Workshop/CfP - A New Man for the Socialist Society, 30 August–2 September 2017, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula

Publish Date: Mar 21, 2017

Deadline: May 15, 2017

Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History &
Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism

A New Man for the Socialist Society

Pula, August 30 – September 2, 2017

Third year in a row we are organising a three-day summer workshop for PhD students. In 2015 the topic was The History of Everyday Life in Socialist Yugoslavia, while in 2016 the title was Yugoslav Socialism: Similarities and Exceptionalities. Last two workshops were held in Pula and at Brijuni Islands with colleagues, both professors and PhD students, from Belgrade, Berlin, Florence, Giessen, Hamburg, Koper, Munich, Potsdam, Regensburg, Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb and Pula. This year the topic is related to the research project Making of the Socialist Man. Several researchers will deliver lectures based on their work within the project. We are interested to hear in what ways PhD students perceive the making and ideological directing of Yugoslav and other socialist societies in the second half of the 20th century.

The focus of our research project highlights the endeavours of Yugoslav authorities in making of a new socialist citizen after the World War II, especially in Croatia as one of the republics forming the Yugoslav Federation. The socialist citizen was firstly placed in a strongly Soviet-oriented society, but the situation very soon shifted towards a specific kind of Yugoslav self-management and market socialism. The academic profile of researchers included in the project guaranteed that the new socialist citizen would be closely analysed in a variety of his or her appearances: as a member of the pioneer and youth organisations, a shock-worker, a self-managed worker, as engaged in amateur sport activities, as a teacher, a journalist, a consumer, as a creator and a recipient of culture, from the theoretical ideals of high politics to the successful or problematic practices. A wide selection of written, visual and oral sources has been interpreted with a complex multidisciplinary methodology that includes political, economic, social and cultural history, social and cultural anthropology, cultural studies, musicology and linguistics. At the workshop we would like to hear in what ways PhD students perceive the making and ideological directing of Yugoslav and other socialist societies in the second half of the 20th century. The filled application form needs to be sent to by May 15, 2017. The form includes the abstract (max. 200 words) and a short biographical note (max. 200 words). By July 15 the elected applicants are expected to send a paper (max. 1,800 words), based on their dissertation or another research, to the same address. The workshop languages for both application form and the paper are Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Slovene, Macedonian or English.

Based on the paper, each presentation at the workshop should last up to 15 minutes. It will be followed by discussion. The researchers at the project Making of the Socialist Man, colleagues from CKPIS, will take part in discussion and deliver lectures based on their research within the project (Igor Duda, Lada Duraković, Andrea Matošević, Boris Koroman, Anita Buhin, Igor Stanić). Participants are expected to arrive to Pula by the evening of Wednesday, August 30. Presentations and lectures are planned on following days at the Faculty of Humanities (Ivan Matetić Ronjgov Street 1). The programme ends by noon on Saturday. As organisers, we are able to cover the cost of the first dinner (Wednesday) and two lunches (Thursday, Friday), as well as the accommodation (three nights) for around ten participants at the new student dorm in Preradović Street, in the close neighbourhood of the Faculty. The participants are expected to organise the travel to Pula and cover its cost, hopefully with the support of their universities or other sources.

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Igor Duda, Associate Prof.
  • Anita Buhin, PhD student
  • Igor Stanić, PhD student

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