CFP: Institutions and International Law in Eastern Europe

Original announcement is here.

Place and time: Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO), Leipzig, 28.09.2017 – 29.09.2017

International law is enjoying increasing popularity among historians of global and international affairs, due to a re-reading of legal norms and rules that questions a state-centered approach. Instead of seeing law as an outcome of state behavior, recent scholarship has examined the transnational character of law and legal communities, and the oftentimes complex negotiation processes that precede the codification and subsequent ratification of international conventions. This perspective aligns with the focus on border-crossing relations and on professional and nonstate actors and institutions that has become essential to global and international history. Moreover, connections forged between the history of international law and discussions of the limits of legal universalism have increased the legal dimension’s relevance for historians of empire and decolonization. Encircling notions of hegemony, imperialism, and civilization, and scrutinizing the role of international law in imperial and civilizing missions, this strand of research has given rise to regional histories of international law. Continue reading CFP: Institutions and International Law in Eastern Europe

History’s Debris. The Many Pasts in the Post-1989 Present

“History’s Debris. The Many Pasts in the Post-1989 Present,” Südosteuropa 64 (2016), no. 2, pp. 119-141.

by Bogdan C. Iacob


The article is a reassessment of the aftermaths of the events of 1989 in (South-)Eastern Europe. It supplements the well-worn debate pitting civil vs. uncivil society with examinations of the role nationalism has played in the formerly socialist bloc and of the (self-)identification practices within the region’s societies. Here I map the various postcommunist legacies that have affected the region’s countries. Grand explanations of the upheaval of 1989 tend to obscure and simplify the continuities that have extended beyond this threshold year. Common trends within the region, which often remain hidden in the long shadow of 1989, may explain contemporary tensions between the revival of civic mobilization and the rise of populism. I conclude that only by clearing history’s debris—from before and after 1989—will we understand the nature and identity of the ‘we’ who claim, contest, or (increasingly seldom) celebrate this annus mirabilis.

Full text here.

International Conference “L’Europe de l’Est, l’Afrique Subsaharienne et la diplomatie culturelle pendant la Guerre Froide”

« L’Europe de l’Est, l’Afrique Subsaharienne et la diplomatie culturelle pendant la Guerre Froide », Bucarest, le 17 juin 2016

Venue: The Regional Francophone Centre for Advanced Research in Social Sciences (CEREFREA Villa Noël) conference room, 6, rue Emile Zola, Secteur 1, 011847, Bucarest, Romania

9:30 – 09:40 Allocutions d’ouverture/ Welcome remarks

09:40 – 10:30 Conférence inaugurale/ Opening Address

Maria Paula Meneses (Université de Coimbra / University of Coimbra) [EN]

De Bandung à libérations nationales: alliances qui ont façonné l’Afrique Sub-saharienne[From Bandung to national liberations: alliances that shaped Subsaharan Africa]

10:30– 10:40 Pause-café/ Coffee Break

10:40– 12:10 1e session/ Panel 1. L’ Europe de l’Est et l’Afrique sub-saharienne: bilatéralisme et internationalisme/ Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa: Bilateralism and Internationalism

Michèle Leclerc-Olive (L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, IRIS) [FR]

Les pays de l’Europe de l’Est et La Guinée. Au lendemain de l’indépendance. Le rôle des conseils économiques de Sékou Touré [Eastern Europe and Guinea in the Aftermath of the Independence. The Role of Sekou Toure’s economic advisers]

Bogdan C. Iacob (New Europe College, Bucarest/ Hungarian Academy of Sciences) [EN]

Africa Rediscovered. Romania’s Global Turn during 1970s [Afrique redécouverte. La politique globale de la Roumanie dans les années 1970]

Domnica Gorovei (Université de Bucarest) [FR]

Roumanie-Sénégal: les visites d’État de Nicolae Ceaușescu à Dakar et de Léopold Sédar Senghor à Bucarest (1965-1980) [Romania-Senegal: Nicolae Ceauşescu’ state visits in Dakar and Léopold Sédar Senghor’s in Bucharest (1965-1980)]

Continue reading International Conference “L’Europe de l’Est, l’Afrique Subsaharienne et la diplomatie culturelle pendant la Guerre Froide”

Roundtable – Converging Worlds of the Cold War: Eastern Europe and the Global South

“Converging Worlds of the Cold War: Eastern Europe and the Global South” Roundtable
May 19, 16.00
New Europe College (Plantelor no. 21, Bucharest)


The roundtable reflects the general aim of our project “Turning Global,” that is, to provide the framework for a comprehensive analysis of post-1945 state socialism’s international projection. The roundtable will map the interaction between communist regimes in Eastern Europe and newly de-colonized countries from the Global South. The participants wish to look into the impact of de-colonization and its tribulations on state socialist countries’ positioning and self-representation during the global Cold War.

Some of the themes we wish to touch upon are: Continue reading Roundtable – Converging Worlds of the Cold War: Eastern Europe and the Global South