27 February – 1 March 2014 Final Conference of the Project Physical Violence and State Legitimacy in Late Socialism


The historical research network on violence after Stalinism is funded by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. The project is hosted by the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (ZZF) in cooperation with the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies in Regensburg and the European University Institute in Florence.

Workshop “Biopower and Physical Violence: Embodied Experiences in Communist Europe”

Potsdam, 24 January 2014
Workshop organised by the Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam (ZZF)
Funded by the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft
Concept: Muriel Blaive, Thomas Lindenberger

Project publication "Physical Violence and State Legitimacy in Late Socialism"

Jan C. Behrends has published an article on violence and the state in the 20th century in Neue Politische Literatur, 58/1 (2013).
See his contribution "Jan C. Behrends, Gewalt und Staatlichkeit im 20. Jahrhundert. Einige Tendenzen zeithistorischer Forschung, Neue politische Literatur 58/1 (2013): 39-59.” here.

Project publication: Contributions from Robert Lučić on zeitgeschichte-online.de


Two essays from Robert Lučić have been released on zeitgeschichte-online.de.

His first essay, the photo essay „Schönheit der Form im Sozialismus - Bilder einer Ausstellung jugoslawischen Produktdesigns, Belgrad 2013“, was inspired by an exhibition in Belgrade this year. See his contribution here.

June 2013: Workshop at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest

Public Lecture
Prof. Dr. Alfred J. Rieber
(Central European University, Budapest)
“Murder and Mayhem in the Post-Stalinist Soviet Union: A Thaw?”
Date:       Friday, 21 June 2013, 17.00

Violence Summer Fellows at the ZZF


ZZF, photographer: Joachim Liebe

During summer the post-docs and visiting-fellows of the physical violence project took the opportunity to spend a few months at the ZZF to work in libraries and archives in and around Potsdam and Berlin.

Participation in the Annual ASEEES Convention 2012 in New Orleans (15-18 November 2012)

The Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) is one of the leading organizations in the field of the former Soviet Union (including Eurasia) and Eastern and Central Europe from an interdisciplinary and international point of view.
After a successful year with meetings in Prague, Regensburg, Belgrade, and Kraków the physical violence project took part in ASEEES Convention 2012 with four panels.


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