Conference “Disclosing Invisible Society”

2014-11-26 16:04

International Conference

Disclosing Invisible Society:

Informal and Concealed Social Networks under Communism

5 – 6 December 2014, Vilnius

Venue: Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vokiečių g. 10

Friday, 5 December
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee
9:00 – 9:15 OpeningInga Vinogradnaitė, Research Director, Institute of International of Relations and Political Science

Ainė Ramonaitė, leader of the research project “Invisible Society of Soviet-era Lithuania: The Revision of Distinction between Systemic and Non-systemic Social Networks“


9.15 – 10:00 Keynote Address

John Skvoretz, University of South Florida, President of the International Network for Social Network Analysis

Structural Signatures and Hidden Networks:  Statistical Models for Social Networks in Totalitarian Social Orders

10:00 – 11.15 Session 1. Unveiling the Structure of Underground Society 
Jan Olaszek, The Institute of National Remembrance, Warsaw UniversityBetween Trust and Distrust. The Underground “Solidarity” as a Trust NetworkAinė Ramonaitė, Valdemaras Klumbys and Rytė Kukulskytė, Vilnius UniversityExplaining the Success of Secret Societies: The Structure of Samizdat Networks in Soviet Lithuania
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00 Crack (in) the Soviet Monolith: the Nature of Social Agencies in Force?Joint Round Table Discussion with the 5th Vilnius Symposium of Soviet and Late Soviet Issues Moderated by Vilius Ivanauskas (Lithuanian Institute of History)Interventions by Nerija Putinaitė (Vilnius University), David Beecher (UC Berkeley), Rasa Baločkaitė (Vytautas Magnus University), Jūratė Kavaliauskaitė (Vilnius University), Martins Kapran (Tartu University), Violeta Davoliūtė (Vilnius University), Felix Ackermann (European Humanities University 
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14.30 –  16.00 Session 2. Acting in Secret: Samizdat Networks and Religious UndergroundChair: Arūnas Streikus
Monika Kareniauskaitė, Vilnius University“Samizdat” Networks in Communist Lithuania: Repressed Deviants or Developers of Alternative Public Discourse? Katarzyna Korzeniewska, University of BialystokCatholic Clandestine Activities of the 70s and 80s Lithuania, or How Formal is Informality?Mateusz Fałkowski, Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

Networks of Contention under Repressive Conditions. The Case Study of CDN Underground Publishing House


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16.30 –  18.00 Session 3. How to “Drop out of the System“? Lifestyle as a Trajectory of NonconformismChair: Jonas Öhman 
Li Bennich-Björkman, University of Uppsala; Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian StudiesExistential Resistance and the Transition to Pluralism in the Soviet WestJūratė Kavaliauskaitė, Vilnius UniversityCraving for the Road (Out): Uneasy Alternative of the Urban Sub-Cultural Milieu in Late Soviet LithuaniaAinė Ramonaitė and Rytė Kukulskytė, Vilnius University

Building Affirmative Alternative and Staying Visible? Camouflage Strategies of the Ethno-cultural Movement in Soviet Lithuania


18.00 Reception
 Saturday,  6 December
9.30 – 11.00 Session 4. Confronted by the Soviet System: Tactics of Subjugation and ConversionChair: Kęstutis Girnius
Irena Saleniece, Daugavpils UniversityConcealed Resistance Networks under Communism: Real and „Imagined” by PowerNerija Putinaitė, Vilnius UniversityPolitics of Atheization of Population in Soviet Lithuania: From Blind Ideologization to Ingratiating Loyalization Valdemaras Klumbys, Vilnius University

On the Problem of Collective Action of the Soviet Intelligentsia in Lithuania


11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00 Session 5. Networking Within the System: Informal Networks of PowerChair: Vladas Sirutavičius
Przemysław Gasztold-Seń, The Institute of National Remembrance, Warsaw UniversityBeyond Democratic Centralism: Fractions, Coteries, and Informal Party Groups within the Polish United Workers’ Party in the 80s”Michał Przeperski, Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of SciencesPatronage and Informal Networks of Power. Mieczysław F. Rakowski as a JournalistSaulius Grybkauskas, The Lithuanian Institute of History

Was the Soviet Lithuanian Nomenklatura a Ruling Clan?


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Session 6. Black Market Economy and “Blat” Networks in the Soviet Period: Notions, Structures and ConsequencesChair: Liutauras Gudžinskas
Hubert Wilk, Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of SciencesOn the Other Side of the Counter. Black Market of the Articles of Consumption in Poland in the 80Madalina Musca, National School of Political Science and Public Administration, BucharestPrivate Tutoring Phenomenon in The Socialist Romania as a Form of ResistanceKateryna Novikova, University of Euroregional Economy, Józefów

Informal Networks as Individual Social Capital: Post-Socialist Cultural Legacy or Effective Resource


Rūta Žiliukaitė, Vilnius University

Blat Relations During Soviet Period in Lithuanian Society


16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:30 Closing PanelTrapped in The Past? Legacies of Communist Networks in Post-Communist Societies

Panelists: Rustamjon Urinboyev (Lund University), Vytis Čiubrinskas (Vytautas Magnus University), Rūta Žiliukaitė (Vilnius University)


The Conference is organized as a part of the research project “Invisible Society of Soviet-era Lithuania: the Revision of Distinction between Systemic and Non-systemic Social Networks“ funded by the European Social Fund under the Global Grant measure (Nr. VP1-3.1-ŠMM-07-K-02-053)