Time & Venue: Monday, 8 June 2015, 5.30pm – University St Andrews, School 2, St Salvator’s Quad.
Philipp Ther is professor in Eastern and East Central European history at the University of Vienna. His main research focuses on the history of Poland, the Czech lands, and Ukraine.
He has a particular interest in comparative and transnational history of the region, mainly on the 19th and 20th century. Professor Ther has published widely on the region on border lands, ethnic cleansing or the role of the opera in central Europe.
His key note, based on his recent “Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent” (Suhrkamp Verlag) revolves around the transformation of East Central and Central Europe from the 1980s into the present days. It draws a number of connections and comparisons between Poland, former Czechoslovakia, GDR, Hungary and beyond – for instance on the “co-transformation” of unified Germany, or the lack of similar processes in southern Europe – and the transfers of neoliberal thought from the “West” to central Europe before, during and after the crucial years around 1989.