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This panel discussion looks at the impacts of the war in Ukraine on Central and Eastern Europe from a geopolitical economy perspective.

This panel will take place Sunday 18 June 2023, at 2PM London Time / 4PM Moscow Time / 9AM New York Time (US Eastern) / 8AM Winnipeg Time (US Central) 6AM San Francisco Time (US Pacific).

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About this event

The war over Ukraine has shaken up the world order. Among the parts of the world most impacted is Central and Eastern Europe. This panel discusses the impact of the War on Central and Eastern European economies, their trade, debt and financial relations. How are various constituencies in various countries affected? How are they responding and how are governments positioning themselves in the war, in relation to each other, the EU, China and Russia? How is it reconfiguring the EU?



Attila Melegh is a sociologist, economist and historian. Attila Melegh, Founding Director of Karl Polanyi Center fro Global Social Studies between 2014-22 He is associate professor at Corvinus University, Budapest, and a senior researcher at the Demographic Research Institute. Editor of Eszmélet journal. Author of the book ‘On the East/West Slope, Globalization, Nationalism, Racism and Discourses on Central and Eastern Europe’ published at CEU Press. He was the founding director of Karl Polányi Research Center at Corvinus University.between 2104-22. His new book at Palgrave-Macmillan is:The Migration Turn and Eastern Europe: A Global Historical Sociological Analysis.

Dr. Habil. Annamária ARTNER is a political economist, senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economics of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, and professor at Milton Friedman University, Budapest, Hungary. She has studied imperialism, transformation of the world system, global capital accumulation, labour markets and crises and their socio-economic consequences. Her recent publications are “A New World Is Born: Russia’s Anti-imperialist Fight in Ukraine” (International Critical Thought, 2023), “Samir Amin and the Changing of the World” (International Critical Thought, 2022), “Planning and social change” (Critique, 2021), “Can China lead the change of the world?” (Third World Quarterly, 2020).

Rade Pantić is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University, Belgrade. He is co-editor of the book, Contemporary Marxist Theory of Art (Orion art/Fakultet za medije i komunikacije, Belgrade, 2015) [Serbian], and the author of the book, Art Through Theory: Historical-Materialistic Analyses (Založba *cf. (Založba /*cf., Ljubljana, 2019) [Slovenian]. His areas of interest include historical materialism, theory of ideology, art theory, film and urban studies. He is currently working on a Marxist analysis of Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav history.

Veronika Sušová-Salminen is a comparative historian and political analyst specialising in the modern history and politics of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia with a methodological focus on world-system analysis, dependency school, and with some influences from postcolonial critique. She graduated from Charles University in Prague (M.A. in General and Comparative History and Ph.D. in Anthropology).

Tamás Krausz is an internationally renowned scholar of the Soviet and Russian history in the 20th century, with a special focus on left-wing intellectual history. His book entitled Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize 2015. He has acted as a founding member of the journal Eszmélet (Consciousness) in 1989, which ever since has provided a unique forum in Hungary to discuss left-wing theoretical issues. He has accomplished an impressive theoretical and organizational work to keep the left-wing thought alive in Eastern Europe and in Hungary. He is editor of a wide range of books in Russian and in Hungarian, and he has published extensively on issues related to the theory of socialism in English, Russian and Hungarian. He has acted as Professor and Head of Department of Eastern European History at Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest until his retirement, when he earned the title Professor Emeritus. Currently, he is also head of the Doctoral Programme of the Department, where he has established a strong school of doctoral students.

Gavin Rae is a sociologist and activist living in Warsaw. He has written extensively on political and economic events in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. He is a co-founder of the Polish Transform group: Forward (Naprzód).

Moderator – Radhika Desai is Professor at the Department of Political Studies. She is the Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She is the convenor of the International Manifesto Group. Her books include Capitalism, Coronavirus and War: A Geopolitical Economy (2023), Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev ed, 2004) and Intellectuals and Socialism: ‘Social Democrats’ and the Labour Party (1994), a New Statesman and Society Book of the Month.

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