Zapraszamy na kolejny wykład otwarty w ramach IAS Invited Lecture Series in Materiality of (Post)socialism. Spotkanie odbędzie się 24 stycznia 2022 r. w godz. 18-20 za pośrednictwem platformy MS Teams. Wykład wygłosi Agnes Gagyi z Uniwersytetu w Göteborgu.
This talk will discuss the different patterns in which energy scarcity after 1973 and housing commodification after 1989 were contested in Hungary and Romania. The analysis contributes to thinking about the materiality of (post)socialism by showing how constructs of political reflection are built from conditions of structural tensions without presuming a transparent relation between the two. Instead, the analysis pinpoints effects of local and transnational political environments, different socio-political alliances, and unreflected influences of structural conditions on the production of political reflection. While such effects are recognized by political theory and social movement studies, the fiction of political reflection as intentional and transparent is a cornerstone of political debates, including those on CEE. In the tradition of materialist analysis, the talk aims to broaden that sphere of contemplation by emphasizing effects of structural transformations that inform politics in ways that remain unconscious and unintentional.
Agnes Gagyi obtained her PhD in Social Communication in 2011 at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Since 2017 she is Researcher at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at University of Gothenburg. Before that she worked as Associate Adjunct Professor at Eszterházy Károly University, Hungary, and conducted research projects at New Europe College, Romania, and George Mason University, USA. She is a founding member of the Working Group for Public Sociology “Helyzet” in Budapest. Recent publications: "The Political Economy of Middle Class Politics and the Global Crisis in Eastern Europe" (Palgrave, 2021) and "The Political Economy of Eastern Europe 30 years into the ‘Transition’" (co-edited with Ondrej Slacalek, Palgrave 2021).
Wykład jest częścią IAS Invited Lecture Series in Materiality of (Post)socialism.