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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. 


    Speaker: Yulia Gradskova, Södertörn University.

    Presentation of the book: Yulia Gradskova& Ildiko Asztalos Morell, eds. "Genderimg Postsocialism. Old Legacies and New Hierarchies"

    Gendering Postsocialism explores changes in gendered norms and expectations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The dismantlement of state socialism in these regions triggered monumental shifts in their economic landscape, the involvement of their welfare states in social citizenship and, crucially, their established gender norms and relations, all contributing to the formation of the postsocialist citizen. Case studies examine a wide range of issues across 15 countries of the post-Soviet era. These include gender aspects of the developments in education in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Hungary, controversies around abortion legislation in Poland, migrant women and housing as a gendered problem in Russia, challenges facing women's NGOs in Bosnia, and identity formation of unemployed men in Lithuania. This close analysis reveals how different variations of neoliberal ideology, centred around the notion of the self-reliant and self-determining individual, have strongly influenced postsocialist gender identities, whilst simultaneously showing significant trends for a "retraditionalising" of gender norms and expectations. This volume suggests that despite integration with global political and free market systems, the postsocialist gendered subject combines strategies from the past with those from contemporary ideologies to navigate new multifaceted injustices around gender in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

    Presentation of the article: Yulia Gradskova. "Turism till sovjetiska östern: mellan ett förflutet rysk imperium och sovjetisk modernitet." I Turismenshistoria i Norden, red. Wiebke Kolbe under medverkan av Anders Gustavsson. Uppsala, Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien, 2018, ss.71-83.


    Speaker: Julia Malitska, Södertörn University.

    Presentation of the book chapter: “In the Forge of the Empire: Legal Order, Colonists and Marriage in the Nineteenth-century Northern Black Sea Steppe.” In New Perspectives on the History of Gender and Empire: Comparative and Global Approaches, ed. Ulrike Lindner and Dörte Lerp. Bloomsbury Akademic: London, 2018. Pp. 59–84.

    Chair: Julia Malitska, Södertörn University

    Tid och plats

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

    Vad: bokpresentation, högre seminarium

    Var: Room MA 796, CBEES, Södertörn University

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

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska