Socialist heritage, memories, realities

Masha Vukanovic (Center for Study in Cultural Development)
Socialist and post-socialist studies
Start time:
24 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Panel focuses on practices once created with the purpose to "approach communism". In such way aim is to raise questions about the role of socialist heritage: What can be learned from past experiments and practical experiences? What should be passed on to future generations as morals of the past?

Long abstract:

In Eastern European countries given themes from socialist theory (collective ownership of production, encouraging creativity in improving material basis and criticism towards coercive "institutions") were conceptualized as practices that were supposed to lead towards communist society. The primary task was to provide a material basis for existence of a society in which there would be enough resources to allow for each individual to pursue his or her genuine creative interests. The conceptualization of practices required innovations that varied from state to state. In reality tough, the creativity in pursuing personal interests bore "silent" oppositions and subtle criticisms of the innovations that were being put into practice. These said innovations, practices, oppositions and criticisms in both tangible and intangible forms now form a specific kind of socialist heritage. This panel aims to contribute to the stream of socialist studies research by addressing issues (such are morals of past experiences) that surround socialist heritage in present times.