The Transformations of the Book Publishing in Post-Socialist Spaces

The Transformations of the Book Publishing in Post-Socialist Spaces (ex-USSR, post-Yugoslav space, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

A workshop organized by the Research Center Europe-Eurasia, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), Paris, France with the collaboration of the CEFRES.

Dates: Wednesday February 7 2024, from 10 am to 5 pm
Location: INALCO – Maison de la Recherche – Salle de Sacy – 2e étage (2, rue de Lille – Paris 7e)

Language: English

  • Anne Madelain (CREE, Inalco, Paris)
  • Daria Petushkova (CREE, Inalco / CESSP, EHESS)
  • Aglaé Achechova (BULAC, Paris),
  • Dmitrii Khriakov (EHESS, Paris),
  • Anne Madelain (CREE, Inalco, Paris),
  • Vanda Mikšić, Mirna Sindičić Sabljo, Željka Tonković (Université de Zadar, Croatie),
  • Bella Ostromooukhova (Eur’Orbem, Sorbonne Université, Paris),
  • Daria Petushkova (CREE, Inalco et CESSP, EHESS),
  • David Piovesan (Magellan, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3),
  • Jiřina Šmejkalová (Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship, Université Charles, Prague)
  • Anna Štičková (Masaryk University, Brno, Rep. Tchèque),
Thesis of the workshop

“The end of the socialist regimes profoundly affected the publishing industry and book distribution in the post-socialist space, including Central and Southeast Europe. Among the most visible transformations that occurred, the end of state control, the appearance of private actors (publishers, distributors, booksellers) and the influx of translations of works by Western authors can be emphasized (as substantial). These transformations have also coincided with the digital revolution that has disrupted publishing and reading practices all over the world. The full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 brought new pressure and reconfigurations.”

This workshop will bring together the authors of a multidisciplinary and comprehensive set of papers which will be published in the special issue of the open access peer-reviewed journal Connexe. Exploring Post-communist Spaces.

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image: Karolinum Bookshop, Prague, 2019 © Anne Madelain