The first years of post-communism: Transitions and legacies

November 26 Friday


November 26, 2010, 10.30 - 16.00




Prof. Dragos Paul Aligica, George Mason University, USA; Prof. Tom Gallagher, University of Bradford, UK; Prof. Lazar Vlasceanu, Univ. Bucharest; Dr. Pal Germuska, Institute of the Hungarian Revolution, Hungary



The symposium aims at discussing the changes in the first years after 1989 and to analyze the evolution of several east-european countries and their different transitional path.

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Program of the International Symposium

The First Years of Post-Communism: Transitions and Legacies 26 November 2010

The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, Bucharest, Romania

10.30-10.50 Welcome addresses by Mr. Ioan Stanomir, executive president of the IICCMER, Mr. Holger Dix, resident representative of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Romania & Moldova, Mr. Bogdan Cristian Iacob, secretary of IICCMER’s Scientific Council

10.50-12.20 Panel 1: Politics, Minorities and Intellectual Development

Prof. Tom Gallagher (University of Bradford), “Burying Hope and Licensing Discord: Necessary Goals for the FSN’s Path to Power”

Dr. Oana-Valentina Suciu (University of Bucharest), “Brief History of the Ethnic Minorities in Post-1989 Romania” Prof. Lazăr Vlăsceanu (University of Bucharest), “RO Universities of the 1990s: Withering Away Some Legacies and Instituting New Ones” Questions & Answers

12.20-13.20 Lunch

13.20-14.50 Panel 2: Central and East European Transitions

Prof. Martin Ivanov (Senior Research Associate in Economic History – the History Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Science), “Bulgaria's Multi-Start Transition, 1989-1997”

Dr. Pal Germuska (The Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution), “Building a Market Society in Hungary: Decline and Crises-Handling in Two Former Socialist Cities, Ózd and Tatabánya” Dragoş Paul Aligică (George Mason University), Vlad Tarko (The Analysis and Institutional Development Centre Eleutheria - CADI), “Economic Performance, Social Safety and Individual Happiness. A Comparative Approach to Communist and Post-Communist Romania” Questions & Answers

14.50-15.10 Coffee break

15.10-16.10 Concluding remarks by Prof. Bogdan Murgescu, director of the Centre for Administrative, Cultural and Economic Studies (University of Bucharest): “Point Zero of Democratic Freedom. Agency and Structural Constraints in East-Central Europe in the Early 1990s”

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