Conference Programme (Draft)

  1. Labor and reforms, from agents to opponents
  • Jan A. Burek (European University Institute, Florence), “All power to the natives! The attempts of a political and economic reform in a Polish industrial town following the Thaw of 1956”
  • Goran Musić (Central European University, Budapest), “The Conservative ‘Grand Coalition’: The Industrial Workers and Communist Elites as an Anti-Reformist force in late State Socialism”

Chair: TBA

  1. Looking for a ‘third way’, debates of the 1980s
  • Lars Fredrik Stöcker (University of Vienna), “Saving Socialism through Marketization: Visions of Hybrid Economic Models between Plan and the Market in the Estonian SSR, 1987–1991”
  • Anna Calori (University of Exeter), “Reforming Yugoslav socialism: privatisation, productivity and workers’ ownership in the debates of Yugoslav economists (1988-1991)”
  • Piotr Perkowski (University of Gdansk), “’In productivity, management and frugality, we will overtake even Japan’: A Solidarity’s attempts to make socialism great again, 1980–81”

Chair: TBA

  1. Reforming industries, theory and practise 
  • Philip Scranton (Rutgers University, New Brunswicku), “Reforming Technology, Reforming Design: Restructuring Enterprise Practice in Mao’s China”
  • Todor Hristov (University of Sofia), “The Dry Cleaning of a Socialist Economy: The Bulgarian Debate on the Concept of Service Industry in the Context of the 1967 Economic Reforms”
  • Kateryna Burkush (European University Institute, Florence), “The Entrepreneurial Logic of Late Socialism: Private Initiatives and Labour Relations in the Soviet Timber Industry”

Chair: TBA

  1. Theoretical encounters between East and West 
  • Una Blagojević (Central European University, Budapest), “Self-Management as Intellectual Exchange: The Korčula Summer School, August 1967.”
  • Pietro Fincati, (University of Graz), “Two attempts to overcome Marxist determinism: the socialism of Carlo Rosselli and Svetozar Stojanović”

Chair: TBA

  1. The patterns of reforms in comparative perspective 
  • Andrej Milivojević (University of California, Berkeley), “Hollowing-Out the Center? The Short- and Long-Term Consequences of Crushing 1968 in Croatia and Serbia“
  • Andrzej Jan Kutylowski (University of Oslo), “Poland’s economic development and misdevelopment under the socialistic rule and thereafter, with “what if” comparative considerations”

Chair: TBA

  1. Profit and welfare, new ambitions of the 1960s
  • Yakov Feygin (Harvard University, Cambridge), “Reforming the Cold War State: The Kosygin Reforms as a Nexus Between Reform and the Cold War”
  • Jakub Rákosní (Charles University, Prague), “The Czechoslovak Prague Spring of 1968: The Boom in Social Expertise and its Impact on the Further Development of the Welfare State”
  • Agne Rimkute (Central European University, Budapest), “Khozraschyot, Profit and Labour: Kosygin reforms in the Lithuania Soviet Socialist Republic (1965-1972)”

Chair: TBA

  1. Reforms, foreign trade, and the global economy 
  • Balint Tolmar (University of Exeter), Fueling Reform Socialism: Visions of Energy Security and Foreign Trade Relations in Hungary during the “long 1960s”
  • Adrian Grama (University of Regensburg), “Reading the Global Economy in Socialist Romania (1967-1989)”
  • Ivan Obadić (University of Zagreb), “The 1965 Economic Reform: Yugoslav Opening to the West”

Chair: TBA

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