Category Archives: Syllabus

Dec. 1, 2011: Case Study: Frankfurt(Oder)/Slubice

In our penultimate class we will take a look at the case study of the border cities of Frankfurt(Oder), Germany and Slubice, Poland, and their relationship to the European Union. Readings: Asher, Andrew (2005) A Paradise on the Oder? Ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Nov. 29, 2011– The European Union and Eastern Europe

In our final week of class, we will examine the social and political processes surrounding the expansion of the European Union into Eastern Europe. Readings: József Böröcz and Mahua Sarkar (2005) What is the EU? International Sociology 20(2):153-173. Cris Shore … Continue reading

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Nov. 10, 2011–Citizens after Socialism

This week and next we will examine the meanings of citizenship in Ukraine in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster and the collapse of socialism.  We will especially look at how people managed their statuses in the face of uncertainty,  … Continue reading

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Oct. 25, 2011: Justice and Germany’s Unification

This week we will examine the possibilities for and implications of seeking retributive justice in post-socialist Germany. We’ll also continue our discussion of German unification, as well as how nostalgia and memory were portrayed in Goodbye Lenin! Readings: John Borneman, … Continue reading

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Oct. 18, 2011: Where the World Ended

This week we will continue our discussion of borders and border theory, as well as consumption and the creation of social difference. Readings: Daphne Berdahl, Where the World Ended, CH 4-5.    

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Oct. 13, 2011: The East/West German Border

This week we will be discussing Where the World Ended as a case study on post-socialist borders and German unification. Readings: Daphne Berdahl, Where the World Ended, Introduction, Ch 1-3.  

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October 4, 2011– Frugo!

Next class we will continue our discussion of the privatization of the Alima-Gerber plant as well as the experience of “late capitalism” in Poland. Readings: Elizabeth Dunn, Privatizing Poland, Ch. 4-6. Below are examples of the “Without Borders” Frugo ads … Continue reading

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Sept. 29, 2011: Privatization in Poland

This week we’ll be looking at a case study of how one food processing firm in Poland managed the post-socialist transition. Readings: Elizabeth Dunn, Privatizing Poland .  Ch. 1-3. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported.

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Sept. 27, 2011–“Revolutions”

On Sept. 29th, we’ll be investigating the moments of “revolution” in socialist Europe. The readings this week focus on Poland as an example, and were published as eyewitness accounts of the events as they were taking place. Readings: Read “History … Continue reading

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Sept. 22, 2011–The Captive Mind

We’ll begin this week by discussing the lived experience of communism, as described by Czeslaw Milosz and Slavenka Drakulic.  We’ll then move our discussion to looking at the collapse of Socialism in Eastern Europe in 1989. Readings: Czeslaw Milosz, The … Continue reading

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