University of Miskolc
Institute of Applied Social Sciences
Academic year 2019/20 Fall Semester
Central Europe: Approaches from Social Theory and Social Psychology
The Aim of the Course
The students will be introduced into the sociological and socal psychological characteristics of the diverse Central European societies with a special emphasise on the structures and contents of collective identities such as national, ethnic, religious identities. Due to the historical vicissitudes of the region majority and minority patterns of identity have been intertwined. Antisemitism furled by resentment on behalf of the majority, anti-Gypsy sentiments and recent syndromes of xenophobia will be discussed in detail. In order to facilitate the learning process lectures recorded by the Institute of Advanced Studies at Kőszeg will be used.
Participation in class mandatory. All students will be required to submit an essay dealing with an issue related to the field of study.
Time and location
Friday, 10-11.30. B/2 115
Where is Central Europe?
Between East and West. The Three Historical Regions of Europe.
Patrick Pasture on imagining European unity since 1000 AD:https://youtu.be/NpVylWONolA
Erhard Busek on the Future of Central Europe: https://youtu.be/h6il4X5Seb8
Ups and downs of the history of Central Europe
Medieval Central Europe. The Age of Empires,The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The cultural breakthrough. The misery of the small Eastern and Central European nations
Stefano Bianchini on Liquid nationalism: https://youtu.be/N4Gz0jbXfQw
Passages to Modernity
Institutions and values of modernity
Gerard Delanty on developmental paths to modernity :https://youtu.be/XSElDwNZVPk
Identity building in the age of fluid identities
Ferenc Miszlivetz on cultural heritage in the age of fluid identities: https://youtu.be/VGgMUkwXwHQ
Politics of memory in countries
Traumas. Competing pasts. Contested persons and places.
Nagy András on politics of memory in Central Europe: https://youtu.be/_Yw7uXoA4nQ
The formation of minorities
Social entropy and resistance to social entropy. Old and new minorities.
Jody Jensen on recent trends of migration: https://youtu.be/UwVXFnWgCzk
Europe’s largest transnational minority - the Roma
The Jewish century in Central Europe
Rudolf Klein on Jewish wit: https://youtu.be/HpIZsEKcG40T
The Future of Central Europe in global context
Lecture of Sean Cleary on Europe in a global vortex: https://youtu.be/ShWti99uXrE
Embourgoisement in Central Europe
A. Wajda’s film: The Promised Land
Bianchini, S.2017. Liquid Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
Csepeli, Gy,- Örkény, A. 2016. Nation and Migration (e-book)
Pók A. 2017. Remembering and Forgetting Communism in Hungary . Kőszeg: iASK
Schoepflin, G. 2015. Europe: An epistemological Crisis. In Jensen, J., Miszlivetz, F. (eds) Reframing Europe’s Future. Challenges and Failures of the European Construction, London: Routledge,
Snyder, T. 2010. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. New York: Basic Books
Szüts, J. Parti,J. 1983. The Three Historical Regions of Europe: An Outline. Acta Historica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. Vol. 29, No. 2/4 (1983), pp. 131-184