Revolutions and Transformations in Global Perspective, 1989–2019

trohsackpassage | Nikolaistraße 6-10 | 5th floor & Villa Tillmanns | Wächterstraße 30
Centre for Area Studies, Collaborative Research Centre 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition” and Graduate School Global and Area Studies (U Leipzig), in cooperation with the Leibniz ScienceCampus »Eastern Europe – Global Area« and the Leibniz Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe
12.06.2019 - 15.06.2019
Antje Zettler

The conference will focus on the relationship between the global moment of “1989” and the many political, economic, social and cultural transformations that have taken place across the world during the last 30 years. We are very happy that scholars from all over the world will share their insights to the entanglements, path-dependencies and crossing memories that developed in various world regions from “1989” and connections between “1989” and increasing levels of political, economic and cultural global interdependence with us.

To promote the collaboration with early career researchers, we have organized this conference in close cooperation with the Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies. Both events share the same overall topic and the conception of the conference programme offers the opportunity to interlinkages and joint discussions. The keynote on “1989: A Global History of Eastern Europe” will be presented by James Mark, Professor of History at the University of Exeter and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz ScienceCampus „Eastern Europe – Global Area“(EEGA).


Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Venue: SFB 1199, 5th floor, room 5.55

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Registration and Welcome Coffee

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Opening and Introduction

Matthias Middell (Leipzig):
1989 – 30 years after a Global Moment

Stefan Troebst (Leipzig): The Re-Balkanization of the Balkans? 1989 in Southeastern Europe

Besnik Pula (Blacksburg): Theorizing structural change in and after 1989

Uwe Müller (Leipzig): Regional disparities and regional politics in East Central Europe before and after 1989

6.00 pm – 7.30 pm

James Mark (Exeter): 1989: A Global History of Eastern Europe
James Mark is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA).
The keynote and the reception are kindly sponsored by EEGA.

7.30 pm

Thursday, 13 June 2019
Venue: SFB 1199, 5th floor, room 5.55

8.30 am – 9.00 am
Registration and Welcome Coffee

9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Chair: Edoardo Tortarolo (Turin)

Katja Naumann (Leipzig): Regional and transregional patterns of social science research and research planning before and after 1989

Ned Richardson-Little (Erfurt): The Revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe and the Transformation of Illicit Global Markets

Shamasul Haque (Srinagar): Globalization and Conflict Resolution in the Contemporary Muslim World

Frank Hadler (Leipzig): Expectation vs. Explanation? Eastern Europe Future seen from the West before and after 1989

12.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Lunch Break

2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Mark Juergensmeyer (Santa Barbara): The impact of 1989 on the early years of global studies in the 1990’s

Veronika Wittmann (Linz): Old Terms and New Worlds: Challenges For Global Studies in the 21st Century

Vladimir Pacheco Cueva (Aarhus): Teaching Global Studies in a populist/ultranationalist political climate

William Bradley (Kyoto): From Internationalization to Global Studies in Japan’s Heisei Era

Karsten Krüger (Shantou): Media worlds and globalization. Chinese media perceptions of the belt and road initiative in Africa

7.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Summer Party with Barbecue and Drinks
Venue: Global and European Studies Institute, Emil-Fuchs-Straße 1, 04105 Leipzig

Friday, 14 June 2019
Venue: SFB 1199, 5th floor, room 5.55

9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Chair: David Simo (Yaoundé)

Robin Möser (Leipzig): Reverting to the Region: South Africa’s accession to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the roots of an African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone, 1988–1991

Anna-Mart Van Wyck (Johannesburg): The end of the Cold War and its impact on global nuclear disarmament

Flavia Gasbarri (London): The 1989 Global Transformation and the African crises of the 1990’s

Timothy Scarnecchia (Kent): Shifting US diplomatic responses to 1989 in Southern Africa

12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Lunch Break

1.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Venue: Villa Tillmanns (Wächterstraße 30, 04107 Leipzig)

This section will be part of the Summer School of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies

Populism, Anarchism, Protest Movements as a Consequence of 1989
Chair: Adamantios Skordos (Leipzig)

Stefan Telle (Leipzig): 1989–2019: From the End of History to the Golden Straitjacket and back?

Jonathan Eibisch (Jena): A revival of anarchism as the logical consequence of 1989, 2001, 2008 and 2013?

Chungse Jung (Binghamton): 2011, the Continuation of 1989? A Comparison of Two Protest Waves in the Global South on the World-Historical Perspective

Luka Ekhvaia (Leipzig): Patriot Camps in Georgia after the Rose Revolution

Comment: Gilad Ben-Nun (Leipzig)

Coffee Break

Diversity – an increasing discourse in the public sphere after 1989
Chair: Susanna Jorek (Leipzig), Jessica Steinman (Leipzig)

Sirarpi Movsisyan (Leipzig): Armenians in GDR: Migration waves and community formation

Jessica Steinman (Leipzig): From North-South to East-West: the Demarcation and Reunification of the Vietnamese Migrant Community in Berlin

Laila Elbaghazoui (Beni-Mellal): The Events That Sparked the Arab Spring: From the Virtual World to the Public Sphere

Susanna Jorek (Leipzig): Mapping contested cultures: Narratives of Black Life in the City Museum in Bristol

Comment: Antje Dietze (Leipzig)

8.00 pm
Concert Johann Sebastian Bach: “Das Musikalische Opfer”, BWV 1079
Venue: St. Nicholas Church, Nikolaikirchhof 3, 04109 Leipzig

Saturday, 15 June 2019
Venue: SFB 1199, 5th floor, room 5.55

9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Chair: Geert Castryck (Leipzig)

Chris Saunders (Cape Town): Southern African transformations, “1989” to 2019

David Moore (Johannesburg): Gone but not forgotten: traces of the Cold War in Zimbabwe

Dmitri van den Bersselaar (Leipzig): Transitions in Africa. How was “1989” relevant? A comparison of Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria

Ulf Engel (Leipzig): A view from Addis Ababa: From “1989” to today’s revolution in Africa

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Farewell lunch


Antje Zettler
Universität Leipzig
Centre for Area Studies

Revolutions and Transformations in Global Perspective, 1989–2019, 12.06.2019 – 15.06.2019 Leipzig, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 08.06.2019, <>.
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