Upcoming Events At This Venue
September 22, 2017
David Coates holds the Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University. Born in the United Kingdom and educated at the universities of York and Oxford, he came to Wake Forest University in 1999, having previously held personal chairs at the universities of Leeds (in contemporary political economy) and Manchester (in labor studies). He has written extensively on UK labor politics, contemporary political economy and U.S. public policy.
This event is part of the fall Friday lecture series presented by the Center for European Studies.
September 25, 2017
Banu Turnaoğlu will discuss her new book, The Formation of Turkish Republicanism. Turkish republicanism is commonly thought to have originated with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the founding of modern Turkey in 1923, and understood exclusively in terms of Kemalist ideals, characterized by the principles of secularism, nationalism, statism and populism. Turnaoğlu challenges this view, showing how Turkish republicanism represents the outcome of centuries of intellectual dispute in Turkey over Islamic and liberal conceptions of republicanism, culminating in the victory of Kemalism in the republic’s formative period. This event is part of the “Turkey Today” Fall 2017 series. For more information, please contact the Center for European Studies.
This event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Carolina Seminar on Transnational and Modern Global History, Duke Middle East Studies Center, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Erasmus +/European Union, Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the U.S. Department of Education.
October 17, 2017
Michele Rivkin-Fish, ‘Fight Abortion, Not Women: Russian Reproductive Politics and the Search for a Liberal Biopolitics’
An increasingly vibrant Russian movement has developed over the last two decades to delegitimize, restrict and criminalize abortion, even as rates of pregnancy termination decreased 5.5 times from 1989 to 2015. Contraceptive use is replacing abortion for routine fertility control, but conservatives decry abortion as a sin, and cast family planning services as a threat to national security. Political efforts to increase births have become a central tactic for nationalist revival and state legitimacy.
Michele Rivkin-Fish will trace the ways supporters of family planning services and legal abortion have shifted their strategies over time to gain and retain legitimacy for their cause. Drawing on a range of sources, from medical publications to social media campaigns, the presentation addresses the creative, if sometimes contradictory, ways advocates have combined liberal political ideals regarding individual autonomy with claims regarding relational forms of obligation and the value of care. It also explores how Russian claims for women’s reproductive interests both respond to the specific dilemmas of Soviet history and offer intriguing insights for global feminist activists.
Rivkin-Fish is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
October 23, 2017
Thinking about studying abroad? Interested in spending a semester in Scotland? Come to this information session to learn more about study abroad opportunities at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. A representative from the University of Glasgow and a Study Abroad Advisor will lead the session.
October 26, 2017
Sarah Lemmen, ‘In Exile: Political Emigration from Eastern Europe During the Last Decades of the Cold War’
Contrary to the prevalent rhetoric of the Cold War, the 1970s and 1980s were a time of intensive exchange across the “Iron Curtain”. Particularly in the context of the international human rights movement, a Western public grew more interested in the activities and plight of East European opposition groups. East European political exiles in Western Europe and North America played a significant role as intermediaries between East and West. They also provided opposition groups across the Iron Curtain with information, financial aid and other essential material. They maintained close contact to Western institutions and media. Drawing upon their intimate knowledge of the local languages and the political situation, they contoured Western media coverage and opinion-making related to Eastern Europe. This presentation will focus on three loci of Eastern European emigration (New York City, London and Vienna), exploring the exiles’ networks as well as the influence that they had on both the opposition groups in the East and the Western public. Particular attention will be paid to intellectual debates and to the everyday practices of exile communities, thus going beyond stories of a handful of well-known émigrés.
Sarah Lemmen is a cultural historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Eastern Europe.
November 15, 2017
Michal Kopeček, ‘The Politics of History in East Central Europe After 1989: From Liberal Consensus to Memory Wars’
The politics of history has been one of the constitutive elements of the new democracies in east central Europe after 1989. ‘Coming to terms with the communist past’ was especially important as a means of securing the legitimacy of new democratic regimes. The communist past increasingly became a field of political struggle with distinct variants of politics of memory being used as expedient political tools. The most visible of these was the anti-communist memory politics symbolized by newly created, powerful Institutes for National Remembrance, which strove to repair and recreate the ‘memory of the nation’ and provide impetus to anti-communist patriotic education. The lecture will outline this development based on Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak examples and show how it relates to the recent rise of national populism in the region.
Michal Kopeček is the director of the Department of Late- and Post-Socialism at the Institute of Contemporary History in Prague and co-director of Imre Kertész Kolleg, Friedrich Schiller University in Jena.