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Reforming Social Sciences, Humanities and Higher Education in Eastern Europe and CIS after 1991

Editor(s): Anatoli Mikhailov, Olga Breskaya

Book Description

This volume consists of articles prepared after two conferences organized by the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2011 and in 2012. The focus of both conferences was concentrated on the development of reforms and changes in higher education in the social sciences and humanities in Eastern Europe during the last two decades.

The collapse of the communist system in Eastern Europe was followed by the enormous expansion of institutions of higher learning, especially in the field of social sciences and humanities. While responding to the great need of society for the education of urgently needed specialists in this area, most of the old and the newly established universities were confronted with a lack of professionals in this field. As a consequence, the overproduction of alleged specialists especially in subjects like law, business, management, and economics, has contributed to discrediting not only knowledge in these field, but also the value of education, consequently putting at risk the processes of transformation of post-totalitarian reality.

The book addresses itself to the issues of possible steps of reforming the educational and institutional space in the Eastern European Universities.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5390-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5390-9
Date of Publication: 01/02/2014
Pages / Size: 239 / A5
Price: £44.99


Anatoli Mikhailov is Rector of the European Humanities University, Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, and member of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences. Anatoli Mikhailov holds a PhD in Philosophy, and his research interests focus on the history of German philosophy, M. Heidegger’s fundamental ontology, methodology in the humanities, and philosophy of science. He recently published “Is Philosophy Possible in the Contemporary University?” (Topos, 2012), “University in Exile: The Experience of the Twenty-First Century” (Social Research, 2009) and “Goethe, Hamann, Hegel und das Erbe des deutschen Idealismus im Detlef Ignasiak und Lindner Frank” (Goethe-Spuren: in Literatur, Kunst, Philosophie, Politik, Pädagogik und Übersetzung, 2009).

Olga Breskaya is Head of the Research Division of the European Humanities University and Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Political Sciences. She holds a PhD in Sociology, and her research interests are in sociology of religion, culture, and transformation processes in the borderlands region of Eastern Europe. She is the author of the books: Political, Linguistic, and Religious Boundaries as Distinctive Creative Space: Why New Ideas are Generated in Border Lands (with Oleg Bresky, 2012), and Individual and Corporation within Public Space (with Svetlana Suveika, 2011, in Russian), and diverse articles on value analysis of social dynamics preconditions in Eastern Europe including: “University in Belarus: the Grounds and the Prospects” (Logic in Central and Eastern Europe History, Science, and Discourse, 2012).