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2006 Indiana Roundtable on Post-Communism

"Public Spaces"

Preparatory Reading Materials:


Public Roundtable
Thursday, March 30, 2006
4:00 - 6:00pm
IMU Oak Room
Chair: Maria Bucur-Deckard
Commentators: Jeff Wasserstrom (IU History) and Tom Gieryn (IU Sociology)

Follow-up faculty-grad student seminar
Friday, March 31, 2006
9:30 - 11:00am
IMU Distinguished Alumni Room
Chair: Sarah Friedman


A public roundtable is featured on Thursday afternoon with a follow-up working session on Friday for faculty and graduate students. The roundtable focuses on a question that is circulated in advance to the roundtable panelists. Each panelist prepares a 1000-word statement in response to a brief (150-200 word) “provocation”—a statement and series of questions. This question and brief initial responses by each panelist are posted in advance, so that all who attend the roundtable are familiar with the core question and the positions of the panelists. At the Roundtable, on the Thursday afternoon panel, the chair will introduce the themes and questions of the panel, the participants, and will then ask two commentators to speak for 10-15 minutes, after which each panel presenter will have 10 minutes to address the questions posed by the commentator and to comment on other papers on that panel. Our practice is to designate as commentators scholars who can broaden the multidisciplinary and comparative reach of the panel rather than people who replicate the expertise of the three main panelists. After this the floor is open for discussion. To encourage continued discussion of these themes in a more informal fashion, we continue the Roundtable on Friday morning. At this session we will ask one of the organizers to summarize the issues raised on Thursday afternoon and then invite the audience to make comments or ask questions of the panelists, allowing for several sets of questions and comments before returning to the main guests. In the past this format has ensured lively participation by our attendees, our graduate students in particular.

Biographical Information about Speakers:

Deborah S. Davis, Yale University, personal home page
Judit Bodnár, Central European University, personal home page
Alaina M. Lemon, University of Michigan, personal home page


Russian and East European Institute, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the Center for the Study of Global Change, the East Asian Studies Center, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Sociology, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Office of International Programs