The Unifying Aspects of Cultures

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Minor Cultures, National Culture, and the Administration of Culture

Steven Totosy de Zepetnek (Boston, USA and Halle, Germany)
Culture and Culture Policy in Post-1989 Central Europe

In the paper, I begin with a general definition of the concept of Central Europe, "In-between Europe," Benedict's concept of the "imagined community," and my own concept of "in-between peripherality" and the application of postcolonial theory to Central and East Europe followed by a discussion of the current situation of culture and culture policy in selected countries of the former Soviet satellite countries such as the former DDR, Hungary, and Romania. The discussion includes aspects of culture policy of the European Union as to how such policies relate to specifics in Central Europe, with examples of the current situation of culture in Central Europe with focus on media expressions about cultural events.

THE UNIFYING ASPECTS OF CULTURES