Wednesday, 24 October

10:00-11:00 Guided tour at the Slavonic Library of the National Library of Finland

12:00- Registration and information desk open
Launching of the photo exhibitions
Venue: Small Hall, University of Helsinki Main Building, 4th floor, Fabianinkatu 33

13:00-13:30 Opening Ceremony
Opening words by Dr. Katalin Miklossy, chair of the organising committee and Professor Markku Kangaspuro, Director of the Aleksanteri Institute
Ceremonial speaker: Professor emerita Marju Lauristin, Tartu University

13:30-15:00 Plenary Session I
Professor Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard University: From Communism to Authoritarianism via Democracy. The Puzzle of Political Transformations in East Central Europe
Professor Katrin Voltmer, University of Leeds: What democracy? Contesting the meaning of democracy during regime transformations

15:00-15:30 Coffee

15:30-17:00 Panel session I 

17:15-18:45 Panel session II

19:00-21:00 Reception hosted by the University of Helsinki

Thursday, 25 October

09:00- Registration and information desk open

09:00-10:30 Panel session III

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-12:30 Plenary session II
Professor Veljko Vujačić, European University at St. Petersburg: The Persistent Appeal of Nationalism
Professor Susan Reid, Loughborough University: ’Palaces in Our Hearts’:  Caring for Khrushchevki

12:30-13:45 Lunch break

13:45-15:15 Panel session IV

15:30-17:00 Panel session V

17:15-18:15 Cultural event
Venue: ThinkCorner of the University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 4

18:30-20:00 Reception hosted by the City of Helsinki

Friday, 26 October

09:30- Registration and information desk open

09:30-11.00 Panel session VI

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Panel session VII

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30 -16:00 Plenary session III
Dr Maria Mälksoo, Brussels School of International Studies/University of Kent: The Return of ‘Eastern Europe’ as a Normative Threat
Professor Stephen Hutchings, University of Manchester: Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: From Cold War to ‘Information War’?

16:00-16:30 Closing Ceremony

Panel sessions will last 90 minutes each:
Panellists: 15-20 minutes each
Discussant: 10 minutes

The chair will introduce the panel and its participants. Each panellist will have a maximum of 15-20 minutes for their presentations. The discussant will have 10 minutes to give their comments. The papers will be circulated amongst the panel chairs and discussants prior to the conference.

Roundtables will also last 90 minutes. Please be mindful of the time constraints and the fair allocation of time between participants.

The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately, no translation can be provided.

There is a PC and a projector in every lecture hall.