‘Eastern Europe’ – ‘Central Europe’

2018.09.27 07:32

Project Proposal for the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (September 2018)

The main objectives of the project

  • The main objective of my project is a research which focuses on the dual concept of ‘Eastern Europe’ – ‘Central Europe’, both as cognitive constructions and linguistic terms. How do these terms and concepts appear in Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Polish (perhaps Austrian and German) sources, and what are their limits, challenges, and opportunities?
  • From the point of view of the USA and Western Europe, the region we are talking about was unanimously Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Based on the up-to-date historiography, Central Europe as a geopolitical unit was a non-existent territory during the Cold War. For some, term Eastern Europe expresses the fact that the Soviet Union determined the overall policy, namely the political/economic/military etc. direction of ‘Eastern European’ states. This is the reason why some consider ‘Central Europe’ a newer phenomenon which came to existence by and after the fall of Communism in 1989 or 1991.