East Central Europe Research Forum

The interdisciplinary forum for experts on East Central Europe in Birmingham

Sessions 2019/20

20 January 2020 –Nóra Veszprémi (Art History) – ‘Picturing History in a Fractured Space: Visual Culture and the Past in Post-Trianon Hungary (1920-1939)’

3 February 2020 – Dominika Cholewińska-Vater (Manchester) – ‘Polish Jews in Wartime Ethnic Democracy.’

16 March 2020 – Mircea Scrob (LANS) – ‘Modernisation during Communism: Food, Eating and Sleeping in the Romanian Countryside (1960s-70s).’ (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19)

23 March 2020 – Tim Haughton (PolSIS) – ‘A Land for Ordinary People and Independent Personalities: The 2020 Parliamentary Elections in Slovakia.’ (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19)

(all seminars take place in G13 (Arts Building), 14:00–16:00)


The East Central Europe Research Forum (ECERF) is an interdisciplinary research seminar series that allows scholars from across the University of Birmingham to exchange ideas and work in progress. Sessions are open to all staff. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your own research.


Dr Klaus Richter

Dr Julian Pänke

Past sessions

Academic year 2018/19

1 May 2019 – Jakub Beneš (History) – ‘An anatomy of “green” peasant violence in east central Europe, 1917-1921’

19 March 2019 – Timothy Haughton (PolSIS) – ‘The New Party Challenge: Party Politics in Central and Eastern Europe post-1989’

5 March 2019 – Julian Pänke (PolSIS) – ‘Ideas of Europe and Legacies of Imperial Rule in the Visegrád Countries’

5 February 2019 – Jasmin Nithammer (History) – ‘The Fight Against Traffic in Women and Children in Interwar Poland.’

22 January 2019 – Klaus Richter (History) – ‘Freedom and Fragmentation. An International History of Poland and the Baltic States, 1915-1934.’

11 December 2018 – Marta Filipová (Art History) – ‘Art and the Proletariat: Class in Czechoslovak Interwar Art History.’

8 December 2018 – Joint Nottingham/Birmingham Workshop – ‘1918 and its Legacy: Central and Eastern Europe in the Shadow of Empire and War.’

27 November 2018 – Vendula Hnídková (Art History) – ‘Moscow 1937. Architecture and Propaganda from a Western Perspective.’

29 October 2018 – Martin Veselý (Ústí nad Labem) – ‘The Reichsgau Sudetenland 1939-45: an air raid shelter of the Third Reich?’ 

Academic year 2017/18

22 May 2018 – Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (Law) – ‘The EU and its Eastern Neighbourhood. The limits of transformative power.’

6 February 2018 – Elisabeth Berger (Salzburg) – ‘Values and social practice: The Austro-Hungarian Army as “Schule des Volkes”.’

1 November 2017 – Joint Birmingham/Nottingham Central and Eastern Europe Workshop

Academic year 2016/17

6 March 2017 – Cosmin Minea (Art History) – “Transnational Nation-Building: Foreign and Local Actors Creating the Romanian Architectural Heritage”

9 February 2017 – Ilya Afanasyev (History) – “Did the Bohemian Jagiellonians Exist?”

12 January 2017 – Matthew Rampley (Art History) – “Julius Schlosser: The Problem of Singularity in Art and History”

8 December 2016 – Klaus Richter (History): “‘Social charters for the nation state.’ Agrarian reform in interwar Poland and the Baltics.”

17 November 2016 – Julian Pänke (PolSIS): “The EU and Legacies of Imperial Rule”

Academic year 2015/16

16 May 2016 – Marta Filipova (History): “Peasants and Art. Attitudes to folk culture in Bohemia before WWI”

21 March 2016 – Katalin Straner (History): “The Origins of Hungarian Darwinism: Translation, Reception, and Public Space, 1858-1875”

29 February 2016 – Markian Prokopovych (Art History): “Mapping Migration in Vienna and Budapest in the Late Nineteenth and the Early Twentieth Century”

1 February 2016 – Nóra Veszprémi (Art History): “Disciplinary Spaces. Curating Art History at the Hungarian National Museum in the Nineteenth Century”

7 December 2016 – Maren Rohe (Modern Languages): “The role of history in the contemporary image of Germany in Poland and Russia”

9 November 2016 – Deema Kaneff (PolSIS): “The business of religion. Moral authority and local conflicts in rural Ukraine”

Academic year 2014/15

7 May 2015 – Matthew Rampley (Art History): “From Potemkin Village to the Estrangement of Vision. Baroque in Austria before and after 1918.”

12 March 2015 – Klaus Richter (History): “State viability and the emergence of a national order after the First World War”

11 February 2015 – Sara Jones (PolSIS): “Towards a collaborative memory? Interactions between the national and the transnational in memories of European dictatorships”


Klaus Richter
University of Birmingham
School of History and Cultures
B15 2TT