Call for Articles Acta Poloniae Historica 115 (2017): Multiple Modernities of State Socialism

Patryk Wasiak (guest editor)

Under state socialism, media discourse used the terms modernity and modernization extensively to describe ongoing macro processes that ultimately would lead to communism, itself a particular form of twentieth century modernity. More than ten years have passed since the publication of the seminal work Style and Socialism: Modernity and Material Culture in Post-War Eastern Europe edited by Susan E. Reid and David Crowley. Unfortunately, it would appear that during this decade the call to explore multiple socialist modernities has not received much attention in the scholarship of contemporary East European history.

The aim of this special issue of Acta Poloniae Historica is to demystify the meanings of modernity in the political, social and cultural contexts of East Central Europe in the period between the Thaw and 1989. We are interested in submissions exploring actors and their agency in modernization in the context of the power structures of socialist states. How were the scripts of building socialist modernity negotiated by social actors who pursued their own different and often contradictory agendas? We are interested in submissions which cover the politics of modernity in state socialism and shed more light on the processes of producing and circulating knowledge, expert cultures and attempts at influencing other social actors to contribute to the process of modernization and reproduce relevant knowledge.

We expect theoretically informed and empirically grounded submissions. We are particularly interested in submissions on the following topics, although other relevant proposals are also welcome:

- The production of knowledge of personal roles and norms such as ‘modern man’, ‘modern woman’, the ‘modern country’ and ‘modern education’.

- ‘Modern technologies’ and their appropriation in socialist economies and societies.

- The spread of futurology under state socialism.

- The circulation of knowledge of modernity and modernization between the First, Second and Third Worlds.

The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2016. Completed articles in English or Polish should be submitted before January 1, 2017 to Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript..">Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript..