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CBEES Annual Conference 2024


Welcome to submit your proposals for the 10th CBEES Annual Conference:

Shaping Futures: The Baltics and Eastern Europe in the World

The 10th CBEES Annual Conference offers a time of retrospection and a time of new imaginings – a time to think about how the future can be (re)constructed. We are living through profound changes and upheaval. Reconfigurations of geographical, social, political, conceptual, and aesthetic boundaries and relations are taking shape. The present seems dominated by violence and destruction, and the world appears to be seriously, perhaps irreparably, damaged.
Nevertheless, in this situation, can we think of ways of reconstruction? When we critically interrogate the present, we find a range of political, social, and cultural connectivities and frictions, as well as different modes of relating to the past. Can we then imagine and understand reconstruction not as a return to the past in its imagined determinations, but as an opening towards the new, the unknown? How would this reshape our relation to the past? 
Trying to make sense of the multiple uncertainties in the present that have been brought about by violent historical change, we want to make an effort to think the future. This is a challenge that requires courage.

Dr Eglė Rindzevičiūtė Länk till annan Associate Professor of Criminology and Sociology at Kingston University London. Her research revolves around the sociology of scientific expertise and public policy, and the sociology of culture, particularly cultural policy, heritage and creative industries.

Her last book, entitled "The Will to Predict: Orchestrating the Future through Science Länk till annan webbplats." (Cornell University Press, 2023) explores the politics and epistemology of scientific predictions and their use in public policy.

We welcome applications for panels, roundtables, and individual paper presentations from different disciplines, on topics related to the Baltics and Eastern Europe.
The application deadline is 15 August 2024, 23:59 (Swedish time - CEST).

Topics can include but are not limited to the following:  

  • The unmaking and making of centres and peripheries; the role and place of the Baltics and Eastern Europe in the world  
  • New and old imperialistic ambitions to redraw geographical and ideological maps and temporalities  
  • Movements towards and away from transnationalism and transversalism
  • After deconstruction? Critical humanities and the post-critical turn
  • Displacement, exile and migration
  • The everyday of uncertainty and violence and their lived experience 
  • Cultural heritage – lost, remembered, forgotten, commemorated, restored 
  • The shaping of urban space: construction – destruction – (re)construction 
  • The age of the anthropocene - climate change, sustainability and other challenges
  • Resistance and the (re)claiming of dignities, rights and freedoms
  • Sustaining democracy and equality (and its gendered dimensions)
  • Fear, hope and the politics of emotions 
  • Artistic and literary voices speaking to the past, present and future  

CBEES Annual Conference is free of charge, and CBEES offers accommodation for up to two nights to the presenters at the conference. 

If you have any questions, please let us know via

  • Irina Sandomirskaja, Professor of Cultural Studies
  • Joakim Ekman, Professor of Political Science
  • Johanna Mannergren, Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research
  • Per Bolin, Professor of History and Director of CBEES
  • Ramona Rat, Researcher in Philosophy
  • Yulia Gradskova, Associate Professor in History

  • Cagla Demirel
  • Johanna Mannergren
  • Ramona Rat
  • Yulia Gradskova
Tid och plats

28 november 2024, 09:00 - 29 november 2024, 17:00


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