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Forschung, Veranstaltungen, Publikationen

New Perspectives on the Economic History of Central, East and South-East Europe 1800 to the Present

International Conference
Dates: 19-20 May 2016
Location: Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg
Program 

Breaking the Ice of Frozen Conflicts? Understanding Territorial Conflicts in East and Southeast Europe.

Fourth Annual Conference of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies.
Dates: From 30 June to 2 July 2016 
Location: Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg

Path Dependencies in Economic and Social Development: Institutions, Behavior, and Outcomes

8th Joint IOS / APB / EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe.
Dates: June 15-17, 2016
Location: Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing on Lake Starnberg near Munich
Call for papers
Online application form
Deadline for applications: April 1, 2016

From Homo Sovieticus to Citizen. Dimensions of Societal Change in Ukraine

Interdisciplinary German-Ukrainian Summer School
Date: September 11–21, 2016
Location: Ukraine (Černivci and Dnipropetrovsk)
Call for participation
Deadline: March 7, 2016

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16. Februar 2016
Vorträge

The Politics of Collective Memory in Post-communist Europe

Ein Vortrag von Jan Kubik (Direktor der School for Slavonic and East European Studies am University College London) im Rahmen der Reihe Forum der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien in Kooperation mit dem IOS.
Datum: Dienstag, 16.02.2016
Zeit: 16:15 Uhr
Ort: IOS Regensburg, Raum 017
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16. Februar 2016
Vorträge

Rivers and trade

Ein Vortrag von Richard Frensch (IOS) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: Dienstag, 16. Februar 2016
Zeit: 13.30 Uhr
Ort: IOS Regensburg, Raum 109

Rivers both impede and facilitate trade. We expand the existing bilateral geographical CEPII-database by adding detailed information on bilateral river borders and indirect river linkages for 1,600 Eurasian country pairs. Within a gravity framework, we assess the impact of international rivers on European trade, using disaggregate trade data derived from UN-Comtrade, both on trade flows and along the margins of trade. While substantial river borders are significantly detrimental to trade, international rivers have a small but positive net impact on European trade.


22. Februar 2016
Vorträge

Beyond Positivism: Embracing the Fuzziness of the Digital Humanities

Ein Vortrag von Jessie Labov (CEU, Budapest) im Rahmen des Methoden-Kurses "Digital Humanities Tools".
Datum: Montag, 22.02.2016
Zeit: 16.30 Uhr
Ort: IOS Regensburg, Raum 017

This survey of Digital Humanities practices will address some of the fundamental questions that this relatively new set of methodologies provokes among traditional scholars who dismiss it as a trend. One of the biggest misunderstandings about the scholarship that falls under the large umbrella of DH is that it abandons close analysis, qualitative, and theory-based approaches in order to adopt the positivistic mode of inquiry of the social sciences. The "quantitative turn" in the humanities, as it is sometimes called, seems to entail turning away from fuzziness towards hard facts. However, if we look more carefully at DH practices, at the challenges it presents to quantitative methods, and at its frequent focus on error, exception, and outliers, we see a different picture. In extracting large collections of data from literary, historical, and other cultural texts, DH records and takes note of what remains behind. In visualizing and schematizing these corpora, DH scholars are often most excited by what does not fit the paradigm that emerges, and why not. And finally, the results of DH practices do not discourage us from looking closely at texts, or from theorizing about historical narratives, but rather give us new ground and new positionality from which to see those same arguments that we formerly derived in traditional, qualitative inquiry. In other words, DH does not imitate the social sciences so much as adopt its techniques in order to gain a useful critical distance from humanistic disciplines, and in the process often forces to us think harder and more critically about the tools of social science. This presentation will point to the value of fuzziness in four case studies of DH work (representing text analysis, GIS-mapping, topic modeling, and social network analysis) and argue that it is the hybridity of qualitative and relativistic concepts with quantitative methods that gives this work its larger meaning.


23. Februar 2016
Vorträge

Environmental Awareness and the Persistence of History: Evidence from Ukraine

Ein Vortrag von Miriam Frey (IOS) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: Dienstag, 23. Februar 2016
Zeit: 13.30 Uhr
Ort: IOS Regensburg, Raum 109