Economic Entanglements in East-Central Europe (1949-1991)

Economic Entanglements in East-Central Europe (1949-1991)

14-16 novembre 2012



[See the call for papers on this website:]


14 November, 2012



4:00-4:45pm – Uwe Müller (Leipzig), East Central European Planned Economies in the Global Economy (1945-1990)

4:45-5:15pm – Coffee break

5:15-7:30pm – The Comecon. A Transnational Institution which Worked?

  • Simon Godard (Genf), Internationalism as Career? On the Working Culture of Comecon Associates (1949-1989)
  • Erik Radisch (Bochum), Soviet Concepts of the Comecon (1956-1971)
  • Jan Lomícek (Prag), Czechoslovak Participation in Transnational Projects within the CMEA in the 1970s and 1980s


15 November, 2012

Case Studies


  • Pál Germuska (Budapest), A Special Case of Branch-Cooperation. Military Industrial Collaboration in the Comecon
  • Mila Oiva (Turku), Competition and the Socialist Integration—Contradictory Concepts? The Case of Polish Clothing Exports to the Soviet Union

11:00-11:30am – Coffee Break


  • Zsombor Bódy (Budapest), Large-Scale Investment Project Ikarus. The Semantics of the Political Economy in International Business Relations as seen by the Planning and Realization of a Hungarian Large-Scale Investment Project in Bus Production (1957-1975)
  • Christopher Mady (Bochum), Hungarian Foreign Trade Relations in the Automobile Industry

1-2pm Lunch

Relations between the West and the East


  • Mikhail Lipkin (Moscow), The Perception of West European Integration in the USSR
  • Angela Romano (London/Firence), The European Community’s Perceptions of Socialist Integration, and Consequent Actions towards the Comecon
  • Suvi Kansikas (Helsinki), The Comecon and the EC Challenge (1969-1976)

4:15-4:45pm Coffee break


  • Johan Schot/Jira Janac (Eindhoven), Tensions concerning the Sovietization and the Europeanization of Railway Governance in East Central Europe
  • Peter Švík (Bratislava), Reflections on General Trends in the East-West Trade of Civil Aviation Technology in the 1960s and 1970s

7:30pm – Dinner


16 November, 2012


The Comecon in the Global Economy


  • Christian Gerlach (Bern), Reintegration into the Capitalist World Market? Grain Imports to East Europe in the 1970s and their Implications
  • Radek Soběhart (Prag), “Long Live General Muammar Gaddafi!” Czechoslovak-Libyan Relations (1974-1985). Reflections on the Global Cold War
  • Martin Dangerfield (Wolverhampton), Post-Comecon Economic Relations of Former Soviet Bloc Countries and Russia: Continuities and Changes

11.15-11.45 Coffee break



  • Christoph Boyer (Salzburg), Concluding Comments
  • Dagmara Jajeśniak Quast (Leipzig/Frankfurt-Oder), Closing Remarks: The Multiple International Dimensions of the Comecon. New Interpretations of Old Phenomena.



Practical information

Venue: Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas e.V. (GWZO) at the University of Leipzig; Speck’s Hof (Eingang A), Reichstr. 4-6, D- 04109 Leipzig.

Hosted by:

  • Research group “East Central Europe Transnational” at the Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO)
  • Fachkommission Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften J.G. Herder-Forschungsrat
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) (ZiP)

Conference Organizers: Dr. Dagmara Jajeśniak-Quast & Dr. Uwe Müller


Emilia Robin

Chercheuse associée à l'UMR SIRICE. Violons d'Ingres : guerre froide, médiation scientifique, logiciels libres

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