Podcast: Roundtable Osteuropa 7

Studying post-socialism. Do we need new concepts?


In this special edition of our podcast, an anthropologist, a historian and two political scientists discuss the usefulness of concepts such as ‚post-socialism‘, ‚post-communism‘ or ‚transition‘ with regard to their own research and from the perspective of their disciplines. What are the limits of these concepts? What are the political consequences of using them? And which alternative approaches could help to overcome some of the concerns that are being raised? The panel discussion was recorded at the Annual ZOiS conference in Berlin on 14 June 2019. The overall title of the conference was „30 Years since 1989: The Legacies of Post-Socialism“.


  • Margarita Balmaceda (Seton Hall University)
  • Juliane Fürst (ZZF Potsdam)
  • Tatjana Thelen (Universität Wien)
  • Moderation: Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS)

Roundtable Osteuropa

Roundtable Osteuropa is a podcast by the Centre for East European and International Studies. Scholars of ZOiS and their guests discuss their research of Eastern Europe. We consider events in politics and society, while also trying to shed light on lesser-known issues – with insights from sociology, political science, geography, social anthropology, literary studies and theology.