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International Symposium | Celebrating 70 Years of the Institute for East European Studies | From Berlin Wall to New Conflict: Eastern European Cleavages and Encounters

Nov 12, 2021 - Nov 13, 2021

The Institute for East European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, led by SCRIPTS Principal Investigator Prof. Katharina Bluhm, is celebrating the seventieth anniversary of its founding in 1951. The international symposium, organized in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde (DGO), is a key event in the celebrations and also serves as a platform for discussing the cultural, political, economic, and social complexities of Eastern Europe over the past thirty years.


Three panels of the symposium deal with the consolidation of authoritarian regimes in Eastern Europe, state capitalism and its role in economic and social development, and civil culture, protests, and dissidence in Eastern European countries.

The full program is linked below and can also be retrieved here.

Attendance and registration

The conference will be held in a hybrid format. Registration is required. Please register with Maria Merk: merkm96@zedat.fu-berlin.de and indicate the preferred format (on site or online).

For offline participation, masking is mandatory and the 3G rule applies.