Presentation of EEGA‘s second special issue

Within the framework of the EEGA colloquium the presentation of EEGA‘s second special issue “Conjunctural Geographies of Post-socialist and Postcolonial Conditions” will be realised on

30 November 2023, 6.00-8.00 pm (CET)
Online via ZOOM (please register here)

The special issue (editors: Lela Rekviashvili, Kasia Narkowicz, Nikolay Karkov, Zhivka Valiavicharska, Ovidiu Tichindeleanu) is part of the ongoing efforts of scholars, artists and activists to challenge knowledge production hierarchies in and about the post-socialist East. It takes the latter as its point of departure as a site of autonomous theoretical and political practice. The articles in this special issue focus on a range of topics, including infrastructure and mobility, protest and social contention, feminist and queer activism, property rights and human-soil relationships.

All papers reveal and contest the erasure, marginalization and reductionism at play in academic, media and public discourses when it comes to the sociopolitical realities and the histories of the post-socialist East, along with the lived and embodied violence that ensue from the domination of Eurocentric models in post-socialist societies. Each paper offers its own ways of moving beyond political and epistemological dead ends, offering alternative interpretations, methods, ways of theorizing, and academic, activist, and artistic practices, in an effort to contribute towards decolonizing knowledge production and political practice in the region. These contributions offer different strategies through which to navigate and push against our marginalization in knowledge production by engaging with post- and decolonial thinking, unearthing forgotten or marginalized histories, or creating new spaces for knowledge production for post-socialist lives beyond conventional Western paradigms.

Join us for a discussion together with an external reader, Tsvetelina Hristova (Winchester School of Art, Southampton University) and the co-editors, Nikolay Karkov, Zhivka Valiavicharska, Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, and Lela Rekhviashvili.

Almost four years have passed since the start of the collaboration, resulting in 2022 in the publication of the EEGA special issue on “Conjunctural Geographies of Post-socialist and Postcolonial Conditions. This virtual meeting seeks to reflect back on the contributions of the special issue in the light of recent political developments, and to articulate the possibilities and limits of conjunctural theorizing as an approach elaborated in various articles of the Special Issue.

The meeting will take place online via ZOOM.

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