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Florence Fröhlig

Doctoral student in ethnology at BEEGS. Her dissertation will examine the current production of memory about World War II in Europe and analyze the memorial agitation taking place around the former Soviet prison camp of Tambov and its impact on collective memories in Russia and France.

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Articles by Florence Fröhlig

  1. Turkmenistan presidential election 2017. A facade of pluralism

    On 12 February 2017, the president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, won a predictably handsome presidential election victory with a margin of 97.7% and an impressive turnout of 97.28%. At first sight it might seem like just another Soviet-style election, with a solitary contender predestined to win a plebiscitary type contest. During this election, however, the Turkmen political elite constructed a facade of pluralism by running an unprecedented nine candidates representing three political parties.

  2. Theme: Perspectives and narratives of socialist realism Introduction. Ambiguities and dogmas of the real

    This special theme focuses on the relation between realism and social or socialist realism from different angles and with examples from different countries. It consists of contributions from eight scholars who took part in the workshop: Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Karin Grelz, Aleksei Semenenko, Susanna Witt, Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, Epp Lankots, and Charlotte Bydler and Dan Karlholm.

  3. History writing in exile. Alternative stories arose

    East and Central European History Writing in Exile 1939–1989, Editors: Maria Zadencka, Andrejs Plakans, Andreas Lawaty Brill Rodopi: 2015, 433 pages.

  4. Cross-over contacts in the subarctic peripheries. Teamwork, description and synthesis

    The Barents Region: A Transnational History of Subarctic Northern Europe, Chief editor Lars Elenius. PaxForlag, Oslo, 2015, 518 pages.

  5. Gendered voices from East-Central Europe. Breaking out of the deadlock of neoliberalism vs. rightwing populism

    Solidarity in Struggle: Feminist Perspectives on Neo-liberalism in East-Central Europe, EszterKováts (ed.), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016,115 pages

  6. Aleksanteri Annual Conference 2016 LIFE & DEATH IN RUSSIA

    The Russian welfare state has undergone deep structural transformations during the last twenty-five years. The aim of the 16th Annual […]

  7. Functions of realist art in Sweden, circa 1970 Lena Svedberg & Olle Kåks

    How the realist approach during the years around 1970 played out in the force field of society and the psyche, the collective realm and the individual, is exemplified by our two very different Swedish case studies. Svedberg’s political narratives compose montages in which fictional, metaphorical figures are inserted side by side with political leaders drawn from newspaper clips. Kåks’s allegory-like oil painting shows a stone worker working in the face of his imminent disappearance. They both reveal myths as opposed to historically manifested commodity relations.

  8. Architectural history and new reality Leonhard Lapin’s textual practice

    The article discusses the writing of architectural history in Soviet Estonia in the late socialist period as a particular form of historiographic practice in which the contact between “history” and “reality” is pursued through avant-gardist practices of merging art and life. The case is built on the “historical depictions” or the short texts on the history of Estonian modern architecture written by Leonhard Lapin.

  9. Socialist realism in translation The theory of a practice

    Following the 1934 establishment of socialist realism as the main “method” to be applied in all spheres of Soviet artistic production, more particular discourses evolved addressing the issue of how the concept was to be interpreted and defined in the various fields of culture. Literary translation was no exception. This paper explores the significance of the discourse on socialist realism for Soviet translation practices and translation theory during late Stalinism.

  10. The mystery of The Blue Cup Arkadii Gaidar and socialist realism

    Arkadii Gaidar (1904–1941) is one of the most popular Soviet children’s writers and an undisputed part of the Soviet literary canon. The Pioneer organization used him as a symbol to mold young Soviet citizens, the characters from his books entered Soviet folklore, and generations of Soviet children have been brought up on his books. Nonetheless, his path from military commander to a classic of Soviet literature was far from ordinary. This paper reviews Gaidar’s work, focusing especially on the analysis of his short story The Blue Cup as the most representative of his oeuvre and of the political and literary context of the 1930s.

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