Seminar of the Imre Kertész Kolleg

The weekly research seminar supports discussion of the fellows´ research projects and other projects in the Kolleg´s main research areas. In addition to fellows and research staff members, the Kolleg regularly invites external guests to participate in these seminars.

On Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Am Planetarium 7, seminar room

22 January 2018

Jochen Böhler: Civil War in Central Europe, 1918-1921

Demokratieverachtung: Autoritäre Dynamiken in der Zwischenkriegszeit und in der Gegenwart

Ein Symposion des Jena Center Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts und des Imre Kertész Kollegs Jena

Date: 25- 27 January 2018
Venue: Rosensäle der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Fürstengraben 27, Jena

Further information and the program can be found in the section Workshops

Call for Papers


Transcending the Nostalgic: Deindustrialised Landscapes across Europe

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In the current political atmosphere of Western society there has been a desire to re-establish industrial and manufacturing entities within their countries (The Economist 2013). In the UK, the outcome of the Brexit referendum showed how successful had been the appeal to ‘take back control’ as way to shelter against global change. The image of the closed-down mine or empty factory was displayed prominently within these discussions. Further representations of deindustrialisation in different media and contents have contributed to constructing and reproducing a discourse whose ideological undertones, far from confining it to the realm of symbolic nostalgia, are having profound and differentiated effects.


Scholarly interest in processes of deindustrialization has, so far, been mainly concerned with specific sites like abandoned mines or former industrialized territories transformed into post-industrial spaces. Furthermore...more

Polish Cinema in Jena 20: Pokot/ The Trail

The Unexplainable and the Fantastic in Polish Cinema
R: Agnieszka Holland PL/GER/CZE/SWE/ SVK 2017 O w German Subtitles)

Duszejko, eine pensionierte Brückenbauingenieurin, lebt zurückgezogen in einem Bergdorf an der polnisch-tschechischen Grenze. Sie ist charismatisch, exzentrisch, eine leidenschaftliche Astrologin und strikte Vegetarierin. Eines Tages sind ihre geliebten Hunde verschwunden.

Wenig später entdeckt sie in einer verschneiten Winternacht ihren toten Nachbarn und bei dessen Leiche eine Hirschfährte. Weitere Männer sterben auf mysteriöse Weise. ...more

Monday, 29 January 2018
Time: 19:30

Kino im Schillerhof, Helmboldstrasse 1 07749 Jena
Tickets: 4,00 /6,00 €


Reenactment Case Studies: Global Perspectives on Experiential History

Co-edited by Vanessa Agnew, Sabine Stach and Juliane Tomann

There is growing consensus that historical reenactment embraces a wide range of forms. Reenactment practices and forms share a concern with authenticity, embodiment, affect, the performative and subjective. It might be argued that reenactment exemplifies a transnational form of popular historical knowledge making, representation and commemoration. Yet, in terms of its historical subject matter, practices, styles, and subcultures, reenactment is often nationally inflected. Many countries demonstrate long traditions of battle restaging, pilgrimages and living histories practices that seek to advance discrete local, regional and state-bound interests.

With a view to producing the most comprehensive and globally comparative account of historical reenactment to date, we invite contributions that focus on contemporary case studies of reenactment from around the world.

First abstracts and a short biography should be submitted by 15 February 2018. The volume will be submitted to Routledge Press early in 2019.

Please find the complete Call for Articles here as a pdf file.

NEW PUBLICATION: Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century, Vol. 7

[Translate to English:] Catastrophe & Utopia

Ferenc Laczó & Joachim von Puttkamer (eds.)

Catastrophe and Utopia
Jewish Intellectuals in Central and Eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s

Munich, De Gruyter/ Oldenbourg
publication date 11/2017
ISBN 978-3-11-055934-7
355 pages
Price: 49,95 €

Catastrophe and Utopia studies the biographical trajectories, intellectual agendas, and major accomplishments of select Jewish intellectuals during the age of Nazism, and the partly simultaneous, partly subsequent period of incipient Stalinization. Please find more information in our section Publications.

NEW PUBLICATION: Stalinism Reloaded. Everyday Life in Stalin-City, Hungary

© Indiana University Press
[Translate to English:] © Indiana University Press

Sándor Horváth

Indiana University Press, Bloomington and Indianapolis, 2017
312 pages
ISBN: 978-0-253-02681-1
Price: $35,00

The Hungarian city of Sztálinváros, or "Stalin-City," was intended to be the paradigmatic urban community of the new communist society in the 1950s. In Stalinism Reloaded, Sándor Horváth explores how Stalin-City and the socialist regime were built and stabilized not only by the state but also by the people who came there with hope for a better future. By focusing on the everyday experiences of citizens, Horváth considers the contradictions in the Stalinist policies and the strategies these bricklayers, bureaucrats, shop girls, and even children put in place in order to cope with and shape the expectations of the state. Stalinism Reloaded reveals how the state influenced marriage patterns, family structure, and gender relations. While the devastating effects of this regime are considered, a convincing case is made that ordinary citizens had significant agency in shaping the political policies that governed them.