Power, Conflict and Morality in the Postsocialist World
Course held by the East / Central Europe Research Group
Institute of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
Coordinator - Finn Sivert Nielsen
Course plan & reading list
Please note: All lectures will be held from 10.15 - 12.00 in Room 308, Institute of Anthropology, Frederiksholms kanal 4, Copehagen K
Verdery, Katherine. 1999. The Political Lives of Dead Bodies: Reburial and Postsocialist Change. New York: Columbia University Press. [127 p. + notes] 
NB! The monograph must read early in the course, since it will be commented on in all the lectures!

Tuesday Sept. 7 - The Anthropology of Postsocialism: Finn Sivert Nielsen
Shlapentokh, Vladimir. 1989. Civil Society: Semilegal and Illegal Private Activity. In: Public and Private Life of the Soviet People: Changing Values in Post-Stalin Russia. New York: Oxford University Press. p.190-202. [13 p.]
Verdery, Katherine. 1991. Theorizing Socialism: A Prologue to the 'Transition'. American Ethnologist, 18 (3). p.419-436. [27 p.]

Thursday Sept. 9 - Gender, work and the state: Dorte Bjerregaard Jensen - (Urban Russia)
Ashwin, Sarah. 2000. Introduction: Gender, state and society in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. In: S. Ashwin (ed.): Gender, State and Society in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia. London: Routledge. p.1-26. [26 p.]

Tuesday Sept. 14 - Public and private moralities (1): Maja Hojer - (Urban Russia)
Gal, Susan and Gail Kligman. 2000. Dilemmas of public and private. In: The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p.37-62 and notes: p.126-132. [31 p.]
Rivkin-Fish, Michele. 2001. Personal transitions and moral change after socialism: The politics of remedies in Russian public health. Anthropology of East Europe Review, 19 (1). p.29-38. [10 p.]

Thursday Sept. 16 - Public and private moralities (2): Linas Svolkinas - (Urban Lithuania)
Koester, David. 2003. Drink, drank, drunk: A social-political grammar of Russian drinking in a colonial context. Anthropology of East Europe Review, 21 (2). p.41-47. [7 p.]
Hivon, Myriam. 1994. Vodka: The 'Spirit' of Exchange. Cambridge Anthropology, 17 (3). p.1-18. [18 p]

Tuesday Sept. 21 - Privatization and collectivization (1): Anders Sejerøe - (Rural Russia)
Perrotta, Louis. 1998. Divergent responses to land reform and agricultural restructuring in the Russian Federation. In: S. Bridger & F. Pine (eds.): Surviving post-socialism: Local strategies and regional responses in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. London: Routledge. p.148-169 [20 p.]

Thursday Sept. 23 - Privatization and collectivization (2): Ida Harboe Knudsen - (Rural Lithuania)
Kaneff, Deema & Lale Yalcin-Heckmann. 2003. Retreat to the cooperative or to the household? In: C. Hann: The Postsocialist Agrarian Question: Property Rights and The Rural Condition. Münster: LitVerlag. p.219-254. [35 p.]

Tuesday Sept. 28 - Informal and criminal networks: Linni Rita Gad - (Russia, Moldova)
Lawson, Colin & Douglas Saltmarshe. 2000. Evidence from North Albania. Europe-Asia Studies, 52 (2). p.134-148. [14 p.]
Nordstrom, Carolyn. 2000. Shadows and Sovereigns. Theory, Culture and Society, 17 (4). p.35-53. [18 p.]

Thursday Sept. 30 - Conflict, state building and conflict management: Peter Alexander Albrecht - (Bosnia)
Eller, Jack David. 1999. Bosnia: Of Myths and Maps. In: From Culture to Ethnicity to Conflict: An Anthropological Perspective on International Ethnic Conflict. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. p. 243-285. [42 p.]

Tuesday Oct. 5 - Democratization, media and NGO's (1): Mimi Larsson & Katja Murray - (Serbia, Hungary)
Pickel, A. 2002. Transformation theory: Scientific or political? Communist and Post-Communist Studies. 35. p.105-114. [8 p.]
Luong, Pauline J. & Erika Winthal. 1999. The NGO paradox: Democratic goals and non-democratic outcomes in Kazakhstan. Europe-Asia Studies, 51 (7). p.1267-1284. [17 p.]
Krastev, Ivan. 2002. The Balkans: Democracy without choices. Journal of Democracy, 13 (3). p.39-53. [14 p.]

Thursday Oct. 7 - Democratization, media and NGO's (2): Mimi Larsson & Katja Murray - (Serbia, Hungary)
Cruz, Bernardo Ivo. n.d. Democracy in the New Member States: Is the Commission on the Right Path?

Tuesday Oct. 19 - Gender and migration: Lenka Skodova - (Czech Republic, Denmark)
Haukanes, Haldis. 2003. Ambivalent traditions: Transforming gender symbols and food practices in the Czech Republic. Anthropology of East Europe Review, 17 (1). p.77-81. [4 p.]
Vesinova-Kalivodova, Eva. 1998. The vision of Czech women: One eye open (gender roles in Czech society, politics and culture). Dialectical Anthropology, 23. p.361-374. [13 p.]
Holy, Ladislav. 1998. The metaphor of 'home' in Czech nationalist discourse. In: N. Rapport & A. Dawson (eds.): Migrants of Identity. Oxford: Berg. p.111-137. [24 p.]

Thursday Oct. 21 - Love, adultery and morality: Benedikte Møller Kristensen - (Tuva, Mongolia)
Humphrey, Caroline. 1997. Exemplars and rules: Aspects of the discourse of moralities in Mongolia. In: S. Howell (ed.): The Ethnography of Moralities. London: Routledge. p.25-47. [21 p.]
Humphrey, Caroline. 1978. Women, taboo and the suppression of attention. In: S. Ardener (ed.): Defining Females: The Nature of Women in Society. London: Croom Heine. p.89-108?. [19 p.]

Tuesday Oct. 26 - Healers, Leades and Entrepreneurs - The Political Economy of Religion, the Revival of Tradition, and the Transmission of Local Knowledge in Post-Soviet Siberia: Galina Lindquist, University of Stockholm - (Siberia)
Guest lecture: Literature to be announced!

Thursday Oct. 28 - Conclusions and evaluation: Finn Sivert Nielsen
No required reading for this lecture.