Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Tom Junes

Fellow Tom Junes

November 2014 - October 2015
Mail junes.tom(at)gmail(dot)com

Tom Junes holds a Ph.D. in History and has taught Polish history at the Catholic University of Leuven. As a postdoctoral researcher he has held previous fellowships in Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, Helsinki and Postdam. He is also part of an international team of researchers working on civic action and protest in Bulgaria, Turkey, and Ukraine.



Research project at the Kolleg

The project at the Imre Kertész Kolleg deals with Polish and Slovak student politics under communism from a comparative angle with an additional focus on a double case study of Kraków and Bratislava in the period 1956-1989. The research will outline the similarities as well as the differences in the higher education milieu and the regime-sponsored youth and student organisations. Subsequently, it will look for parallels as well as linkages in the political activity of students during the events of 1956, 1968 and 1989. The analysis will focus on the ideas, actions, and forms of organisation that existed in the Kraków and Bratislava student milieux and their evolution over time. Accordingly, the research will gauge the generational differentiation among the successive cohorts of students in order to identify political student generations in both countries and examine their shared characteristics.

Main areas of research

  • Eastern European history
  • African history
  • Cold War history
  • History of student movements

Positions and Memberships

  • Affiliated researcher, Human and Social Studies Foundation, Sofia
  • Member, Advisory Board of the 'Studies in Political Transitions', Peter Lang; series editor: Klaus Bachmann
  • Member, Polish Studies Association (PSA)


Szanowni Towarzysze! Stosunki PZPR z Bratnimi Partiami w Europie, 1948-1990 [Greetings, Comrades! The Polish United Workers' Party and the Fraternal Parties in Europe, 1948-1990]. Warszawa: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (In preparation).

Pokolenia PRLu. Ruch Studencki w Polsce, 1944-1989 [Generations of Communist Poland: The Polish Student Movement, 1944-1989]. Warszawa: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (forthcoming, 2015).

Student Politics in Communist Poland: Generations of Consent and Dissent. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015.


'Facing the Music: How the Foundations of Socialism Were Rocked in Communist Poland', in Youth and Rock in the Soviet Bloc: Youth Cultures, Music and the State in Russia and Eastern Europe, edited by William Jay Risch, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014, pp. 357-401.

'Студентите извеждат протестите в България на следващото ниво: Как възникващото студентско протестно движение може да разбие патовата ситуация в политиката [Students Take Bulgaria's Protests to the Next Level. How the Emerging Student Protest Movement Can Break the Political Stalemate]', in По стъпките на Другия. Сборник в чест на Майя Грекова [Following the Steps of the Other: A Collection in Honor of Maya Grekova], edited by Milena Iakimova, Petya Kabakchieva, Marina Liakova and Veronica Dimitrova, Sofia: Prosveta, 2014, pp. 299-310.

'Полското поколение на '89: между бунта, присмеха и края на историята [Poland's Generation of '89: Between Rebellion, Ridicule, and the End of History]', Социологически проблеми/Sociological problems 1-2 (2014): 326-48.

'The Demise of Communism in Poland: A Staged Evolution or Failed Revolution?', in The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe: From Communism to Post- Communism, edited by Kevin McDermott and Matthew Stibbe, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013, pp. 95-112.

"Oppositional Student Politics in Poland and South Africa: Youth Rebellion as a Factor in the Demise of Communism and Apartheid". Studia Historyczne 55, no. 3-4 (2012): 389-406.

Co-authored with Adrian Guelke. '"Copycat Tactics" in Processes of Regime Change: The Demise of Communism in Poland and Apartheid in South Africa', Критика и Хуманизъм/Critique & Humanism 40 (2012): 171-92.

'Confronting the "New Class" in Communist Poland: Leftist Critique, Student Activism and the Origins of the 1968 Student Protest Movement', Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory 36, no. 2 (2008): 257-72.