POSTPONED! Our Reality and Theirs: Existential Resistance and the Path to Pluralism in Soviet Western Borderlands

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
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  • Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 018 471 1630
  • Föreläsning

The seminar is postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. More info is coming.

Were the Baltics and Western Ukraine, Soviet Union's most western outposts, in any way different from their eastern counterparts? If so, in what way and how has this legacy influenced their transition to democracy and market economy? Professor Li Bennich-Björkman presents her perspective on the issue.

The seminar is postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. More info is coming.

What did the Soviet's western border areas - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Western Ukraine - carry with them in the form of social experiences, cultural dispositions and human resources, when Mikhail Gorbachev declared in 1985 that the vast and multinational Soviet Union would be reformed? How did these experiences and resources influence the liberalization that perestroika and glasnost entailed, and the radical institutional change that followed in the form of the transition to democracy and the market economy? These two questions, which civil, human, resources created during the last - sometimes called post-Stalinist - decades during the Soviet era and how, and to what extent, they came to influence the events of post-1985, are at the heart of the book-project discussed in this talk.