Conference reports

Political participation during and after the pandemic. A mixed picture

The two-day conference “Political Participation in Central and Eastern Europe during the Pandemic” discussed how the profile of participants and political participation did change compared to the pre-pandemic situation and highlighted the variation in the modes of political representation in Central and Eastern European countries.

By Olena Podolian and Sergiu Gherghina January 24, 2022

Territory, state and nation. The geopolitics of Rudolf Kjellén

The topic for the workshop was “Great powers and small states — Rudolf Kjellén’s Baltic geopolitical visions and the role of democracy.” Participants responded enthusiastically to this specialized but inclusive topic, addressing the history of the legendary — but often ostracized — political scientist and father of terminology and theories of geopolitics and biopolitics, Rudolf Kjellén (1864–1922).

By Oscar Nygren January 24, 2022

Atomic heritage: Examining materiality, colonialism, and the speculative time of nuclear legacies

At the 4-days conference Atomic Heritage an international group of speakers discussed the legacies and geographies of nuclear cultures in sites ranging from Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, certain Pacific Islands, France, the UK, Sweden, the USA, and Germany -- to name but a few.

By Thomas Keating January 24, 2022

Forgetting and Un-forgetting: 30 years of the USSR’s fall and Sergei Loznitsa

The month of December began with three days of a much-awaited Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of the USSR’s Fall with the presence of film director Sergei Loznitsa in Stockholm. The Symposium, organized and realized by Professor Irina Sandormirsakaja, took place at Södertörn University and at the Swedish Film Institute between December 1-3, 2021.

By Cecilia Sá Cavalcante Schuback December 14, 2021

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

The roundtable ”Urban Space in Transition after the Collapse of the USSR” arranged at CBEES September 21, 2021 by Irina Seits, offered perspectives on the approaches to architectural heritage, and the ways memory is made and remade in urban spaces after the dissolution of the USSR, in four examples from both Moscow and St. Petersburg.

By Vasileios Kitsos October 29, 2021

Art, Gender and Protest

The participants in the round-table included artists and researchers performing and/or studying art-activism in Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. Some of the participants also position themselves as feminist activists. The participants were invited to reflect in advance on several questions that were aimed to create a common ground and inspiration for the participants.

By Yulia Gradskova and Martin Englund September 28, 2021

ROUNDTABLE USSR 30 YEARS: RUSSIA FROM THE OUTSIDE – THE EUROPEAN FAR-RIGHT LOOKS EAST

What role does Russia play for the contemporary far-right movement? How is Russia perceived “from the outside” (here meaning Eastern Europe)? These questions were discussed in the online roundtable on June 10, “Invitation: Russia from the Outside: The European Far Right looks East, 1991-2021” with four speakers who shared the views of Russia from their own national contexts in from Ukraine, Slovakia and Poland.

By Sofia Beskow September 7, 2021

Inheriting the Pandora Box: Environmental Impacts of the Soviet Industrial Legacy

The roundtable “Inheriting the Pandora Box: Environmental Impacts of the Soviet Industrial Legacy”, explored the relevance of the Soviet environmental legacy for the way we as a society understand our relationship to the environment today.

By Tatiana Sokolova, Wouter Blankestijn and Ksenia Zakharova June 15, 2021

The Russian Industrial Legacy: The blind faith in big science and technocratic solutions and the absence of a vibrant civil society

“Inheriting the Pandora Box: Environmental Impacts of the Soviet Industrial Legacy”, was a Roundtable arranged May 26, 2021, at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University. Here follows a brief summary of the event from the social studies' perspectives, while a longer report from the environmental studies' perspectives also can be found at this website.

By Vasileios Kitsos June 14, 2021

Legislating Memory: From Memory Laws to Transitional Justice

Two panels on memory laws were arranged the same day as part of the annual series of on USSR 30 years after (1991-2021). The panel “Dealing with the totalitarian past: Laws on memory and legislation” took up how different countries have approached the Soviet past in legislation and by “memory laws”. The panel “Memory laws: an interregional perspective on commemoration and legislation” followed this theme up. An aspect discussed throughout the whole event was the Western vs. Eastern models of memory laws.

By Cagla Demirel and Martin Englund June 13, 2021