New release: Contributions from Robert Lučić on


Two essays from Robert Lučić have been released on

His first essay, the photo essay „Schönheit der Form im Sozialismus - Bilder einer Ausstellung jugoslawischen Produktdesigns, Belgrad 2013“, was inspired by an exhibition in Belgrade this year. See his contribution here.

June 2013: Workshop at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest

Public Lecture
Prof. Dr. Alfred J. Rieber
(Central European University, Budapest)
“Murder and Mayhem in the Post-Stalinist Soviet Union: A Thaw?”
Date:       Friday, 21 June 2013, 17.00

Violence Summer Fellows at the ZZF


ZZF, photographer: Joachim Liebe

During summer the post-docs and visiting-fellows of the physical violence project took the opportunity to spend a few months at the ZZF to work in libraries and archives in and around Potsdam and Berlin.

2 Visiting Fellowships „Physical Violence in State Socialism“ were awarded


The Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, ZZF) is pleased to invite applications for two Visiting Fellowships during the academic year 2013‐2014 to work within research group “Physical Violence and State Legitimacy in Late Socialism”. Both fellowships cover a period of two months. They will provide an opportunity to pursue individual research as well as to participate in the scholarly community at the ZZF and in the Berlin metropolitan area.

Participation in the Annual ASEEES Convention 2012 in New Orleans (15-18 November 2012)

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) is one of the leading organizations in the field of the former Soviet Union (including Eurasia) and Eastern and Central Europe from an interdisciplinary and international point of view.
After a successful year with meetings in Prague, Regensburg, Belgrade, and Kraków the physical violence project took part in ASEEES Convention 2012 with four panels.

October 2012: Author´s Workshop at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow

Public Lecture
Prof. Dr. Mark Kramer
(Harvard University, Cambridge)
“Violence and Non-Violence in Eastern Europe and the USSR, 1988-1991.”
Date:       Thursday 11 October 2012, 6.30 pm
Venue:    Collegium Novum, Jagiellonian University of Krakow, ul. Gołębia 24, room 56

Conference Report: First Annual Conference - Physical Violence in Late Socialism: (Dis‐)Entangling Statehood, Labour, and the Nation


First Annual Conference of the International Joint Research Project “Physical Violence and State Legitimacy in Late Socialism”

19-21 April 2012, Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, in cooperation with the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (ZZF)

Authors: Ondřej Cinkajzl, Esther Wahlen, Jakub Jareš and Jan Kolář


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