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April 25, 2023: Visegrad Scholarship at OSA Presentations

April 25, 2023: Visegrad Scholarship at OSA Presentation
Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are happy to announce the next “Visegrad Scholarship at OSA” presentations

Time: 14:00 CET on Tuesday, April 25, 2023,

by Tomas Sniegon, Ph.D. in History, Associate Professor in European Studies, Lund University, Sweden titled

 Authoritarianism with Human Face?

In his current research, Tomas Sniegon focuses on the period of the Cold War and the so-called de-Stalinization. His latest project is called Authoritarianism with a Human Face? A New Analysis of the Czechoslovak “Prague Spring 1968” and Its “Lessons from History.” In his presentation, he will talk about hitherto unexplored aspects of the reforms of Communism in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s and about comparative research that has not yet been carried out, which offers new perspectives on the “Prague Spring of 1968,” despite the fact that a huge number of books have already been published about these events. Given that the events in the former satellite states of the Soviet Bloc are now being updated again in Russia in connection with the condemnation of “color revolutions,” even the actions of the Soviet Union in Hungary in 1956 and in Czechoslovakia in 1968 can be evaluated in a new context.


Historicizing Constitutional Illiberalism in Poland: The Ehrlich–Kaczyński Link

by Naum Trajanovski, Assistant at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Warsaw

The governmental change in Poland in 2015 and the constitutional crisis that followed triggered many depictions of the prehistory of illiberal Polish constitutionalism. The name of Stanisław Ehrlich (1907–97), the academic mentor of Jarosław Kaczyński, hence came forth as the usual suspect: a renowned professor of state and law theory, a leading editor, and one of the initiators of the Polish political sciences (both as a discourse and a professional network), Ehrlich was also one of the most prominent proponents of the Vyshinsky-like radical legal anti-positivism in the early post-Second World War years. However, he departed from these positions early in the course of the Polish Thaw of the mid-1950s and started articulating criticism against centralization in law and politics. Drawing upon the materials from the Blinken OSA Archivum, this presentation will contextualize these arguments within the thriving debates over Socialist legality in popular outlets (Nowa Kultura, Przegląd Kulturalny, Po Prostu) and academic journals (Państwo i Prawo) during the Polish 1950s and early 1960s. The research is part of the project Towards Illiberal Constitutionalism in East Central Europe: Historical Analysis in Comparative and Transnational Perspectives.


The presentation will be held at 14:00 CET on Tuesday, April 25, 2023

On-site: Meeting Room at Arany János u. 32, Budapest

Online: The link to the Zoom meeting is: