The Pleasures of Backwardness: Consumer Desire and Modernity in Eastern Europe: Sessions 1-3

Session 1
9:15 – 11:00 am

“Conceptualizing Consumption in the PRL”
BRIAN PORTER-SZŰCS
Professor of History, University of Michigan

“The Making of the Non-Capitalist Consumer: Waste, Work and Well-Being in Socialist Lithuania and Hungary”
DIANA MINCYTE
Social Science, City University of New York-NYC College of Technology
ZSUSZA GILLE
Sociology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Culture Club: Media Messaging and Consumer Desire in the Workers’ States”
PATRICK PATTERSON
History, University of California-San Diego

Coffee break

Book Project Report
11:30 pm – 12:00 pm

“From Stalinism to Coca-Cola: A Collaborative Source Collection”
MARK KECK-SZAJBEL
European University-Viadrina

Break for lunch

Session 2
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

“The Price of Friendship: Consumption and Internationalism in the Eastern Bloc in the 1950s and 1960s”
RACHEL APPLEBAUM
Center for the Humanities at Tufts

“Demonstrating Polish Modernity in the USSR—Pol’skie mody ’58 Fashion Show in 1958”
MILA OIVA
Cultural History, University of Turku

“Consumer Assurance in Times of Crisis: The Provision of Coffee and Tropical Fruits during the Honecker Era and its Implications for the GDR’s Foreign Trade Relations”
ANNE DIETRICH
Center for Area Studies, University of Leipzig

Coffee break

Session 3
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

“A City without a Leisure District: Class, Gender and European Entertainment in Belgrade between the Two Wars”
JOVANA BABOVIĆ
History, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

“Capitalistic Consumer Cultures in Socialist Nowa Huta”
DAGMARA JAJEŚNIAK-QUAST
Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies, European University-Viadrina

Evening Colloquium 
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dwinelle 370

“The Paradox of Progress: The Politics of Expectations and Outcomes in the Modern World”
ANDREW JANOS
Political Science, University of California-Berkeley

Response: JOHN CONNELLY

 

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Date/Time: 
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 9:15am
Location: 
370 Dwinelle Hall