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Eastsplainers

Programme series
Programmes

Which contemporary cultural and intellectual trends do they witness in various parts of Central & Eastern Europe today? And how can knowledge about these trends help us understand Europe better? We study these questions with two important caveats in mind. One: the unlawful Russian regime somehow affects artists, scholars, and thinkers across all of Central & Eastern Europe – but we shun equalisations of other localities with Ukraine, where a full-fledged Russian war creates acute and mass-scale suffering. Second: rather than amplifying views on various Central & Eastern European locations as a monolithic European ‘East,’ Eastsplainers aims to unsettle these views. These locations may have connected histories – but our programmes and discussions show that they merit independent study and careful attention to local dynamics.

In a series of public programmes, staff members of the universities of Amsterdam interview and introduce scholars, journalists, artists, film makers, musicians, and other cultural and academic professionals. They enter into conversations with each other and the audience, and they showcase new music, films, and literary works.

Apart from solidifying public education about Central & Eastern Europe, the series is meant as a space to jointly halt and digest the ongoing disturbing news about the Russian war in Ukraine. The series is also aimed to consolidate diasporic networks and offer financial support to artists and intellectuals in need. Eastsplainers is an initiative of prof. dr. Ellen Rutten (University of Amsterdam) and Dorine Schellens (Leiden University), co-organised by Mari Janssen, Suzanne Rademaker and Zephyra van Rood and is set up with support from the University of New Europe, Middle- and Eastern-European studies publisher Pegasus and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and the diversity and inclusion team of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam.

The programmes take place from 17:00 to 18:30 in VOX-POP, the creative space of the UvA's Faculty of Humanities.

BG 3

Room VOX-POP
Binnengasthuisstraat 9
1012 ZA Amsterdam