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Pre-conference Event: New Perspectives on Pluridisciplinarity in Central and Eastern Europe

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Tue 25. 8.  15:30 - 17:00
room IS CAS AKC

New Perspectives on Pluridisciplinarity in Central and Eastern Europe

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Tallis, Benjamin
Institute of International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic

The panel, which will be comprised of leading scholars from the New Perspectives editorial board, will explore the added value that interdisciplinary perspectives bring to understanding the politics and international relations of CEE. The panel, in line with the rationale of the journal, will show how combining different explanatory and interpretive frameworks, from different disciplines compensates for their respective blindspots, helps challenge their various assumptions and questions what they each consider as matters of ‘fact’. This critical interlocution between disciplines which have their own established traditions and methods can help enhance the ontological, epistemological and methodological sophistication of CEE scholarship. The panel also examines how such approaches can not only help to develop standards of scholarship in and on the region, but also equip scholars to intervene in the political, social and cultural issues of the region, not (to paraphrase Bruno Latour) because they are matters of fact, but because they are matters of concern. Participants: Benjamin Tallis (Chair), Institute of International Relations, Prague Jan Drahokoupil, European Trade Union Institute, Brussels Pelin Ayan, Anglo-American University, Prague Ľubomír Lupták, University of West Bohemia Tomáš Profant, Institute of International Relations, Prague