Dear colleagues, you are cordially invited to the Workshop “The Vanguard of Class and Nation: Parties as Governments in Eurasia, 1920s–1990s,” which will take place online on April 12–13, 2021. Here is the link to the event in heiCONF: https://heiconf.uni-heidelberg.de/exuc-jpn6-7dzj-upyh (works in all major browsers). Please, make sure that you register ahead of the workshop by sending your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is available HERE
Focusing on the histories of one-party (single-party) regimes in Eastern Europe, East Asia, and West Asia in the twentieth century, the workshop will explore the appropriation of the government’s role by extraconstitutional organizations and their claims to alternative paths to modernization in global and comparative contexts. The workshop will address the geneses of one-party regimes, the roles of socialism and nationalism in the parties’ approaches to modernization and state-building, the constitutions and deliberative practices, the issues of diversity (such as gender, class, ethnicity, and region), as well as crises and liberalization attempts in China, Czechoslovakia, Japan, Korea, the Soviet Union, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and other postimperial and postcolonial polities. The workshop seeks to stimulate the dialogue between historians, political scientists, and other scholars working on the named contexts and to breach the divide between different area studies.