Central and Eastern Europe: fully European or the European other?
This course is aimed at those who want to understand why the division between East and West still is important in different European contexts. The course highlights the historical, cultural, political and socio-economic perspectives that explain how different concepts of Central and Eastern Europe have been constructed historically and why Central and Eastern Europe is still sometimes constructed as being either inside or outside Europe.
The course highlights how Central and Eastern Europe, and the conceptual boundaries, have been constructed historically. We discuss how the concept of Europe is sometimes used to "differentiate" parts of Central and Eastern Europe. You will learn about Central and Eastern Europe as a geopolitical region and its cultural, political, economic and social cleavages. The course also provides an overview of the historical and contemporary cultural development in the region. The multi-disciplinary approach offers insights from different aspects and experiences within European Studies.