We are happy to announce that the evaluation of the July 2022 call of the Visegrad Scholarship at OSA has finished, and the final list of winners has been approved!
In the context of the current invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing tragic war, many analysts have claimed that we face the real end of (or the confirmation) of the Cold War and its dichotomies. What we witness would be the outright confrontation between civic liberalism and autocracy, or the “West” and the “East.” According to Stephen Kotkin, even if post-Communist societies have changed, a military-police dictatorship in some former satellite countries is still fighting a “West” seen as an enemy, and this has the reverse consolidating effect on the West which re-emerged and stood up against Putin. We invited historians, researchers, political scientists, sociologists, and socially engaged artists to reflect on the lessons of the Cold War by taking cues from the Blinken OSA collections.
The following candidates received full support:
- ADASHINSKAYA, Anna (Russia) for her research on Use, Abuse, and Refuse: Building and Challenging Political Narratives of Medieval Rus’ in the Late USSR and Post-Soviet Russia.
- BOGYO Virag (Hungary), for her research on Children and Built Environment.
- COSTAMAGNA, Christian (Italy) for his research on The Kosovo War Between History and Memory: The (Ab)Use of Historical Events for Political Ends.
- FRANCKE, Maren (Germany) for her research on Historical Legacies from the Transition from Socialism to Democracy in Hungary.
- JAKOBSON, Alexander (US) for his research on Warring Works: The Russian Book of the 1960s and 1970s.
- KUZIEV, Faruh (Tajikistan) for his research on Borderlands in the Center: How Russia Domesticated the Tajik Civil War.
- PAL Benedek (Hungary) for his research on Between Crisis and Reform: Polish and Hungarian Critical Intellectual Discourses on the Future of State Socialism, 1975–1989.
- SIMPSON, Grace (UK) for her research on Instrumentalising Past and Present: Tools for Defending Worker Interests in the Polish People’s Republic and Spanish State.
- SNIEGON, Tomas (Sweden) for his research on Authoritarianism with Human Face? New Analysis of Czechoslovak ”Prague Spring 1968” and its ”Lessons from History.”
- TRAJANOVSKI, Naum (Macedonia) for his research on Historicizing Constitutional Illiberalism in Poland: The Ehrlich-Kaczyński Link.
The following candidate received partial support:
- RUNCEANU, Camelia (Romania) for her research on The Romanian Anti-Communist Dissidents Mirrored by Radio Free Europe. Production, Recognition, Consecration.
On the reserve list are:
- MITROVITS Miklos (Hungary) for his research on Images of Empire in the Second Public Sphere in Central Europe in the 1970s and 1980s.
- PAVLOVA, Margarita (Russia) for her research on Litmus Test of Perestroika: Sociocultural Grassroots Movements of Leningrad in Gorbachev’s Russia.
- ZHOU, Yuguang “Ludwig” (China) for his research on Sino-Yugoslav Relations 1975–1990.