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    Harvest day: Book presentations

    Advanced seminar arranged by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University

    Speaker: Andrej Kotljarchuk, Södertörn University.

    Commentator: Yulia Gradskova, Södertörn University.

    Book: Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Stalin’s Soviet Union: New Dimensions of Research, ed. by Andrej Kotljarchuk and Olle Sundström (Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2017).

    This anthology presents studies of Stalinism in the ethnic and religious borderlands of the Soviet Union. The authors not only cover hitherto less researched geographical areas, but have also addressed new questions and added new source material. Most of the contributors to this anthology use a micro-historical approach. With this approach, it is not the entire area of the country, with millions of separate individuals that are in focus but rather particular and cohesive ethnic and religious communities. Micro-history does not mean ignoring a macro-historical perspective. What happened on the local level had an all-Union context, and communism was a European-wide phenomenon. This means that the history of minorities in the Soviet Union during Stalin’s rule cannot be grasped outside the national and international context; aspects which are also considered in this volume. The chapters of the book are case studies on various minority groups, both ethnic and religious. In this way, the book gives a more complex picture of the causes and effects of the state-run mass violence during Stalinism. The publication is the outcome of a multidisciplinary international research network lead by Andrej Kotljarchuk (Södertörn University, Sweden) and Olle Sundström (Umeå University, Sweden) and consisting of specialists from Estonia, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and the United States. These scholars represent various disciplines: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History and the History of Religions.


    Speaker: Yuliya Yurchuk, Södertörn University.

    Commentator: Florence Fröhlig, Södertörn University.

    In the chapter “Reclaiming the Past, Confronting the Past: OUN-UPA Memory Politics and Nation-Building in Ukraine (1991-2016)” (in: War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, ed. Julie Fedor,
    Markku Kangaspuro, Jussi Lassila, and Tatiana Zhurzhenko, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2017) I am analysing the formation of memory politics in Ukraine from the beginning of 1990s with specific focus on the history of nationalist movement which was active during the WWII. Here I show that throughout the period of Ukrainian recent history there was constant tension between two approaches to the past – one aiming to establish national history in direct contrast to the Soviet narrative of the past and another aiming to
    establish national history that takes a reflexive approach to the multiplicity of roles played by the people of Ukraine.

    In “Intellectuals in times of troubles: Between empowerment and disenchantment during the Orange Revolution and Euromaidan” (co-authored with Alla Marchenko, in: Traitors, Collaborators and Deserters in Contemporary European Politics of Memory. Formulas of Betrayal, ed. Narvselius and Grinchenko, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, 2017, pp. 141-168) we present an analysis of intellectuals’ narratives on betrayal in the most transformative periods of recent Ukrainian history—the Orange Revolution and the Euromaidan protests. While it was observed that after both these revolutions the people’s attitudes oscillated between two polarities of great expectations and great disillusionments, we analyse the narratives of betrayal through the concept of disenchantment. The analysis shows that disenchantment can be an empowering device, which serves as a push for the search for internal powers and capabilities. At the same time, we also observed that some groups of Ukrainian people were dismissed by intellectuals as betrayers or not sufficiently capable
    of acting in accordance with intellectuals’ ideals.

    Chair of the seminar: Julia Malitska, Södertörn University.

    Tid och plats

    När: måndag 16 april kl. 13:00-15:00

    Vad: högre seminarium

    Var: Room MA 796, CBEES, Söderörn University

    Arrangeras av: the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska