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September 2017

  • Friday, September 15th Munk Annual Lecture in European Affairs: Europe between Brexit, Trump and Putin

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    Friday, September 15, 20176:00PM - 8:00PMIsabel Bader Theatre
    Victoria University
    93 Charles Street West
    Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C7
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    Series

    Munk School Distinguished Lecture Series

    Description

    Timothy Garton Ash is the author of nine books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last thirty years. He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and he writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

    His books are: ‘Und willst Du nicht mein Bruder sein ...’ Die DDR heute (1981), a book published in West Germany about what was then still East Germany; The Polish Revolution: Solidarity (1983), which won the Somerset Maugham Award; The Uses of Adversity: Essays on the Fate of Central Europe (1989), for which he was awarded the Prix Européen de l’Essai; We the People: The Revolution of ’89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague (1990; US Edition: The Magic Lantern), which was translated into fifteen languages; In Europe’s Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993), named Political Book of the Year in Germany; The File: A Personal History (1997), which has so far appeared in sixteen languages; History of the Present: Essays, Sketches and Despatches from Europe in the 1990s (2000); Free World (2004); and Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name (2009). He is currently writing a book about free speech in the age of the internet and mass migration, and leads a major Oxford university research project built around the 13-language website freespeechdebate.com.

    After reading Modern History at Oxford, his research into the German resistance to Hitler took him to Berlin, where he lived, in both the western and eastern halves of the divided city, for several years. From there, he started to travel widely behind the iron curtain. Throughout the nineteen eighties, he reported and analysed the emancipation of Central Europe from communism in contributions to the New York Review of Books, the Independent, the Times and the Spectator. He was Foreign Editor of the Spectator, editorial writer on Central European affairs for the London Times, and a columnist on foreign affairs in the Independent.

    In 1986–87 he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Since 1990, he has been a Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he directed the European Studies Centre from 2001 to 2006 and is now Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow. Since 2010, he has directed the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom, based at St Antony’s. He became a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in 2000. A frequent lecturer, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and a Corresponding Fellow of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. He has honorary doctorates from St Andrew’s University, Sheffield Hallam University and the Catholic University of Leuven.

    He continues to travel extensively, and remains a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and other journals. His weekly column in the Guardian is syndicated in leading newspapers across Europe, Asia and the Americas. He also contributes to the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

    Honours he has received for his writing include the David Watt Memorial Prize, Commentator of the Year in the ‘What the Papers Say’ annual awards for 1989, the Premio Napoli, the Imre Nagy Memorial Plaque, the Hoffmann von Fallersleben Prize for political writing, the Order of Merit from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, and the British CMG. In 2005, he featured in a list of 100 top global public intellectuals chosen by the journals Prospect and Foreign Policy, and in Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2006, he was awarded the George Orwell Prize for political writing.


    Speakers

    Prof. Timothy Garton Ash
    University of Oxford


    Sponsors

    Munk School of Global Affairs

    Joint Initiative for German and European Studies

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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  • Monday, September 18th Hungarian Forced Laborers in the Soviet Union, 1945-1955

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    Monday, September 18, 201712:00PM - 2:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    Hungarian Studies Program

    Description

    Description:
    By the end of World War II about 600,000 Hungarian citizens were captured by the Soviet army. One third of the prisoners were civilian internees who were deported from Hungary to the Soviet Union in 1945. The Soviets did not make a distinction between civilians and soldiers and the war was seen as useful for the purpose of supplying a labor force, as well as expanding the communist system in the occupied territories. The presentation will give a detailed picture on the process of the deportation of the civilians and on their fate in Soviet forced labor camps. The presentation also tries to uncover the motives and plans of the Soviet military leadership directing the deportation of hundreds of thousands of civilians from East-Central Europe during the last months of the war.

