Call for interest
University of Glasgow, 18-19 September 2015
Papers and panels are invited for a two-day conference on the theme of ‘Communist Nostalgia’. 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: 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 is the place of nostalgia in Communist/Marxist theory and culture?
This conference will be sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory and Movements, the PSA Communism Specialist Group, and the journal Twentieth Century Communism. Participants will be invited to submit their papers for a special issue of the journal.