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DepositFan protest and activism: football from below in South-Eastern Europe

This conceptual introduction seeks to frame and provide a context for the following special issue on “Football from below in South-Eastern Europe”. The special issue focus on fan activism and protest aims to understand, theorize and interpret the efforts of football fans both visible as (sub-)political actors in public space and/or as collectives engaged in experiments with new forms of club ownership and direct/participatory democracy. This introduction first details various features of the South-Eastern European context, before exploring how the texts relate to each other in terms of fan, activist and academic positionalities. Following this, one dimension to the concept of protest ‘from below’ – namely that of a strict ‘people/politics’ (narod/politika) opposition – is explained and critiqued. Finally, thematic gaps within the special issue are identified and possible areas for future research are discussed.

MemberOlena Nikolayenko

…Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

At the turn of the twenty-first century, a tide of nonviolent youth movements swept across Eastern Europe. Young people demanded political change in repressive political regimes that emerged since the collapse of communism. The Serbian social movement Otpor (Resistance) played a vital role in bringing down Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Inspired by Otpor’s example, similar challenger organizations were formed in the former Soviet republics. The youth movements, howev…

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University based in New York City, USA. Originally from Ukraine, I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto and held visiting appointments at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In my recent book, Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2017), I examine interactions between nonviolent youth movements and incumbent governments in five post-communist states: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Serbia, and Ukraine.

DepositWitches, Shamans & the Girls at Puberty

The possible nexus between the girls’ puberty rites, the origin of Venus figurines, the witch cult in Western Europe and shamanism in Eastern Europe and Asia is discussed. It is a possibility that the Venus figurines can be associated with both the girl’s puberty rites and the hunting magic. In many recorded accounts from the modern times, the puberty rites are mainly there to exclude girls at puberty due to their ‘evil’ influence. The mistress of animals who is associated with the witch cult is supposed to help hunter-gatherers with their search for the game. Considering the connections between witch cult, shamanism and the girls at puberty, it is reasoned that the seeming contradiction between the seclusion of girls at puberty and the association of female personage/s with hunting may be dismissible.

DepositRECONFIGURING THINK TANKS AS A DISCURSIVE, SOCIAL MODEL IN CONTEMPORARY ART | Artist-in-Residencies as places of continuity, mutuality, free thinking and independent research

Funded with support from the European Commission | Education and Culture DG, The RE-TOOLING RESIDENCIES project is addressed to both arts communities and art institutions looking to create arts residency centres in Eastern Europe and to cooperate with existing centres of this kind. The project aims to foster cooperation and mutual support between arts institutions from the East and West of the EU as regards arts residency programs. This will be achieved through exchanges of experience, knowledge sharing, and support of the professional development of cultural cadres. The present article fosters reflection to re-think at the role of Artist-in-Residencies with the urgencies of the present time.

MemberMadeleine Cohen

Madeleine Cohen received her Ph.D in Comparative Literature with a designated emphasis in Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She was a translation fellow at the Yiddish Book Center in 2015, and in the summers she works with the Helix Project, an educational travel program to Eastern Europe run by the nonprofit organization Yiddishkayt. Madeleine’s research focuses on modernist Yiddish literature from the interwar period. She is interested in the connections between representation of place and politics in Yiddish literature. Her dissertation is entitled, “Here and Now: The Modernist Poetics of Do’ikayt.” Madeleine is the Editor-in-Chief of In geveb. Her aliases include Mandy and Mindl.

DepositMediating Gesture in Theory and Practice

Editorial Article to the special issue “Mise en geste. Studies of Gesture in Cinema” (ed. by Ana Hedberg Olenina and Irina Schulzki) in journal “Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe” 5 (2017). 1. Gesture as a Figure of Speech. About this Issue 2. Liberated Gestures: Theories of Bodily Statements beyond the Sign. 2.1. Sergei Eisenstein: The Underlying Gesture 2.2. In Eisenstein’s Footsteps: Yuri Tsivian’s Carpalistics and Pia Tikka’s Enactive Cinema 2.3. Béla Balázs: Physiognomy 2.4. Julia Kristeva: Anaphora 2.5. Mikhail Iampolski: Deformations 2.6. Oksana Bulgakowa: The Factory of Gestures 2.7. Giorgio Agamben: Pure Gesture 2.8. Vilém Flusser: The Gesture of Filming. 3. Gesturology of Revolution: Petr Pavlenskii’s Mise en geste.

DepositRevolution and counter-revolution; or why it is difficult to have a heritage of communism and what can we do about it

Revolutions have powerful effects on the way the past is presented and perceived. In former communist states of Eastern Europe, following the revolutions establishing the regimes, a further sudden inversion has been regularly experienced in the aftermath of the fall of the Eastern Bloc. In this paper, I will comparatively discuss these changes through the lens of Albania. The discussion will highlight how the first communist revolution of the 1940s changed the way the Albanian state looked at its heritage and how this perspective was again completely transformed in the aftermath of the 1991. In both cases the perception of the periods immediately preceding the revolutionary events were those mostly affected. In particular, as regards the second revolution, in Albania, as in many other cases, after a long silence, the perspective adopted by the main stakeholders in the new democratic order was to characterise the heritage of communism in terms of trauma and terror. While these aspects undoubtedly encapsulate key features, there is more to processes of memory and heritage making related to this period. Private memories can sometimes produce rather different narratives of the same recent past, creating a clash with the representation put forward by the state.