University of Oxford

Subcultures as Integrative Forces in East-Central Europe, 1900-present


East-Central Europe is a prime example of a region shaped by ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity. It has also witnessed some of the most dramatic social and political upheavals in 20th century history, with results that remain acutely relevant.

This 4-year, AHRC-backed project at the University of Oxford (2012-16) uses an experimental definition of the term ‘sub-cultures’ to advance research into the formation, definition and contestation of ‘cultural identity’ in the region – a subject of continued import in the Humanities and political discussion alike. 

Our aim is to offer a valuable new way of understanding simultaneous forms of identification in the region, with relevance within and beyond academic research. The project involves scholars and specialists across disciplines, through a variety of academic and broader outreach events, resulting in a number of new publications. Simultaneously, the project comprises four comparative micro-studies that will run for its duration.


We define ‘sub-cultures’ as groups with wider, hybrid forms of cultural self-expression more


We will explore this definition through a series of parallel and contrastive case more