Cambridge Central European Conference 2019: Post-1989 Transformation and Historical Memory

02/11/2019 - 9:00 AM

Cambridge Central European Conference 2019

The year 2019 represents the 30th anniversary of the 1989 revolutions, which reshaped both the international and domestic landscape in Central and Eastern Europe, leading to a large-scale political, economic and social transformation. The 30th anniversary provides a good opportunity to look back at these processes.

The Cambridge Central European Conference 2019: Post-1989 Transformation and Historical Memory will focus on the historical milestone of 1989, and assess from a multi-disciplinary perspective the experiences of five countries in Central Europe: Germany and the four countries of the Visegrad group – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. While each of them faced different challenges – such as, for instance, German reunification and the Czechoslovak “Velvet Divorce” – they are all member states of the European Union with new challenges and opportunities in the offing. To offer a variety of disciplinary and case study perspectives, the conference aims to bring together researchers from academic institutes from the region, as well as actors who were involved in the transformation processes first-hand.


9:00 Registration
10:00 Opening
Confirmed: H.E. Lubomir Rehak, H.E. Arkady Rzegocki, Dr. Harald Wydra
11:00 – 13:00 Panel I – Historical Memory of 1989 in Central Europe
Confirmed: Prof. Samuel Abraham, Prof. Kerstin Brueckweh, Prof. Constantin Iordachi, Dr. Hubertus
Jahn (chair), Dr. Oldrich Tuma, Dr. Piotr Wcislik
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Panel II – Post-1989 Transformation in Central Europe
Confirmed: Dr. Michal Horacek, Dr. Balint Magyar, Ms. Chelsea Michta, Mr. Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Dr.
Brigita Schmognerova, Dr. Harald Wydra (chair)
16:00 Closing Keynote Speech
Confirmed: Dr. Jana Howlett
16:30 – 18:00 Reception
Reception Venue: Round Church, Bridge Street, CB2 1UB Cambridge


Dr Kerstin Brückweh
Dr Kerstin Brückweh
Dr Kerstin Brückweh directs a research group titled The Longue Durée of 1989: Regime Change and Everyday Life in East Germany ...
Oldřich Tůma
Oldřich Tůma
Oldřich Tůma (1950) is a Senior research fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, ...
Brigita Schmognerová
Brigita Schmognerová
Born in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, she earned her PhD degree from the School of Economics in Bratislava. Further ...
Samuel Abrahám
Samuel Abrahám
Associate Professor Samuel Abrahám, PhD. BISLA President Born and grew up in Bratislava and emigrated from Czechoslovakia to ...
Constantin Iordachi
Constantin Iordachi
Prof. Dr. habil. Constantin Iordachi is Professor at the Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, ...
Bálint Magyar
Bálint Magyar
Dr. Magyar – having obtained his University Doctoral degree in Political Economy and MA in History and Sociology at the Eötvös ...
Janusz Onyszkiewicz
Janusz Onyszkiewicz
Janusz was born in 1937 and has M. Sc and PhD in pure mathematics. He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Leeds ...
Michal Horáček
Michal Horáček
Having entered Charles University’s Faculty of Journalism in 1970, he was expelled in 1974 following an intervention by ...
Piotr Wciślik
Piotr Wciślik
Piotr is an intellectual historian and digital humanist. He received his PhD summa cum laude from the Central European ...


  • Including lunch and reception
  • Including lunch and reception


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We would like to thank Dr. Jana Howlett and Prof. Tim Wilkinson for their support.

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