Workshop series on Eastern European history starting September 30

The European Union Studies Center are pleased to announce the Fall 2022 lineup of the Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Kruzhok! Join us on select Fridays at 12:30 pm via Zoom to workshop pre-circulated papers.


We invite researchers working on the history, politics, societies, cultures, economies, and/or environments of Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia to participate in this workshop. Not only are scholars from New York-based institutions welcome, but so are scholars from anywhere in the world. This includes independent scholars.


Several years ago, there was a Balkan/Eastern European history Kruzhok in New York City, organized by CUNY Faculty and housed at Columbia’s Harriman Center. At different points, we had a good group of scholars and graduate students from Columbia, CUNY, New York University, and Rutgers. In order to rebuild interest in Eastern and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia and provide a forum for researchers to present their work for discussion, the time is ripe to restart the Kruzhok.


We have an exciting lineup of papers from fall, representing scholars using different political, cultural, social, and economic approaches:


SCHEDULE – RSVP for all sessions via Zoom


Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m.

Gabriel Lataianu, Queensborough Community College, and Dr. Eugen Bruno Ștefan, Bureau for Social Research in Bucharest

Refugees from Ukraine and the perception of war in Romania


This presentation will discuss the results of the national survey “Refugees from Ukraine and the perception of war” conducted this year in Romania. The study is focused on refugees in general with a special focus on the refugees from Ukraine and, also, on the Romanians’ attitudes toward the war in Ukraine. The research offers an image of Romanians’ dispositions and feelings towards a very large wave of war refugees, the largest one since World War II in Romania. Whenever the case the presentation will have a comparative outlook, contrasting the data on Ukrainian refugees to the results of a BCS survey carried out in October 2021. Last year research focused on the refugees from Afghanistan and, also, on the economic immigrants from South Asia in Romania. Last, but not least the presentation will examine Romanians’ attitudes toward Russia’s aggression on Ukraine, the threats and challenges of a war in close proximity, the role of NATO in the country’s security etc.


Oct. 7, 12:30 p.m.

Leslie Waters, University of Texas at El Paso

Nationalization and Globalization in Competition: The 1992 Olympics and the New Europe


The 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, were uniquely positioned to symbolically redefine the European continent. In the lead up to the games, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, wars of Yugoslav succession, Czechoslovak “velvet divorce,” German unification, and signing of the Treaty on European Union meant that the familiar post-World War II geopolitical order was over. Post-socialist states, especially those that had recently declared their independence, tried to use the Barcelona Games as an opportunity to make their case to be included in a new Europe. Meanwhile, the nascent European Union promoted a supranational version of Europeanness and the host city emphasized a “Europe of Regions” rather than one of nation states. This presentation examines competing conceptualizations of Europe in the 1990s through the lens of the Barcelona Olympic Games.


Oct. 28, 12:30 p.m.

Samuel D. Albert, Fashion Institute of Technology and Fordham University

The Hungarian National Fine Arts Commission and Exhibitionary Politics: 1920-1940


Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m.

Irina Marin, Utrecht University

Vicious and Virtuous Circles in the Rural Economy of East European Borderlands at the End of the 19th, Beginning of the 20th Century


For most of the sessions, we will pre-circulate unpublished papers so that we can read them in advance and have a fruitful discussion with the authors. We hope this will help expand the horizons of our knowledge beyond our specializations and help authors develop their ideas.


If you are interested in presenting an unpublished work-in-progress at a future point, please write to Please include a bio, a short summary of your project, and a working title of your paper.




Mark Lewis (History Dept., College of Staten Island and CUNY Graduate Center)

Merrill Sovner (European Union Studies Center, The Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, CUNY Graduate Center)

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