(POST) SOCIALIST SPACES: An international and interdisciplinary workshop




September 3 – 5, 2015

University of Toronto


Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Munk School of Global Affairs

1 Devonshire Place | Room 108N

Toronto, ON   M5S 3K7

Sponsored by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto.





9:30 Thomas Lahusen, Schamma Schahadat: Introduction.


10.00 – 11:00 Serguei Oushakine (Princeton University):

Re-Placing the Past: On Postcolonial Histories of Socialism.


11:00 – 11:20 Coffee break


11:20 – 12:20 Gesine Drews-Sylla (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen):

Moscow, Pyongyang, Dakar – (Semantic) Migrations of Socialist Aesthetics.


Lunch break


2.00 – 3:00 Roman Abramov (Moscow Higher School of Economics):

“Soviet Spaces” in a Post-Soviet World in Contemporary Russia.


3:00 – 3:20 Coffee break


3:20 – 4:20 Serhy Yekelchyk (University of Victoria):

The Ideological Park: How the Tsar’s Garden in Kyiv Became a Modern Political Space.




9:30 – 10:30 Schamma Schahadat (Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen):

(Re)Inventing (East) Central Europe: Literary Expeditions into a Lost Space.


10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break.


10.50 – 11:50 Susanne Frank (Humboldt University Berlin):

Ukrainian language poetry and Russian language poetry in contemporary Ukraine and the legacy of Multinational Soviet literature.


Lunch break


1:30  – 2:30  Mark Laszlo-Herbert (University of Toronto):

The Limits of Central Planning: Rudimentary Town Centres in the Planned Cities of Stalinstadt and Sztálinváros


Coffee break: 2:30 – 2:50


2:50 – 3:50 Ivaylo Ditchev (Kliment Ohridski University Sofia):

Neighborhood socialism: A memoir from Sofia of the 1960s.


4:00 – 5:00 Daniela Koleva (Kliment Ohridski University Sofia):

(Re)mapping national space:  The 100 tourist sites of Bulgaria and their metamorphoses.




9:30 – 10:30  Davor Beganovič (Zurich University):

Space under Siege. Sarajevo During and After the War.


10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break


10:50 – 11:50 José Prieto (Seton Hall University):

Self-Portrait With American Car: The Voyage of the American Cars From a Symbol of America’s Proximity to a Symbol of Contemporary Cuba.


Lunch break


1.30 – 2:30  Gulzat Egemberdieva & Thomas Lahusen (University of Toronto):

From Kirghizia to Kyrgyzstan: Stories about Place.


2:30 – 2:50: Coffee break


2.50  – 3:50 Andre Schmid (University of Toronto):

The Gendered Anxieties of Dormitory and Apartment Living in North Korea, 1953-65.


4:00  – 5:00 Tong Lam (University of Toronto):

Hauntscapes: The Politics and Aesthetics of (Post)Socialist Ruins and Slums


Final discussion


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