Central European Dictionary of Political Concepts Conference – 3rd Edition

Does Central Europe have its own, specific language? This will be discussed during the 3rd annual Central European Dictionary of Political Concepts Conference, held on April 26-27, 2014 in Prague, the Czech Republic and on July 12-13th, […]

Does Central Europe have its own, specific language? This will be discussed during the 3rd annual Central European Dictionary of Political Concepts Conference, held on April 26-27, 2014 in Prague, the Czech Republic and on July 12-13th, 2014 in Wisla, Poland.

The Central European Dictionary of Political Concepts is a new approach to mapping political discourse in Central Europe. Gathering the work of scholars, writers and journalists, the dictionary works in two directions: providing analysis of terms that are universal for modern politics and examining these concepts through the unique context provided by Central Europe.

(CC BY 2.0) Horia Varlan
(CC BY 2.0) Horia Varlan

In short, it is not our intention to offer a complete dictionary, but rather to provide readers with a companion of short essays illustrating the political language of CE and its reference to universalized concepts. The authors of entries take into consideration local histories, but they never lose sight of parallels between particular regional experiences and the universal dimensions of modern politics.

You can learn more about the 1st and 2nd editions of the conferences.

In 2014 there are seven sections. We begin with a cluster of concepts, attempting to clarify how specific regional terms translate into global public discourse.

At this early stage, our attention is focused on the four Visegrad countries, with necessary context provided by neighboring regions and countries. This call is an invitation to all those who think they are able to contribute to the topics specified below. The aim of the conference is to have a peer review of texts that will later be published in a book – the Dictionary. We want to evaluate and describe main themes of the public debate and political narratives in Central Europe.


Conference chairs and book editors

Wojciech Przybylski – editor-in-chief of Res Publica Nowa and Visegrad Insight, initiator and organizer of the project, research focus: history of ideas, history of political thought

Marcin Moskalewicz – editor of Res Publica Nowa, PhD in history, research area history and philosophy of science


Conference program

1st session: April 26-27, 2014 in Prague, the Czech Republic


Friday, April 25th 

venue: CEFRES

18:00   registration

18:30-19:00  opening remarks by dr Philippe Rusin (Le Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales, CEFRES) and “The Idea
of the Central European Dictionary of Political Concepts” by dr Marcin Moskalewicz (Res Publica Nowa)

19:30  dinner


Saturday, April 26th 

venue: CEFRES

9:00 – 11:00 Participatory Democracy

chair: dr Uwe Serdult, Centre for Research on Direct Democracy, University od Zurich

Oksana Forostyna, Krytyka Journal

dr Lászlo Komaromi, Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Lukasz Medeksza, The Society of Polish Urbanists

Marta Sienkiewicz, Res Publica Nowa

11:30 – 13:30 Politics of Health in Central Europe

chair: prof. Josef Kuře, Masaryk University

dr Enikő Demény, Central European University

dr Andrea Klimková, Šafárik University in Košice

dr Agnieszka Żok, Poznan University of Medical Sciences

15:00 – 17:00 Internet and Politics

chair: Milan Zubíček, Aspen Institute Prague

dr Dominika Kasprowicz, Pedagogical Institute in Cracow

Marta Poślad, University of Cambridge

Maria Staszkiewicz, Aspen Institute Prague

Jakub Gradziuk*, Res Publica Nowa

17:30 – 19:30 Politics of Arts Languages in Central Europe

chair: dr Magdalena MoskalewiczThe Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Juraj Carný, The Slovak Centre of Visual Arts – Dom umenia / Kunsthalle Bratislava

Tímea Junghaus, The European Roma Cultural Foundation

Jan Zálešák, Faculty of Fine Arts, Technical University of Brno


Sunday,  April 27th

venue: CEFRES

10:00 – 12:00 closing discussion


2nd session: July 11-13th in Wisła, Poland

Friday, July 11th

venue: the Residence of President of Poland Castle in Wisla

18:00   registration

18:30-19:00  opening remarks by Wojciech Przybylski (Res Publica Nowa) and dr Marcin Moskalewicz (Res Publica Nowa)

19:00               dinner


Saturday, July 12th

9:00 – 11:00                       Lustration

chair: dr Spasimir Domaradzki, Uczelnia Łazarskiego 

Viktoria Boyko, The Open Dialogue Foundation

Karoline Gil, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)

Michal Vit, Masaryk University

11:00 – 12:30 Special event: guided tour of the castle

13:00             lunch


14:30 – 16:30                      Cultural Institutions

chair: Anna Wójcik, Res Publica Nowa

Sara Koślinska, CEE Changers

Attila Pató, Charles University and Marta Pató, Pardubice University

Margaret Tali, University of Amsterdam 


17:30 – 19:30                      Power

chair: Wojciech Przybylski, Res Publica Nowa

Aliaksei Kazharski, Comenius University

Roderick Parkes, The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Agnieszka Rozner, Pedagogical University of Krakow

Zsuzsanna Végh, Central European University 


Sunday,  July 13th

10:00 – 12:00                      Closing discussion



Conference venues

1) CEFRES Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales

Štěpánská 35, CZ-111 21 Prague 1, Czech Republic

2) Residence of President of Poland Castle in Wisla

ul. Zameczek 1, Wisła, Poland


For further enquiry, please contact:

Anna Wójcik, editor at Visegrad Insight and Res Publica Nowa


ul. Gałczyńskiego 5, 00-362 Warszawa
tel. +48 22 692 47 84
fax. +48 22 343 08 33


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