1989 is an important year in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. Since the collapse of state socialism this year has become a marker for a break in historical continuity and a starting point for a whole range of research on processes and developments labeled as 'post-socialist', in 'transition' or 'transformation'.

The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) is a multidisciplinary research centre focusing on the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. The CBEES Annual Conference “Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe: A new generation on the move” will take place between the 4 and 5th December 2014, in Södertörn University, Sweden. The point of departure for this multidisciplinary conference, is the different processes—economic, social, cultural, political and  ecological—that have been taking place, in these regions, since the collapse of state socialism.  In particular, it seeks to focus on the present, by looking closer at the past and forward to the future.

A striking feature, 25 years after 1989, is the persistent diversity of political systems, cultural norms and social values right across the region. For instance, alongside the adoption of EU norms and standards, nationalist, chauvinist and xenophobic sentiments continue to flourish. Civil society itself has become a major social, with different constituencies mobilizing and operating in different ways and toward different ends. Environmental challenges, such as the protection of ecosystems in the Baltic Sea, have become ever more complicated and continue to resist solution.

The overall theme of the conference is to draw attention to contemporary processes and challenges, and to the role of the new generations that have emerged in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea regions, 25 years after the systemic change. We seek to shift the emphasis from 'post-socialist' development or 'transition' to a concern with shared experiences and memories of socialism among the new generations. 

What changes are to be observed in the social, economic, political, cultural and environmental processes of today's 'post-socialist' societies?

Can we still speak about socialist legacies, and in what way?

Is there a generational change underway and what role does the emerging new generation have for the processes studied?

Keynote speakers soon to be announced, in the conference's official webpage .

The organizers welcome proposals for:

  • Single papers.
  • Panels consisting of 3-4 panelists and one chair (maximum time for individual papers: 20 min).
  • Roundtables of 4 to 5 participants (5 minute opening statements from each participant followed by a discussion with the audience).

Prearranged panels are given priority in the planning of the program and receive earlier notification of acceptance. Individual papers will, upon acceptance, be arranged into suitable panels by the organizers.

We welcome contributions from scholars of different disciplinary backgrounds on the following topics:

  • Kinship;
  • Cultural expressions and freedoms of speech;
  • Environmental sustainability and survival;
  • Geopolitics, international security and political identities;
  • Democracy and political development;
  • Demographic changes;
  • Collective action and social movements;
  • Feminism and women’s rights;
  • Nature/Culture interfaces;
  • Minorities, migration and the Roma;
  • Imagining regional futures through prognostication, planning and branding.

Each proposal should include:

  • For single papers: a maximum 250-words abstract;
  • For panels and roundtables: a one-page presentation of the theme, with names of participants and chair, and a brief presentation of each participant's contribution;
  • Suggested thematic session;
  • Contact details.

Deadline for submissions:

All papers and panel proposals should be electronically submitted by April 20, 2014 to CBEESannual2014@sh.se

The Conference secretary can be reached through the same address.

There will be a possibility for early career researchers with accepted papers to receive a travel contribution. If you require this, please indicate it in your application and include a letter of motivation.

For more information, visit www.sh.se/ CBEESannual2014.