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Expertise in authoritarian societies. Human sciences in the socialist countries of East-Central Europe
Expertise shapes modern forms of governance. Yet, we know significantly more about the postwar Western expertise than we know about the other side of the Iron Curtain. ExpertTurn will put expertise center stage and analyze socialist countries.

Upcoming events

28. 5. 2024 - 30. 5. 2024
Sofia, Bulgaria

Transformations of Postwar Europe: Medicine, Bodies and Technologies

Natalia Jarska and José L.A. López Barajas will present a paper: Socialist Bowlby. “Maternal deprivation and childcare institutions in socialist Poland and East Germany from a comparative and transnational perspective”. Vjačeslav Glazov will present a paper “The problem of youth criminality between psychiatry and criminology in socialist Czechoslovakia“.

11. 6. 2024 - 13. 6. 2024
Uppsala, Sweden

Feminist Labour History Network at the 5th conference of the ELHN

Natalia Jarska and Annina Gagyiova will present at the Feminist Labour History Network at the 5th conference of the ELHN in a panel on “Expert discourses and struggles around the regulation of women’s labour”.

16. 7. 2024 - 19. 7. 2024
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Society for the Social History of Medicine Biennial conference

Kateřina Lišková, Annina Gagyiova and José L.A. López Barajas will present at the Biennial Conference of the Society for the Social History of Medicine a panel “How to bring up a normal kid. Human science expertise on healthy child development in socialist East Central Europe”.

Newest outcomes

8. 2. 2024
Regensburg, Germany

Colloquium at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS)

Kateřina Lišková, Natalia Jarska, Annina Gagyiova, José L.A. López, Vjačeslav Glazov and Theo Finsterschott presented at Colloquium at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS).

25. 1. 2024 - 26. 1. 2024
Utrecht, Netherlands

New Directions in Cultural History

Kateřina Lišková presented a paper "Population and reproduction: research vistas from Europe's peripheries," co-authored with Agata Ignaciuk, at the workshop New Directions in Cultural History organized by Utrecht University. 

11. 12. 2023
Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Women as Sexual Beings under Communism

Kateřina Lišková gave a lecture "Women as sexual beings under communism" at the Russian and East European Studies department of University of Pennsylvania​.