Microsoft has discontinued support for Internet Explorer, which means it doesn't use modern web technologies, and some pages won't display correctly.
We recommend using Google Chrome for the best viewing experience.

Online panel & discussion series (March - June 2022)

Event News
Event News Plenary Central Europe Eastern Europe

Online panel & discussion series (March - June 2022)

Addressing the four content tracks of the RSA CEE conference, four online panel & discussion series were held between March and June 2022. Please see below for more information on topics, speakers and recordings, which are available to RSA members on the RSA Lounge.

These online webinars were organised jointly by the scientific committee, local team, and the scientific board of the conference.

Click here to watch the recordings of the sessions below.


March: CEE as a laboratory of alternative economies

Abstract: Alternative Economies: from informal to Solidarity Economies and Reclaiming Commons in CEE

Central and Eastern Europe experienced unprecedented depth and speed of marketisation in the past three decades. Even if different countries or regions established diverse kinds of market-economies, none have pursued political alternatives to neoliberal marketisation politics. Neoliberalism did not go uncontested, but has rather faced protest and everyday domestication through diversity of non-capitalist socio-economic practices. Such often informal practices have played a crucial role in sustaining social reproduction, and some forms of it are seen as sustainable practices, or as pockets of solidarity and sharing-based economies. Yet, most of what we can see as alternative or non-capitalist practices and forms of organization, be it historical experiences of Socialism or continuous reliance on informal, reciprocal and solidarity based exchanges, are predominantly delegitimized and demonized. This panel aims to first understand how past and present experiences of non-capitalist economic organization forms and localized anti-capitalist struggles shape CEE societies. Second, the panel explores how such experiences are or can be politicized, and mobilized into politically and economically transformative projects.



April: The EU and regional policies in CEE

Abstract: European regional policy perspectives between cohesion and polarization

The panel chaired and moderated by Annegret Haase (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig) will deal with current “continental-regional” challenges of European policy perspectives between cohesion and polarization that have a major impact on the stability and future prospects of the EU and Europe’s wealth, democracy and sustainability. Panellists and audience will discuss current developments in light of policy debates and responses; at the same time, present policy challenges will be embedded into a wider context and questions will be identified that arise in particular for regional studies and space-based analysis. The focus will be on Europe as a whole including the EU but also its neighbouring countries and regions.

Three inputs will address different dimensions of regional policy challenges. They will be given by Oleg Golubchikov (University Cardiff, UK) whose focus will be on old and new regional divides within Europe and the EU including the Brexit and their repercussion in policy debates, decision-making and responses, by Thilo Lang (Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany) who will put the focus on the relations and competition between urban centres and peripheries and the question of urban-rural divide as a challenge for regional policy strategies and performance and by Tanja Börzel (FU Berlin, Germany) who will deal with values, norms and visions of Europe and related current challenges for European policies e.g. by the developments in Hungary, Poland but also by debates on societal diversity, racism/xenophobia or migration.



May: Political geographies and rethinking CEE

Roundtable: Political Geographies and Re-Thinking CEE – Historical Experiences and Everyday-Responses in Conflict and Post-Conflict Spaces


Political geographies in CEE are shifting, all the more due to Russia’s current war against Ukraine. What the consequences of the war will be for space-related politics in CEE, which geopolitical alliances and divides will (re-)emerge in the region and how the region’s geopolitical position in the world will be changing, is hard to estimate in view of the dynamic nature of the current developments. Instead of reflecting about current political reasoning about future scenarios, the roundtable zooms in on the experiences in the region in dealing with geopolitical reordering in the context of border-conflicts and wars. Three experts will draw on their current research and present how the international reconstruction after WW II was perceived and co-shaped by local actors, how internationalism was practiced in CEE under the condition of the Soviet Bloc and which every-day practices were established in Ukrainian border regions and conflict zones right before the current war began. These empirically based insights, we believe, will shed light on essential dimensions of the current transformations of the political geographies in the region and the post-conflict challenges ahead: the role of local actors vis-à-vis international relief work, conditions of reactivated internationalism, and the idiosyncratic logics of the people confronted with and exposed to geopolitical decisions. With this perspective we aim to contrast and to enrich the macro-perspectives dominating the debates about the political geographies in CEE.



June: CEE Societies and cultures

Abstract: Bridging and dividing Europe – Central Europe, Brexit, and Covid 19

There have been several major disruptions in the European Union and the whole CEE in the last couple of years, creating fears, new and old divides. Already for 10 years, Core Europe experiences problems in convincing Hungary and Poland in respecting the rules of law and respect democracy. After 3 years of suffering on January 2020 Brexit became a fact, which raised fears within the migrants and families in the UK, as well as in continental Europe for the future of the EU project. A little bit after in early 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic hit the whole world and raised voices of solidarity as well as political and societal disrupts in CEE and elsewhere. Bringing these topics together, this panel aims to elaborate on the chances as well as on the menaces and challenges in front of CEE. Are there new or old paths of solidarity possible? Is there a “third way” for Europe and CEE?

We use cookies to improve your website experience. To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy. By closing this message, you are consenting to our use of cookies.