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Central and East European Studies Centre


The CEES Centre regularly hosts (guest) lectures, roundtables, and film screenings.


  • 24 April 2024: Austria/CEES Centre lunch time talk: ‘Catching Kairos? Imagining Alternative Futures in Eastern German Literature’ by Dorine Schellens
  • 10 April 2024: Austria/CEES Centre lunch time talk: ‘German beyond its native speakers: pluricentric, multilingual, and globalized perspectives’ by Naomi Truan
  • 21 February 2024: Austria/CEES Centre lunch time talk: ‘Reindustrialization and its discontents: lessons from the Visegrad countries’ by Vera Scepanovic
  • 25 May 2023: ‘Populism, Punditry and Political Science: A Conversation with Cas Mudde’ hosted by Sarah de Lange and Petr Kopecký
  • 24 May 2023: CEES/ReCNTR Screening: ‘Morality is Good’
  • 16 May 2022: ‘EU Integration Strategy: The Way Forward in 2022’ with Luka Steric (Belgrade Center for Security Policy), Dimitris Dalakoglou (Free University of Amsterdam), Thijs Reuten (Dutch Labour Party), Tony van der Togt (Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Clingendael Institute), Arlinda Rrustemi, Petr Kopecký and Antoaneta Dimitrova
  • 4 March 2022: ‘Putin’s War on Ukraine: Implications and Consequences’ with Karen Smith, Antoaneta Dimitrova, Karolina Pomorska, Kevin Köhler and Maxine David
  • 24 January 2022, ‘Women's political representation in Central and Eastern Europe’ with Anna Gwiazda (King’s College London), Laura Dean (Millikin University, USA), Gabriella Ilonszki (Corvinus University, Budapest), Adrienn Vajda (Corvinus University, Budapest) and Anja Vojvodić (CUNY LaGuardia Community College, USA)
  • 19 March 2020: ‘Democratic Backsliding and State Politicisation: Evidence from 30 Years of Political Appointments in Hungary’ by Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling (University of Nottingham) and Fanni Toth (University of Loughborough)
  • 5 February 2020: ‘Political Economy of EU Structural funds: Institutional Quality, Oversight, and Corruption Controls’ by Mihaly Fazekas (Central European University)
  • 26 November 2019: ‘Political Parties and Referendums in Eastern Europe: The Effect of Cues and Pre-Campaign Attitudes’ by Sergiu Gherghina (Glasgow University)
  • 10 October 2019: CEES.cinema documentary screening ‘Breaking News: Spending the Same Day in Two Different Newsrooms’
  • 10 May 2019: ‘Narrating the EU Refugee/Migration “Crisis”: The Case of Hungary and Slovakia’ by Beatrix Futák-Campbell (Leiden University) and Katarina Jakubčeková (Slovakian Embassy in The Hague)
  • 17 May 2019: ‘Listening for Silence: Absence and Lack in Political Thinking’ by Michael Freeden (University of London)
  • 11 March 2019: ‘The End of Social Democracy: Historical Reflections on Ralf Dahrendorf’s Thesis’ by Oliver Rathkolb (University of Vienna)
  • 1 March 2019: ‘Lineages of Baltic Neoliberalisation: Reflections on Class, Revolution and Capital Accumulation’ by Jokubas Salyga (University of Nottingham)
  • 12 October 2018: ‘Does Europe still transform? Insights from the case of Macedonia’ by Simonida Kacarska (European Policy Institute, Skopje)
  • 27 September 2018: ‘What were the Napoleonic Wars really about?’ by Adam Zamoyski
  • 15 June 2018: CEES.cinema Suprise Screening
  • 9 May 2018: ‘Pinochet in Prague: Latin American Neoliberalism and (Post-)Socialist Eastern Europe’ by Tobias Rupprecht (University of Exeter)
  • 13 April 2018: ‘Visualizing the Nation’ by Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT)
  • 13 December 2017: Round Table ‘Challenges to Liberal Democracy: Slovakia and the Czech Republic’, with Darina Malová, Tomas Cirhan, and Petr Kopecký
  • 8 December 2017: CEES.cinema ‘Oleg’s Choice’
  • 24 November 2017: ‘Are Minorities Free Riders? Testing Social Resistance Framework in Central-Eastern Europe’ by Natalia Letki (Institute of Sociology)
  • 23 June 2017: ‘Chains of Value, Chains of Power: Russian Energy, Value Chains and the Remaking of Social Relations from Vladivostok to Brussels’ by Margarita Balmaceda (Harvard University)
  • 10 March 2017: ‘Opposites Attract? Rethinking Nationhood and Empire in Habsburg Central Europe, 1804-1930’ by Pieter Judson (European University Institute, Florence)
  • 3 February 2017: Roundtable ‘Is Illiberalism Gaining Ground in Central Europe? Politics in Hungary and Poland’, with András Bozóki, Aleks Szczerbiak, Antoaneta Dimitrova, and Honorata Mazepus
  • 25 November 2016: ‘Illiberalism in Central and Eastern Europe: Headlines of Nationalism, Sub-text of Class’ by Danijela Dolenec (University of Zagreb)
  • 28 October 2016: ‘The Eurasian Economic Union: Institutions, Challenges, and Prospects’ by Rilka Dragneva (Birmingham Law School)
  • 24 June 2016: ‘Russians Love… Fair Authorities Too. Legitimation Strategies and Citizen Conceptions of Legitimacy across Political Regimes’ by Honorata Mazepus (Leiden University)
  • 4 April 2016: Panel on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, with Antoaneta Dimitrova, Hans Oversloot, Kristof Jacobs, Petr Kopeck, and Tom Louwerse
  • 26 February 2016: ‘Central European Places of Memory: A Typological Classification and Its Pitfalls’ by Christoph Leitgeb (Austrian Academy of Science)
  • 11 February 2016: ‘Patronage, Personalism and Institutionalisation in Russia’ by Jos Elkink (University College Dublin)
  • 22 January 2016: MAXCAP conference on EU enlargement, with Simon Mordue, Bernard Steunenberg, Tanja Börzel, Heather Grabbe, Zoltan Krasznai, and Antoaneta Dimitrova
  • 27 November 2015: ‘Corporate State Capture in Open Societies: The Emergence of Corporate Brokerage Parties’ by Abby Innes (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • 30 October 2015: ‘Executive and Gender Politics in South-Eastern Europe’ by Ekaterina Rashkova (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • 25 September 2015: ‘Brotherhood or Fratricide? Russian Foreign Policy and Ukraine’, Opening Lecture CEES Centre by Luke March (University of Edinburgh)
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