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    Harvest day: Book presentations

    Advanced seminar arranged by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University.

    Speakers: Roman Horbyk (Södertörn University) and Niklas Bernsand (Lund University).

    "What next for Ukrainian studies: assessing two decades of George Shevelov's legacy."

    A presentation of the 2018 special issue of Slavica Lundensia dedicated to George Shevelov's (1908-2002) 110th anniversary and accounting for his lasting impact in the study of Ukraine. The volume will be presented by co-editors - Niklas Bernsand and Roman Horbyk.


    Speaker: Tora Lane, Södertörn University.

    Presentation of the book: "Andrey Platonov - The Forgotten Dream of the Revolution" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).

    This book traces the originality of Andrey Platonov’s vision of the Revolution in readings of his works. It has
    been common in Platonov scholarship to measure him within the parameters of a political pro et contra the October Revolution and Soviet society, but the proposal of this book is to look for the way in which the writer continuously asked into the disastrous aspects of the implementation of a new proletarian community for what they could tell us about the promise of the Revolution to open up the experience of the world as common. In readings of selected works by Andrei Platonov it follows the development of his chronicle of revolutionary
    society, and from within it the outline of the forgotten utopian dream of a common world. It brings Platonov into a dialogue with certain questions that arise from the philosophy of Martin Heidegger and that were later re-addressed in the works of Maurice Blanchot, Georges Bataille and Jean-Luc Nancy, related to the experience of the modern world in terms of communality, groundlessness, memory, interiority. The book shows that Platonov writes the Revolution as an implementation of common being in society that needs to retrieve the forgotten memory of what being in common means.


    Speaker: Thomas Lundén, Södertörn University.

    Presentation of the book chapter: "Border regions and cross-border co-operation in Europe, a theoretical
    and historical approach." In European Territorial Cooperation, Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Process and Impacts of Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation in Europe. Eduardo Medeiros (ed.), Basel: Springer, 2018, pp. 97-113.

    The creation of trans-border regions, as a reality or as a symbol, has to overcome state territorial indoctrination, because the names given to areas are often defined by the extent of influence of each state. Border studies encompass a wide range of scholarship, ranging from legal studies of demarcations and territorial rights to the study of border narratives and symbols, formal cross-border cooperation, and the actual spatial behaviour of borderland inhabitants. Where territorial states are in juxtaposition, differences between the jurisdictions have led to a hierarchical asymmetry that produces discords. The period 1989–1991 marks a sudden and profound change in the political geography of Europe. The birth, rebirth, and disappearance of territorial states
    led to a totally new situation of borders, both in their demarcation and in their degree of openness, and the sudden transformation of boundaries into international borders had profound impacts on cross-border transactions. The present political map of Europe hides a palimpsest of earlier territorial divisions, some forgotten, and others brought to memory by irredentist interests or by nostalgic tourists. Even after the eradication of the “east” and “west” dichotomy (or the move eastwards of the divide), many border-related
    issues remain. The relaxation of border controls in the Schengen Area has led to new developments. “Sleeping abroad and working at home” is a tendency in several borderlands, reflecting differences in the availability of housing and job opportunities in the adjacent states, but this also creates problems with taxation and the right to social services and education, even in areas with a common language. 


    Chair: Julia Malitska, Södertörn University

    Tid och plats

    När: måndag 17 september kl. 13:00-14:30

    Vad: högre seminarium

    Var: Room MA 796, CBEES, Södertörn University

    Arrangeras av: The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska