'Communist Nostalgia', 11-13 September 2015, University of Glasgow
2015 will be the 70th anniversary of the apogee of Communist influence in Europe and the 30th anniversary of, arguably, the beginning of the end of the Eastern Bloc. This conference aims to build upon the burgeoning work on post-Communist nostalgia, while extending its scope geographically and temporally. A wide range of questions can be addressed, including: who expresses Communist nostalgia, where, and in what form? How has nostalgia for Communism manifested itself in non-Communist countries, as well as in those still nominally Communist (China, Vietnam, Cuba…)? How was nostalgia expressed during the period of Communist rule? What art forms, genres and objects could be related to Communist nostalgia? What is the place of nostalgia in Communist /Marxist theory and culture?
Brian Pollitt, specialist on Cuba and son of Harry Pollitt, historic general secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain
Agata Pyzik, author of Poor but Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West
Stephen White, James Bryce Professor of Politics at the University of Glasgow and author of amongst other studies, Bolshevik Poster; Understanding Russian Politics; Communism and Its Collapse
The conference is sponsored by the University of Glasgow, the Socialist Theory and Movements Research Network, the Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies (CRCEES), the PSA Communism Study Group, and the journal Twentieth Century Communism. Participants will be invited to submit their papers for a special issue of the journal.
Gavin Bowd; Bridget Fowler; Vassiliki Kolocotroni; Stephen White