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1991-2021: Thirty Years After – Urban Space in Transition after the Collapse of the USSR

Join another roundtable from the whole year series USSR30! This time with focus on the urban spaces of the former Soviet cities as affected by the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

The present panel suggests discussing urban spaces of the former Soviet cities as affected by the collapse of the USSR in 1991 from a variety of perspectives. We will map and analyse the traces of the socio-economic, cultural, and political processes that led to the 1991 events in the late Soviet urban landscapes and think on the consequences of those processes, which enhanced further urban transformations of the post-Soviet space in the past thirty years.

By employing the fields of architectural history, urban theory, literary, and film studies, we will analyse the contemporary urban spaces of the former Soviet cities that embraced the 30 years after the USSR as both the memory sites of those events and as the cultural landscapes that were affected by and responded to the collapse of the USSR.


  • Vadim Bass, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, European University, St. Petersburg
    Presentation: 'Soviet, anti-Soviet – what difference does it make?’ The 2017 architectural competition for the museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad and its public perception: utilizing the past, mimicking the present
  • Olga Kazakova, Assistant Professor of Art History, School of History at the National Research University-Higher School of Economics, Moscow.
    Presentation: Cinemas of the Soviet Era in Post-Soviet Times. Between the Demolition and a Quest for New Contents.
  • Jan Levchenko, Professor of Cultural Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow.
    Presentation: Frozen vs Overcooked: Visions of Moscow in Post-Soviet Cinema
  • Irina Seits, PhD in Aesthetics, Södertörn University, Stockholm. Presentation: To Heal ot to Heat the past? Rediscovery of the Soviet and Recovery of the Pre-Soviet Architectural Heritage After the Collapse of the USSR

Moderator: Irina Seits

Following the current recommendations from the public health authorities, the session will be organised in a hybrid format with the possibility of joining it online or on-site. We kindly ask all participants joining the event on-site to respect the general recommendations External link. to reduce the possible spreading of the virus.

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Meeting ID: 675 3779 5195
Passcode: 281424

Time and place

21 September 13:00-15:00

Higher seminar

Hybrid format - online and at Södertörn University (venue: MB503), find us


Arranged by

Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES)



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