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"The Pleasures of Backwardness: Consumer Desire and Modernity in Eastern Europe" Conference | April 23–25 | U.C. Berkeley



"The Pleasures of Backwardness: Consumer Desire and Modernity in Eastern Europe"



Conference | April 23–25 | U.C. Berkeley







Keynote Address | April 23 | 5:15pm–7:00 pm | Faculty Club, Heyns Room



Sessions | April 24 | 9:15am-5:30pm | Dwinelle 370



Sessions | April 25 | 9:00am-6:30pm | Dwinelle 370



Special Colloquium | April 24 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Dwinelle 370







Speakers include: Mary Neuburger, Professor of History, University of Texas; Alexei Yurchak, Professor of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley; Brian Porter-Szűcs, Professor of History, University of Michigan; Zsuzsa Gille, Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Patrick Patterson, Professor of History, U.C. San Diego; Dagmara Jaješniak-Quast, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University-Viadrina; Andrew Janos, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, U.C. Berkeley; Krisztina Fehérváry, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan; Justinian Jampol, Director, The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, L.A.; and many others.







Sponsored by: U.C. Berkeley Institute of Slavic, East European an Eurasian Studies; Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University-Viadrina; U.C. Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities; Institute of European Studies, U.C. Berkeley, in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); U.C. Berkeley Department of History; U.C. Berkeley East Central Europeanist and Germanist Working Groups, the Kroužek and der Kreis







The Pleasures of Backwardness: Consumer Desire and Modernity in Eastern Europe







Thursday, April 23, 2015



The Faculty Club, Heyns Room



University of California, Berkeley







Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 24, 2015



Dwinelle Hall 370



University of California, Berkeley







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OPENING EVENT



Friday, April 23, 2015



5:15pm-7:00pm



The Faculty Club, Heyns Room







Welcome and Opening Remarks



JOHN CONNELLY



Professor of History, U.C. Berkeley



Director, Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies



                                               



Keynote Address



“To the ‘West’ and Back: Pleasure, Restraint and ‘Civilization’ in Eastern Europe”



MARY NEUBURGER



Professor of History, University of Texas



Director, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies



           



Response



ALEXEI YURCHAK



Professor of Anthropology, U.C. Berkeley







Public Discussion







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Friday, April 24, 2015



9:15am-5:30pm



Dwinelle Hall 370



University of California, Berkeley







Session 1



9:15 – 11:00 am







“Conceptualizing Consumption in the PRL”



BRIAN PORTER-SZŰCS



Professor of History, University of Michigan







“The Making of the Non-Capitalist Consumer: Waste, Work and Well-Being in Socialist Lithuania and Hungary”



DIANA MINCYTE



Social Science, City University of New York-NYC College of Technology



ZSUZSA GILLE



Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign







“Culture Club: Media Messaging and Consumer Desire in the Workers’ States”



PATRICK PATTERSON



History, University of California-San Diego







Break for lunch







Book Project Report



1:30 pm – 2:00 pm







“From Stalinism to Coca-Cola: A Collaborative Source Collection”



MARK KECK-SZAJBEL



European University-Viadrina







Session 2



2:00 pm – 3:15 pm







“Demonstrating Polish Modernity in the USSR—Pol’skie mody ’58 Fashion Show in 1958”



MILA OIVA



Cultural History, University of Turku







“Consumer Assurance in Times of Crisis: The Provision of Coffee and Tropical Fruits during the Honecker Era and its Implications for the GDR’s Foreign Trade Relations”



ANNE DIETRICH



Center for Area Studies, University of Leipzig







Coffee break







Session 3



3:45 pm – 5:00 pm







“A City without a Leisure District: Class, Gender and European Entertainment in Belgrade between the Two Wars”



JOVANA BABOVIĆ



History, University of Tennessee-Knoxville







“Capitalistic Consumer Cultures in Socialist Nowa Huta”



DAGMARA JAJEŚNIAK-QUAST



Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University-Viadrina







Evening Colloquium



7:00 pm – 8:30 pm



Dwinelle 370







“The Paradox of Progress: The Politics of Backwardness from Pre- to Postmodernity”



ANDREW JANOS



Political Science, University of California-Berkeley







Response: JOHN CONNELLY







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Saturday, April 24 and 24, 2015



Dwinelle Hall 370



University of California, Berkeley







Session 4



9:00 – 10:45 am







“Consuming Popular Music in the Eastern Bloc: East German Punk and Politics of Alternative Consumption”



JEFF HAYTON



History, Wichita State University







Bit, Kultura and the Ambivalences of Consumer Desire in Late Socialist Bulgaria”



CRISTOFER SCARBORO



History, King’s College







“More than Opium of the People: The Politics of Drink in Late Socialism”



ESTHER WAHLEN



History and Civilization, European University Institute in Florence







Coffee break







Session 5



11:15 am – 12:30 pm







“Spell of Glamour: Consumption Patterns in Post-Soviet Ukraine”



TETIANA BULAKH



Anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington







“Virtue, Vice, and Necessity: Cultural Identity and the Problem of Socio-Economic Backwardness in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and post-Socialist Russia in Historical Perspective”



LEONID KIL



Political Science, University of California-Berkeley







Break for lunch







Session 6



2:30 – 4:15 pm







“Czechoslovak TV-Serial Nemocnice na kraji města as Cultural Transfer between East and West in the Time of Late Socialism”



INA PIŠOVÁ



Institute of Czech Literature, Academy of Sciences, Prague







“Shifting Consumption Practices of Foreign Television Series and Non-Theatrical Films in Socialist and Post-Socialist Romania”



ALICE BARDAN



Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University







“VCRs, Modernity and Consumer Culture Before and During the Polish System Transition”



PATRYK WASIAK



Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Wrocław











Coffee break







Session 7



4:45 – 6:30 pm







“The Pleasures of Standing in Line? Kolejka and Historical Politics in Post-Communist Poland.”



WINSON CHU



History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee







 “Hungarian Retro and the Re-Mattering of History”



KRISZTINA FEHÉRVÁRY



Anthropology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor







“The Meanings of Things: East German Consumer Goods after 1989”



JUSTINIAN JAMPOL



The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War, Los Angeles











Event contact: Michael Dean, michaelwdean[at]gmail.com





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