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Sabine Volk

ESR 4: The politics of memory in the post-socialist city (Jagiellonian University)

Sabine’s research project explores far-right populist politics of memory as well as the ritualization of counter-hegemonic protest in post-socialist eastern Germany. Specifically, she studies how the Dresden-based “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident” (PEGIDA) mobilize historical memories in the context of the thirtieth anniversaries of the 1989 East German ‘Peaceful Revolution’ and the 1990 German Reunification.

Sabine is a doctoral fellow of the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) and a member of the Working Group on Memory and Populism associated with the Memory Studies Association (MSA).

Prior to her PhD, Sabine obtained two MA’s in European Studies: one from the Erasmus Mundus Programme of Excellence ‘Euroculture’ and one from the College of Europe. Previous places of study and research include Tübingen, Groningen, Strasbourg, Indianapolis and Warsaw.

Sabine is supervised by Zdzisław Mach and Krzysztof Kowalski at the Jagiellonian University and Haris Dajč at the University of Belgrade.


Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @SabineDVolk

Work in Progress:

Monday marches, once again: Memories of the 1989 ‘Peaceful Revolution’ in the far-right populist movement PEGIDA in Dresden

Academic publications:

Blog posts:

Conferences (selection):

  • 11/2019: Europe ’89: The Promise Recalled – 30thEuropean Meeting of Cultural Journals (Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Berlin), as participant
  • 10/2019: Social Movements and Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe: Historical Legacy and Current Trends (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw), as paper presenter
    10/2019: Remembering 1989: Actors, Approaches and Audiences (Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena), as paper presenter
  • 09/2019: 1989’s Contested Legacies: The Challenging of Ideological, Institutional and (Geo)Political Heritage (University of Warsaw), as paper presenter
  • 09/2019: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference 2019 (Uniwersytet Wroclawski, Wroclaw), as paper presenter
  • 07/2019: Association française des sciences politiques (AFSP), conférence annuelle (Sciences Po Bordeaux), as paper presenter
  • 06/2019: Memory Studies Association (MSA) Annual Conference (Universidad Complutense, Madrid), as paper presenter
  • 06/2019: Council for European Studies (CES) Annual Conference (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid), as paper presenter
  • 03/2019: German Historical Institute Workshop on democracy and populism (Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris), as paper presenter
  • 08/2018: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference 2018 (Universität Hamburg), as paper presenter
  • 06/2018: European Studies and Europe: Twenty Years of Euroculture (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski Kraków), as paper presenter