CfP: A New Man for the Socialist Society

A New Man for the Socialist Society

Doctoral workshop

Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History
& Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism, Pula
August 30 – September 2, 2017

Deadline : 15 May 2017

Third year in a row we are organising a three-day summer workshop for PhD
students. In 2015 the topic was The History of Everyday Life in Socialist
Yugoslavia, while in 2016 the title was Yugoslav Socialism: Similarities and
Exceptionalities. Both workshops were organised in cooperation of two
Making of the Socialist Man. Croatian Society and the Ideology of Yugoslav
Socialism, led by Dr. Igor Duda at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
(supported by HRZZ) and Changing Representations of Socialist Yugoslavia, led
by Professor Dr. Hannes Grandits at the Humboldt University of Berlin
(supported by DAAD).

The latter project ended successfully last year, while the former will come to
its end in June this year ( php?id=socialistman).
two workshops were held in Pula and at Brijuni Islands with colleagues, both
professors and PhD students, from Belgrade, Berlin, Florence, Giessen,
Koper, Munich, Potsdam, Regensburg, Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb and Pula.

As in last two years, our objective is to gather PhD students with interest in
Yugoslavia and other socialist countries, enable exchange of knowledge and
participation in lively discussions, as well as motivating conversation among
historians and experts in other fields of humanities. The interest in this
topic is growing and there are more and more young researchers, so we want to
enhance networking and exchange among them.

The focus of our research project highlights the endeavours of Yugoslav
authorities in making of a new socialist citizen after the World War II,
especially in Croatia as one of the republics forming the Yugoslav Federation.
The socialist citizen was firstly placed in a strongly Soviet-oriented
but the situation very soon shifted towards a specific kind of Yugoslav
self-management and market socialism. The academic profile of researchers
included in the project guaranteed that the new socialist citizen would be
closely analysed in a variety of his or her appearances: as a member of the
pioneer and youth organisations, a shock-worker, a self-managed worker, as
engaged in amateur sport activities, as a teacher, a journalist, a consumer,
a creator and a recipient of culture, from the theoretical ideals of high
politics to the successful or problematic practices. A wide selection of
written, visual and oral sources has been interpreted with a complex
multidisciplinary methodology that includes political, economic, social and
cultural history, social and cultural anthropology, cultural studies,
musicology and linguistics.

At the workshop we would like to hear in what ways PhD students perceive the
making and ideological directing of Yugoslav and other socialist societies in
the second half of the 20th century.

The filled application form needs to be sent to by May
15, 2017. The form includes the abstract (max. 200 words) and a short
biographical note (max. 200 words). By July 15 the elected applicants are
expected to send a paper (max. 1,800 words), based on their dissertation or
another research, to the same address. The workshop languages for both
application form and the paper are Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin,
Slovene, Macedonian or English.

Based on the paper, each presentation at the workshop should last up to 15
minutes. It will be followed by discussion. The researchers at the project
Making of the Socialist Man, colleagues from CKPIS, will take part in
discussion and deliver lectures based on their research within the project
(Igor Duda, Lada Duraković, Andrea Matošević, Boris Koroman, Anita Buhin,
Igor Stanić).

Participants are expected to arrive to Pula by the evening of Wednesday,
August 30.
Presentations and lectures are planned on following days at the Faculty of
Humanities (Ivan Matetić Ronjgov Street 1). The programme ends by noon on

As organisers, we are able to cover the cost of the first dinner (Wednesday)
and two
lunches (Thursday, Friday), as well as the accommodation (three nights) for
around ten participants at the new student dorm in Preradović Street, in the
close neighbourhood of the Faculty. The participants are expected to organise
the travel to Pula and cover its cost, hopefully with the support of their
universities or other sources.

The application form and all information are available at the workshop’s
website ( php?id=dradionica2017).
A certificate will be issued to PhD students confirming their participation and the value of 2 ECTS
credits. We are looking forward to your applications!

Organizing Committee
Dr. Igor Duda, Associate Prof.
Anita Buhin, PhD student
Igor Stanić, PhD student

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