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New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997). East and Central Europe Program



  • Existence: 1990 - 1997

Historical Note

In 1990, in response to the revolutions of 1989, which saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and of communism across Eastern Europe, the Graduate Faculty at the New School (which was re-named NSSR in 2005) established the East and Central Europe Program (ECEP) "to assist regional efforts to revitalize scholarly life in the social sciences." ECEP emerged out of the Democracy Seminars, a semi-clandestine series of seminars on democratic politics and culture initially held in New York, Warsaw, and Budapest from 1984 until the mid-1990s, with Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies Elzbieta Matynia overseeing the New York seminar at the time of ECEP’s establishment. In the spring of 1997, ECEP became the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, to accommodate the expanding activities and scope of ECEP, with Matynia remaining as director.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Democracy Seminar oral history project

Identifier: NS-07-01-06
Abstract The Democracy Seminar, a network of seminars that ran from 1984 to 1994, and again from 2018 to the present (2021), were semi-clandestine meetings of scholars held simultaneously in Warsaw, Budapest and New York, before spreading to cities across Eastern and Central Europe. The seminar discussed topics in democratic politics and culture, and was the genesis of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies at The New School for Social Research. The Democracy Seminar oral history...
Dates: 2020 April-May

Jeffrey Goldfarb papers

Identifier: NA-0016-01
Overview This collection consists of the papers of Jeffrey Goldfarb, the Michael E. Gellert Professor of Sociology at The New School. The collection contains teaching files; materials relating to Goldfarb's work in Poland; correspondence; and manuscripts for Goldfarb's published books. Also included are manuscripts of papers delivered at conferences, book reviews, prospectuses, and materials relating to Goldfarb's studies at the University of Chicago. Also found herein are materials...
Dates: 1953-2015; Majority of material found within 1976-2000