Agency in Belarusian Society - an "academic breakfast"


Fr. 15.09.2017 | 08:30 Uhr
Dr. Felix Ackermann

The German Historical Institute Warsaw invites you to an academic breakfast. Participants: Olga Sasunkevich, Gothenburg University; Svetlana Poleschuk, European Institute Florence; Elena Gapova, Western Michigan University; Mark Berman, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen; Felix Ackermann, German Historical Institute Warsaw

Can long dominant preconceptions of Belarusian society be overcome through looking at its most recent history? This academic breakfast provides a forum for discussing what Belarusian Studies are today and which new approaches and questions are needed to revitalize the field in the international academic arena. The aim of this discussion is to go beyond the narratives of dictatorship and authoritarianism as well as that of a never-ending story of failed Belarusian nationalism—interpretive schemes that are frequently used for understanding Belarus in scholarly literature in Western Europe and North America. Bringing together perspectives based on original empirical material from Belarusian history, politics, and society, this round-table combines a discussion of the concept of agency with its practical application to trace how individual and collective actors who define themselves as Belarusian—or otherwise —have manifested their agendas in various practices in spite of, and in reaction to, state pressure.

Site of the event: German Historical Institute Warsaw, Pałac Karnickich, Al. Ujazdowskie 39.
Coffee and pastry will be provided.
The event is part of the International Congress of Belarusian Studies.

(Image: Andrei Liankevich, Good Bye Motherland!)

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