Topic outline

  • General

    Prof. Zdzisław Mach
    CEE in Context: Identity, History, CEE in the World
    The aim of this lecture is to debate the roots and outcomes of a specific CEE identity. Recent developments, influenced by systemic transformation, democratisation and Europeanisation are discussed. The process of change is perceived form two different angles – as an adaptation to institutional structures of the European Union, and a system of norms and values. Among the key questions addressed in this lecture are: Does CEE have a common identity? If so, are there any distinguishing features of this identity? Have collective identities in CEE been subject to change through overlapping processes of transformation, eastern enlargement and Europeanisation?

    • Mach Z. (2007). ‘Constructing Identities in a Post-Communist Society: Ethnic, National and European’, in Fahy Bryceson, D., Okely, J., Webber, J. (eds), Identity and Networks. Fashioning Gender and Ethnicity Across Cultures, Berghahn Books: Oxford: 54-72.
    • Sztompka P. (2004). ‘From East Europeans to Europeans: shifting collective identities and symbolic boundaries in the New Europe’, European Review, Vol. 12, No. 4: 481–496.
    • Dixon, J.C. and Fullerton, A.S. (2014). ‘For and against European Union expansion: Examining mixed opinion on enlargement and specific countries’ entries’, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, October 2014 55: 357-378.
    • Blokker P. (2006). ‘The Post-enlargement European Order: Europe ‘United in Diversity’?’, European Diversity and Autonomy Papers – EDAP.