Entrepreneurship in the Socialist and post Socialist Space – University of Copenhagen

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13 October 2011

Entrepreneurship in the Socialist and post Socialist Space

Call for Papers:

October 31 – November 1, 2011.

University of Helsinki, Finland


This workshop is dedicated to studying entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour in different sectors of socialist and post-socialist society. Previously entrepreneurship has been analysed mostly in the economic sphere. Here, the topic is discussed in a broader social and cultural perspective in addition to the fields of technology and science. We also explore East-West interaction during the Cold War, investigating how Western economic actors functioned in the socialist arena and impact this interaction has had on the post-Cold War period.

The workshop aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines and different institutional backgrounds working on related topics. The organisers intend to establish an international collaboration platform and map out a common agenda for a future international research project. The purpose is to develop a series of meetings where the participants can continue to deepen theoretical and methodological discussions. In addition, the organisers will publish a compilation of selected papers from the workshop.

Keynote speakers:
• Ann-Mari Sättre, University of Uppsala, Sweden
• Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
• László Bruszt, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
• Ivan Tchalakov, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

We encourage papers related to entrepreneurship in topics such as:
• The spread of entrepreneurial behaviour in the Eastern bloc during the Cold War
• Various forms of socialist entrepreneurship
• The impact of the interaction between East and West
• Western entrepreneurs in the socialist and post-socialist market
• Eastern entrepreneurs in the West
• Consequences of socialist entrepreneurship for the post-communist era


We invite students to submit proposals of no more than 250 words by October 17, 2011 to Dr. Katalin Miklóssy, to the e-mail address:katalin.miklossy@helsinki.fi
The workshop is organised by the CERES network http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/ceres/
and NORCENCOWAR network http://norcencowar.ku.dk / and by the Competition in Socialist Society project.