Opening and Welcome Reception

Date / Time: Thursday, 31 August, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, reception afterwards

Venue: Corvinus University, Lecture Room 4 and Auditorium

With a festive conference ceremony, ENIUGH welcomes the participants of the congress. Short welcoming speeches will be given by the local organizers and supporting institutions as well as by the presidents of ENIUGH and NOGWHISTO, which is the international association of world and global history organisations. We are very glad that Tamás Krausz has taken up our invitation to give the opening keynote lecture.

 

Words of Welcome: 

Attila Tasnádi, Scientific Vice Rector, Corvinus University

Attila Melegh, Corvinus University

Michael Ignatieff, Rector and President, Central European University

Nadia Al-Bagdadi, Central European University 

Pál Fodor, Director General, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Attila Pók, Deputy Director, Institute of History at the Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Katja Naumann, President of ENIUGH

Jie-Hyun Lim, President of NOGWHISTO

 

Keynote lecture: 

Tamás Krausz, Eötvös-Loránd-University Budapest

“Lenin on global history and the global historiography on Lenin” 

The liberal and conservative historiographies have in common the way they approach Lenin’s thinking about historical development: both decompose, disconnect and “deconstruct” Lenin’s “legacy”, and neglect the original historical and intellectual context of Lenin’s objectives, analyses and intellectual heritage. The omission of the actual context results in the construction of narratives of “violence” and “thirst for power”. From this methodological and theoretical framework Lenin’s analyses of history lose their original significance and are presented as mere rationalization of his direct political goals and interests. Lenin used Marx’s concepts, terminology and his social formation theory as the starting point of his analysis through which he reconstructed his theory for the interpretation of Russian capitalism and the global historical development. Albeit Lenin simplified some relationships, and “politicized” the theory, his intention was clear: he interpreted historical processes using the historical method of Marxist analysis. He contributed a lot to the understanding of the great historical questions of his age.  What was at stake in this historical debate has been decisive with regard to alternatives of his age in two aspects. Firstly, he carefully studied to what extent the “specificities of the Russian historical development” showed common and distinctive features when compared to the “Western” and “Eastern” models. Literature from Herzen to Dostoevsky, from Kovalevsky to Klyuchevsky, from Marx to the young Lenin was engaged in the understanding of the particularities of the new form of modern development, each drawing political inferences in line with their convictions. Secondly, in the period of the World War I Lenin invested much energy in defining the historical and political structure of the “world system”. The actuality of these two sets of questions is reflected in the debates in the more forward looking modern historiography, too. In its attempts to a global interpretation of history in the 1960es historiography in the West and in the East reflected Lenin's views on history. Since then Lenin's "narrative" has been dismissed from the interpretation of global history even though it is groundless from a historical viewpoint. It is worth thinking about its reasons.

The speaker will be introduced by Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam.

Following the lecture we invite all participants to join us at a reception in the aula. The reception will be opened by László Csicsmann, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Corvinus University.

 

Please note:

The opening ceremony and reception is open only to those participants who have picked up their badges beforehand at the registration desk. Registration opens on Thursday, 31 August at 1:00 pm, and will be situated centrally at Corvinus University.

The entry to this event is open and free to all congress participants. For organizational reasons we however kindly ask you to notify us, if you intend to participate. You can either do this during the process of registration or by sending us an e-mail to congress(at)eniugh.org.