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Conference Program


New Subjectivities, New Emotions, New Politics: Oppositional Politics and Counter-Cultures Across the Iron Curtain
12/13 June 2015 European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

Co-Organized by Joachim C. Häberlen (University of Warwick), Mark Keck-Szajbel (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder), Kate Mahoney (University of Warwick)

Conference Program

Friday, 12 June 2015

10:30 – 12:00 Introduction
Joachim Häberlen (University of Warwick)
Mark Keck-Szajbel (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)


13:30 – 14:30 Panel 1: Performing Subjectivity
Commentator: Sara Blaylock (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Jake Smith (University of Chicago): Temporal Dissonance: Music, Performance and Oppositional Subjectivity in the Long 1970s
Danilo Mariscalco (Università degli Studi di Palermo): The Italian Movement of 1977 and the Cultural Praxis of the Youthful Proletariat: The Case of the Metropolitan Indians

15:00 – 16:30 Panel 2: Authentic Subjectivities
Commentator: Kate Mahoney (University of Warwick)
Jeff Hayton (Wichita State University): Punk Subjectivities: Authenticity, Difference and Generations across the Iron Curtain
Angelo Ventrone (Università di Macerata): Revolution as a Quest for an Authentic Life: The Sixties and Seventies in Italy.
Deanna Wooley (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne): From Normalization to Normality: Managing Authentic Subjectivities in Late Communist Czechoslovakia

17:00 – 19:00 Panel 3: Subjectivity and Gender Politics
Commentator: Joachim Häberlen (University of Warwick)
Jane Freeland (Carleton University): East German Women Activists against Gender Violence: Creating Subjectivities and Negotiating Citizenship
Antoine Idier (Université de Picardie): Homosexuality and Politics in the French Post-68 Radical Left
Zosfia Lorand (European University Institute, Florence): New Feminist Identity and Politics through Conceptual Transfers and Activist Inspiration in Yugoslavia in the 1970s/80s
Kate Mahoney (University of Warwick): The Political, Emotional and Therapeutic: Personal Histories of Consciousness-Raising in the English Women’s Liberation Movement


Saturday, 13 June 2015

9:00 – 11:00 Panel 4: Emotional Politics
Commentator: Andrew Tompkins (Humboldt University, Berlin)
Dolores Augustine (St. John’s University): East and West German “Eco-Freaks” and Green Christians of the 1970s/80s: Emotions, Communities, Practices and Relationship to Power
Maria Bühner (University of Leipzig): The Rise of a New Consciousness: Lesbian Activism in Berlin in the 1980s
Peter Mitchell (University of Edinburgh): ‘R5, We Love You!’ Subcultures, Spaces and Emotions in Late Socialism
Baris Yorumez (University of British Columbia): Normalization and Its Discontents: Powerlessness and Resentment in Post-1968 Czechoslovakia

11:30 – 13:30 Panel 5: Emotions, Politics, Consumption
Commentator: Mark Keck-Szajbel (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)
Manuela Marin (Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca): The Securitate and Youth Counter-Cultures in Socialist Romania
Benjamin Möckel (University of Cologne): Pop Music and Political Activism in the 1980s: “Live Aid” and the Origins of Humanitarian Pop Music
Marko Zubak (Central European University, Budapest): Saturday Night Fever on the Other Side: Yugoslav Socialist Disco Culture, 1977-1982


14:30 – 15:30 Concluding Discussion