Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the FAU Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Initiative present the international conference titled “Colonizing and De/Re-Colonizing Nations: A Research Inquiry into Communist Practices 25 Years Later.” The conference will take place on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 in the Engineering Building East, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The conference will bring together distinct, yet connected scholarly approaches on state communism and international and national practices of colonization related to the former Soviet world. Looking back a quarter-of-a-century later, the conference theme invites interdisciplinary and multi-epistemological perspectives that feature relevant questions of communist authoritarian practices, and colonial and post-colonial policies that impact identity politics and democratic processes in the global arena.
The first keynote speaker will be Cezar Ornatowski, Ph.D., of San Diego State University, presenting “Post-Colonialism as a Discursive and Political Issue: The Case of Poland.” This lecture will take place on Thursday, March 12 at noon in the Live Oak Pavilion, adjacent to the Student Union. On Friday, March 13 at noon, Bogdan Stefanescu, Ph.D., of the University of Bucharest, Romania, will present “Belated Modernity: The Colonization of the Future in Post-Communist Culture.” This lecture will take place in the Senate Chambers of the Student Union. Both keynote addresses are free and open to the public.
Other speakers include Mark Kramer, Ph.D. Harvard University; Nadja Boyadjieva, Ph.D., University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and visiting senior scholar, Harvard University; Vadim Golubev, Ph.D., St. Petersburg State University, Russia; Epp Annus, Ph.D., Estonian Literature Museum, Estonia; Roget Kanet, Ph.D., University of Miami; Markku Kangaspuro, Ph.D., Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland; Uli Schamiloglu, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison; Letitia Guran, Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University; Renat Shaykhutdinov, Ph.D., FAU; Noemi Marin, Ph.D., FAU ; and Tatiana Kostadinova, Ph.D., Florida International University.