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Call for papers: « Communism and Communist parties. Policies, Actions, Debates », 3rd International Conference Socialism on the Bench, Croatia, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, September 28-30 2017

Vous trouverez ci-dessous l’appel à communications pour la 3ème International Conference Socialism on the Bench qui aura lieu à la Juraj Dobrila University of Pula (Croatie) du 28 au 30 septembre 2017.

CALL FOR PAPERS : Communism and Communist parties. Policies, Actions, Debates

3rd International Conference Socialism on the Bench

Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
September 28-30, 2017

Deadline: April 1, 2017


While the themes of the last conference reflected the anniversaries of 1945 and 1990, with the beginning and end of state socialism, the third Socialism on the Bench conference will again be echoing historical events. With the theme Communists and Communist Parties: Policies, Actions, Debates, we want to encourage research into communist activity in a broader geographical area than the one covered by socialist Yugoslavia, and during a period lasting longer than the existence of that country. Primarily moved by the centenary of the October Revolution, we are open to all presentations that will consider realized and unrealized communist policies, successful and failed actions, fertile and sterile debates. In other words, all the stratified currents within the communist circles who have fought for power, or gained it, kept it and lost it, all the weight of the relationships between communists and towards anti-communist forces, all the successes and failures of communist activities in the fields of internal and foreign politics, social and economic relations, education, science, culture and art. Being aware of the fact that the last two conferences gathered scholars who are mainly working on Yugoslav themes, and that this interest will continue in the future, we emphasize another important commemorative motive: the 80th anniversary of Josip Broz Tito’s rise to the head of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia and the beginning of its federalisation with the establishment of the Communist Parties of Croatia and Slovenia. The League of Communists of Yugoslavia, the width of its impact and the amount of various available sources, are urgently demanding new researches and interpretations. We expect that the conference subjects will include: leading and anonymous party members, former communists, as well as those defined as their internal and external enemies; the events that communists initiated, the processes they managed, the occurrences they could not control; the theories and ideals they promoted, as well as the practices which confirmed the chosen line or forced them to divert from it. A look at the chronology would reveal even more major and minor anniversaries which also can be a theme of the conference, but 1917 and 1937 are strong enough catalysts for this conference call, and can help us to prepare the terrain for an exciting three days discussion in September 2017. Until then, participants will have almost a year time for research and for thinking through their submissions, which we are very much looking forward to receive.

Organizer : Juraj Dobrila University of Pula / Centre for Cultural and
Historical Research of Socialism

Organizacijski odbor/Organization Committee: Igor Duda, Lada Duraković, Boris Koroman, Andrea Matošević, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Igor Stanić.

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