Uppsala-Vilnius Symposium "Friends, Neighbours and Competitors within the Soviet ‘Friendship of Nations‘"
- Date: –18:15
- Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies Gamla Torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
- Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies
- Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
- Phone: 018 471 1630
Thirteen researchers within the field of Soviet social and political history will discuss horizontal ties between Soviet Republics, and the concept of the Soviet druzhba narodov both at the political and social levels. This symposium brings together scholars from Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, the US, the UK, Moldova, Georgia and Russia.
The Uppsala-Vilnius Symposium will be the first event in a new partnership between the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University and the Lithuanian Institute of History based in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Scholarly interest in centre-periphery relations issues has become increasingly popular in recent years with academic journals full of articles, for example, about the economic divide between Northern and Southern European members of the EU, the balance of power between Western and Eastern European States for governing roles in Brussels or the issue of States’ rights and federal oversight/overreach in the United States. For historians, the rigid structure of Soviet centre-periphery relations and how both Moscow attempted to maintain control and the peaceful cohesion of the Union, and the Republics attempted to claw more power from the Centre, is of enduring interest. Yet, events dedicated to the subject are not organised. The first Uppsala-Vilnius Symposium aims to change this.
The Symposium will foster academic cooperation within our discipline of Soviet history with presentations by historians chosen because of their expertise and current cutting-edge research addressing the peripheral nature of the Soviet system with the aim of extending the scope of our international networks through the combining of our resources and also the deepening of ties between our two academic institutions.
Thirteen researchers within the field of Soviet social and political history will give their papers in four thematic panels designed to facilitate discussion surrounding horizontal ties between Soviet Republics, and the concept of the Soviet druzhba narodov or ‘friendship of nations’ both at the political and social levels. This international Symposium brings together researchers from Sweden and Lithuania as well as Estonia, Latvia, the USA, the UK, Georgia, Moldova and Russia.
The event is free of charge and open to the public.
For the programme see the file below.
The symposium is organized by the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala Forum for Democracy, Peace and Justice (both at Uppsala University) and the Lithuanian Institute of History (Vilnius, Lithuania).