31.08.2020 Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

What we remember about the past is as crucial as why we remember and for what we remember. Remembering occurs in specific cultural and political formats through which the past is invoked as a means to various, and often incompatible, ends. At the same time, the multifarious commemorative practices of the past have a presentist dimension, referring to the fact that social and cultural construction of memory narratives is co-constituted by the prerequisites and imminences of the present.

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Rev. by Fernando dos Santos Baldraia Sousa, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Freie Universität Berlin

The current rise of the radical right in several countries worldwide has been characterized by a focus on the issues of difference and diversity. These issues have been shifted from an inclusionary political rhetoric – informed by situated arrangements of what could been loosely called multiculturalism – towards nationalistic-based exclusionary discourses within which the stigmatization of racialized Others plays a central role.

It seems that we have to choose between a liberal democracy, however incomplete and imperfect, and governments whose authoritarian penchant reminds us of fascism, or even worse, Nazism.

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New Global Studies 14:1 is now available.

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By Balint Varga

On an autumn day in 1900, Dénes Nagy, a schoolmaster and cantor of the church in Vilonya, a little village in western Hungary, was approached by an elderly woman. The woman asked him an unusual favor: in change for a little money, Nagy was to pray for the failure of a certain man who ran for an important office at the forthcoming elections.[1]
The unusual element of this request was not the fact that a woman intended to participate in politics, despite being not enfranchised.[2] After all, participation in politics is not restricted to voting ̶ deeds such as a strike, a public demonstration or a donation to a memorial are inherently political and were open to anyone in fin-de-siècle Hungary.

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Conference Reports
13.02.2020 - 14.02.2020 Luminita Gatejel / Guido Hausmann, Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS), Regensburg; Julia Obertreis, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
By Melanie Hussinger, Leibniz-Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung

Der Workshop fand gemeinsam mit der Jahrestagung des Verbandes der OsteuropahistorikerInnen (VOH) statt. Angestoßen von dem in letzter Zeit wachsenden Interesse an wirtschaftshistorischen Fragen und Themen innerhalb der Geschichtswissenschaften, widmete er sich neuen Forschungsperspektiven aus Ost-, Ostmittel-, und Südosteuropa und zielte darauf ab, mit der Verbindung von wirtschaftshistorischen Fragen und Imperialgeschichte einen Überblick über das bunte Feld der Wirtschaftsgeschichte zu geben.

Ausgehend von unterschiedlichen Vorstellungen russischer Kaufleute des 19.

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