6th Minsk Conference of the Institute “Political Sphere”

Evolution or devaluation: the problem of democratic order in Eastern Europe

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Minsk. 

68 Zacharava St, Minsk, BELARUS 220088


May 25 (Thursday)

18:30-20:30.  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kirava, 13

Public discussion “How to Write a History of Your Own Country Now? Participants:  Lukasz Adamski (Poland), Valiancin Holubieŭ (Belarus), Rūstis Kamuntavičius (Lithuania), Ivan Kurilla (Russia).


May 26 (Friday)

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Minsk, Zacharava st. 68

10:00-10:10. Opening session

10:10-11:30. Centers and Peripheries: Revising Democratic Experience in Eastern Europe

Tomasz Zarycki (Poland). From a post-communist to a peripheral European political scene: international contexts of the transformation of Polish politics

Łukasz Adamski (Poland). Goals of Russian policy towards Poland: before 2014 and after 2014

Andrej Jahoraŭ (Belarus). Democracy promotion in Eastern Partnership countries: prospects and challenges

11:30-12:00. Coffee break

12:00-13:30. “Own Way” to Democracy? Explaining The Belarusian Case

Piotr Rudkoŭski (Belarus). The Belarusian state ideology since the Russia–Ukraine conflict

Vadzim Smok (Belarus).  “Own way” to democracy: civil society in speeches of Belarusian officials

Andrej Vardamacki (Belarus).  Bad mood and reforms: complicated tracks of public opinion in Belarus

13:30-14:30. Lunch

14:30-16:00. Democracy and Belarusian Foreign Policy

Jaŭhien Prejhierman (Belarus). Democracy as a factor of Belarusian foreign policy: Neoclassical realist analysis

Andrej Kazakievič (Belarus). Democracy and policy: understanding speeches and decisions of US presidents concerning Belarus (1992-2016)

Zmicier Mickievič (Belarus). Beyond democracy: the image of Belarus in neighboring countries

Aliaksiej Kryvalap (Belarus). Russian world in Belarus: challenges of virtual information space

16:00-16:30. Coffee break

16:30-18:00. Civic Identity and History in Post-Communist Societies 

Bogdan Cywiński (Poland). Construction of real civic identity in post-communist societies

Oleksiy Krysenko (Ukraine). Post-soviet anthropology of state order in Ukraine: before and after Revolution of Dignity

Ivan Kurilla (Russia). Presentism, a politicization of history and new roles of historians?


May 27 (Saturday)

Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Minsk, Zacharava st. 68

10:00-11:30. Education, History, Democracy And Politics in Eastern Europe

Rasa Čepaitienė (Lithuania). Consequences of neo-liberal reform of higher education in Lithuania: de-democratization of academic milieu

Rūstis Kamuntavičius (Lithuania). History in school textbooks and critical history: is this one or two histories?

Aleh Dziarnovich (Belarus). “Other Rus’”: Grand Duchy of Lithuania in contemporary Russian instrumentalist discourse

Aliaksei Lastouski (Belarus). Kurapaty in the context of “politics of dead bodies”

11:30-12:00. Coffee break

12:00-13:00. Discussion “Education, History, Democracy And Politics in Eastern Europe”