state and socialist state; as well as in the intellectual and cultural realm shaped by socialist thought, and the dissemination of socialist ideas across Europe and globally. Through the decades, insights to these issues have evolved, introducing new approaches and sources. When presenting their topics, applicants are expected to highlight the connection between socialist thought and historical experiences, to explain why socialism matters for the particular topic and why the research of their topic matters, how it shaped the past through possible successes and failures, and how such legacies are shaping the present and possibly the future.

So far, the Workshop has focused on various topics in contemporary history, the history of socialist Yugoslavia and wider European context: The History of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia (2015); Yugoslav Socialism: Similarities and Exceptionalities (2016); A New Man for the Socialist Society (2017); Yugoslavia and the Global 1968: Contexts, Perspectives, Echoes (2018); Industrial Societies of Late Socialism: European Comparisons (2019); Cooperation, Exchange and Solidarity in Europe 1945-1990 (2020); Microhistories of Socialism (2021); Microhistories of Socialism and Postsocialism (2022); What Was Europe? Perception, Division and Integration, 1940s-2010s (2023). The themes were often connected to the research projects at CKPIS or with the cooperation network around the Chair for South-East European History at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Over the past years, the Workshop has received an excellent response, with PhD students and lecturers coming from various universities and other institutions (Belgrade, Berlin, Bielefeld, Birmingham, Bochum, Bologna, Budapest, Cologne, Cork, Durham, Florence, Ghent, Giessen, Glasgow, Graz, Hamburg, Iaşi, Konstanz, Koper, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Montreal, Munich, North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Nottingham, Oxford, Paris, Potsdam, Prague, Princeton, Regensburg, San Diego, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Split, Tübingen, Turku, Vienna, Warsaw, Warwick, Zagreb and Pula). Information on past workshops is available on our website.

CALL FOR PAPERS (March 14, 2024)
APPLICATION FORM (Deadline: May 15, 2024)

Invited lecturers
Assoc. Prof. Ankica Čakardić, PhD (University of Zagreb)
Prof. Hannes Grandits, PhD (Humboldt University of Berlin)
Assist. Prof. Branimir Janković, PhD (University of Zagreb)
Assoc. Prof. Katarina Peović, PhD (University of Rijeka)

Organizing Committee
Prof. Igor Duda, PhD (Juraj Dobrila University of Pula)
Anita Buhin, PhD (IHC – NOVA FCSH / IN2PAST, NOVA University Lisbon)
Tina Filipović (EUI Florence / University of Zagreb)
Sara Žerić Đulović (IOS Regensburg)

We thank for support
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
Faculty of Humanities, Pula

We thank for cooperation
Student Centre, Pula
Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria, Pula