Communist and Post-Communist Times in Central Europe


LBI EHP coordinating researcher: Libora Oates-Indruchová (Vienna)

Communist and Post-Communist Times in Central Europe has been a long-term research interest of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres. It is primarily concerned with the impact of state actors on everyday lives of Central Europeans (primarily, but not limited to, Czechs, Slovaks, Austrians, Hungarians and Poles) in the post-WW2 European political order. Of utmost interest is also the period after the demise of Communist regimes in Central Europe, the period of political, economic and cultural transformation that preceded the accession of postcommunist countries to the European Union and also the development since. The so far largest project, "Border Communities: Microstudies on Everyday Life, Politics and Memory in European Societies From 1945 to the Present" ran from 2005 to May 2012; currently, several publication are being prepared from the project. The current projects include: "Power and Violence over the Female Body in Czechoslovakia: Social and Medical Practices of Birth-giving" and "War Memories: Children, Border Regions & Migrants in Europe".