The study of communist parties globally has, perhaps inevitably, always involved finding a balance between overarching relationships with Moscow and the specific influences of a diversity of local environments in which the individual parties functioned.
While recognising the importance of the former, this conference aims to address the extent to which national and sub-nation political, social and cultural traditions and developments, crises and continuities shaped the character of ‘world communism’.
Among the themes the conference aims to explore are:
• The political cultures national parties operated within
• Relations with other political movements, from social democracy to fascism, from trade unions to paramilitary movements
• Communist narratives and approaches toward the ‘crisis of capitalism’
• The emergence of ‘little Stalins’ at local level
• The emergence of ‘Little Moscow’s’ locally
• Movement and regime phases of national parties
• Location within or break from national traditions
• Seminal generational experiences
• Psychological approaches to communist motivation
• Patterns of gender relations
• Local propaganda and representations of the party and its ‘enemies’, from Social Democracy to Fascism
• Relations between ‘local’ communist leaders and Moscow
Comparative approaches to these areas – and others – are especially welcome.
Proposals for Papers
The conference welcomes papers with an interdisciplinary approach. Please send proposals of no more than 500 words outlining a 20 minute paper to Dr Norry LaPorte: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Friday 18 February 2011
Programme and Fees
The conference programme will be published in January 2011. The conference fee, payable by all speakers and attendees, will be in the region of £40.00 for both days and £25.00 for one day.
CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 30 + JULY 1, 2011, AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GLAMORGAN
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