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Dr Nigel Swain PhD

Lecturer, Eastern Europe in Twentieth Century History

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    Nigel Swain graduated in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 1973. His PhD, also from Cambridge, examined the social and economic forces underlying Hungary's relatively successful collectivisation of agriculture. In the 1980s he worked outside the academic sector as a computer programmer and systems analyst, but returned to university life after the Berlin Wall was breached.

    Personal Distinctions

    • The Fate of Peasant Parties during Socialist Transformation (Invitation to Speak, Johann-Gottfried-Herder-Research Council & Research Centre for East Central European Social and Economic History, Viadrina University, Frankfurt (Oder) 2009)
    • 1989 and its aftermath (Keynote Speech, Liverpool Hope University 2009)
    • 1989 and its aftermath: some reflections (Keynote Speech, Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow 2009)
    • Transcending Ethnic Conceptions of Cross-Border Space (Invitation to Speak, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University & Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan 2009)
    • Paper giver (Fate of Peasant Parties during Socialist Transformation) & Session organiser (N6) (Invitation to Speak, International Economic History Association 2009)
    • Keynote speech (Keynote Speech, Dept of Central and Eastern European Studies 2009)
    • Collectivisations compared (Invitation to Speak, Central European University, Berlin College for the Comparative History of Europe, 2008)
    • Reform of Land Property Rights in Eastern European Transitional Countries: Problems and Prospects (Invitation to Speak, Rural Development Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 2008)
    • Invitation to act as external advisor for international agrarianism research project (Research Centre for Economic and Social History of East Central Europe, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) - Germany 2007)
    • Invitation to participate in international research project on collectivisation (Central European University, Budapest and Berliner Kolleg für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas 2006)
    • Invitation to participate in Balzan research project (Birkbeck College, London 2005)
    • From Kolkhoz to Holding Company: the Transformation of a Hungarian TVE? (Invitation to Speak, Rural Development Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China 2004)
    • Socialist Legacies and Transition (Invitation to Speak, College of Economics, Ritsumeikan University, Kyōto 2004)
    • The Past in the Post-Socialist Present (Invitation to Speak, Kansai Hungarian Society, the Association of Comparative Economic Studies (Japan) 2003)
    • Visiting fellowship (10 months) (Competitive Fellowship, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan 2003)

    Administrative Roles

    • Director of the MA in Twentieth Century History, School Socrates Co-ordinator and Director of the Centre for Central and Eastern European Studies

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