Public Lecture in Vienna on the Hungarian Democratic Opposition

Victoria Harms (c) PATTERNS Lectures

“From Apartment Parties to Party Politics: The Hungarian Democratic Opposition”,
a lecture by Victoria Harms, PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the History Department of the University of Pittsburgh.

5th guest lecture and workshop within the series „LECTURES ON THE SECOND PUBLIC SPHERE. Contributions to Performance and Intermedia Art in Eastern Europe” organized by Katalin Cseh, University of Vienna, Philological and Cultural Sciences, Theatre-, Film and Media Studies, Austria.

The memory of the crushed revolution (1956) played an important role for the new opposition that emerged in the mid-70s. The lecture addresses the structural difficulties and the development of dissident thought throughout the seventies and eighties. Apartment lectures and private get-togethers forged ties among intellectuals, activists, artists, and samizdat publishers that soon came to be known as the Democratic Opposition. Polarization and the legacy of ’56 both paved and warped Hungary’s road to a democratic transformation in 1989/90.

Date: 3 June 2013, 15:15 – 16:45
Location: Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft, University of Vienna, Hofburg, Batthyanystiege, 1010 Vienna, in the Jura Soyfer-Saal

This event takes place in the frame of PATTERNS Lectures.