Deglobalization and Anti-Globalism in Central Europe


A virtual conference exploring issues of globalization and its opponents from various disciplinary perspectives taking place on the second Friday of the month from November 2020 to February 2021 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

This conference is sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the Chicago-Vienna Faculty Grant Program. 


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Session 1 - Friday, November 13, 2020 - Interwar Deglobalization and International Mobility

Peter Becker, University of Vienna

Passports as Instrument of Deglobalization

David Petrucelli, Dartmouth College

International Crime and the Deglobalization of Interwar Internationalism

Charles Fawell, University of Chicago

Disenchanted Globetrotters: Critiquing Globalization from the Deck of a Steamship, 1880-1930.


Commentator: Michael Geyer, University of Chicago


Session 2 - Friday, December 11, 2020 - Deglobalization and the Politics of Self-Sufficiency

Tara Zahra, University of Chicago

Deglobalization and the Collapse of Empire in Interwar Austria

Carolyn Taratko, Universität Erfurt

Autarky from the Ground Up: Settlement and Agricultural Independence in Weimar Germany

Mate Rigo, Yale-NUS College

Crazy Rich Central Europeans? The Beneficiaries of Deglobalization


Commentator: Pieter Judson, European University Institute


Session 3 - Friday, January 8, 2021 - Deglobalizing Capitalism

Philipp Ther, University of Vienna

Karl Polanyi and the Left Critique of Global Laissez Faire Capitalism

Quinn Slobodian, Wellesley College

Exit Fantasies: Global Goldbugs and the Rise of the German Hard Right

Jamie Martin, Georgetown University

'Ottomanizaton' of Europe: The Politics of International Financial Control in the 1920s

Malgorzata Mazurek, Columbia University

Polish Keynesians?: Post-Versailles Nation-State and Developmental Thinking In an Era of Great Depression


Commentators: Jon Levy, University of Chicago and Glenda Sluga, European University Institute


Session 4 - Friday, February 12, 2021 - Globalism and Anti-Globalism from Socialism to Post-Socialism

Anastassiya Schacht, University of Vienna 

On mixed signals and borderline agencies : Soviet psychiatry in the international epistemic community in the Cold War

Leah Feldman, University of Chicago

Reimagining the Global in Post-Soviet Eurasianist New Right Networks

Misha Appeltova and Roy Kimmey, University of Chicago

"Deglobalization or counter-globalization?: Gender politics and rights in East Central Europe"

Dorit Geva, Central European University

Deglobalization in Contemporary Hungarian Politics

Aga Pasieka, University of Vienna

From Socialism through Post-Socialism (back) to Socialism? Youth radical nationalists as alter-globalists


Commentator: Susan Gal, University of Chicago