    Speaker:
    Tamás Stark received his PhD from the Eötvös Lóránd University of Budapest in 1993. From 1983 he was a researcher at the Institute of History, Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and in 2000 he was appointed a senior research fellow. His specialization is forced population movement in East-Central Europe in the period 1938-56, with special regard to the history of the Holocaust, fate of prisoners of war and civilian internees, and the post war migrations. He was involved in numerous international research projects. In 1995/96 he was Pearl Resnick Post-Doctoral fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In 2014 he was Fulbright professor at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. USA. His main publications include Hungary’s Human Losses in World War II (Uppsala, 1995) Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust and after the Second World War, 1939-1949: A Statistical Review (Boulder, CO 2000) Magyarok szovjet fogságban /Hungarians in Soviet Captivity/ (Budapest, 2006) A magyar polgári lakosság elhurcolása a Szovjetunióba a korabeli dokumentumok tükrében. /Deportation of Hungarian civilians to the Soviet Union. Documentary Collection./ (Budapest, 2017).


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October 2017

  • Friday, October 6th The Place of the Baltic in the French Atlantic Empire

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    Friday, October 6, 20173:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Seminaire conjoint d'histoire de la France / Joint French History Seminar

    Description

    This talk explores ways in which the Baltic region enabled the rise and consolidation of the French colonial empire in the Americas. The Baltic, a supplier of masts, tar, hemp, iron, planks, and other naval stores, has long been viewed as central to early modern European expansion overseas. Nevertheless, its particular association with French empire building remains little studied. Drawing on data from the Danish Sound Toll Registers and French consular records, the talk delineates how French colonization began as an attempt to secure commercial independence from the Baltic, only to produce the opposite effect of binding the French colonial enterprise and the Baltic ever closer together.

    Pernille Røge is Assistant Professor of French and French Colonial History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her scholarly interests focus on interconnections between eighteenth-century political economic theory and colonial policy and practice. Her publications on the French, British, and Danish colonial empires have appeared in edited volumes and peer reviewed journals, including Dix-huitième Siècle, Slavery and Abolition, Atlantic Studies, and History of European Ideas. She is co-editor of a collection of essays entitled The Political Economy of Empire in the Early Modern World (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Her book manuscript Reinventing the Empire: Political Economy, France, and the African and Caribbean Colonies, c. 1750-1800 is currently under review with Cambridge University Press.


    Speakers

    Pernille Roege
    University of Pittsburgh


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World (CEFMF)

    Sponsors

    Glendon College, York University

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


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November 2017

  • Wednesday, November 8th "To keep alive the emigrants' affection for the home country": State-driven diaspora politics in early 20th century Southeastern Europe

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    Wednesday, November 8, 20172:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

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    At the end of the 19th century, large parts of Southeastern Europe began to see massive emigration to North America and other overseas destinations. At a time of intense nation building, governments in the region could hardly ignore the fact that so many of their citizens were leaving. On the contrary, some of them discovered the usefulness of emigration for fostering nation-building. In my talk I will discuss the emerging politics of diaspora, focussing on three caste studies (Kingdom of Hungary, Greece, and interwar Yugoslavia). These efforts to project symbolic sovereignty across the Atlantic can elucidate new visions of the nation and its relation to territory, and heralded new forms of governmentality.

    Speaker:
    Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer is director of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and chair of Southeast and East European History at the University of Regensburg.


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  • Thursday, November 16th Making the Skyscraper Soviet: A Global History of Red Moscow

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    Thursday, November 16, 20174:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    Russian History Speakers Series

    Description

    In the early 1930s, Soviet architects and engineers began work on a series of large-scale urban development projects in Moscow. Brought together in 1935 under the banner of the Moscow General Plan, these projects included the Moscow-Volga Canal, the Moscow Metro, and a building that, had it been completed, would have stood as the tallest state headquarters in the world: the Palace of Soviets. This talk explores the global networks and ideas that shaped the Palace of Soviets construction effort and were key more broadly to Moscow’s “socialist reconstruction” during the Stalin era.

    Dr. Katherine Zubovich is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Ryerson University. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA from the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto.


    Speakers

    Dr. Katherine Zubovich
    Ryerson University



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