NORMEMO autumn 2022 guest lecture: Russia and the Rest. Imperial versus National Memory in the Post-Communist Space

George Soroka: Russia and the Rest. Imperial versus National Memory in the Post-Communist Space


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Memory has increasingly been legislated and securitized in recent years throughout the post-communist world. At the same time, its trans-border aspect has been emphasized more and more, as evinced in the civilizational rhetoric regarding history surrounding Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Grounded both theoretically and empirically, this talk explores the main dimensions of how Russian "imperial" memory has manifest in the post-communist region and how it has been countered by the proliferation of "national" memories among Moscow's former subalterns. 


George Soroka is Lecturer on Government at Harvard University, from where he holds a PhD in political science. His work focuses on the politics of history in the post-communist region, Arctic security, and religion and politics. He has published in a number of outlets, including East European Politics and Society, Problems of Postcommunism, Foreign Affairs, and the Journal of Democracy.


Når: 15.09.22 kl 14.15–16.00
Hvor: Zoom / Aase Hiorth Lervik room, Breiviklia, UiT
Sted: Tromsø
Målgruppe: Studenter, Gjester / eksterne, Enhet, Ansatte
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