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Museumification of the Soviet Past, or Communism in Museum

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Thomson 317

A talk by Valentyna Kharkhun

Fulbright Scholar at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University; Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Mykola Hohol State University of Nizhyn, and Senior Researcher at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

This presentation explores the role of the museum in the formation of memory about communism and defines the types of Soviet museumification. The author contends that with respect to the identification projects carried out in different European countries, the reception of communism is determined by strategies ranging from dethronement and condemnation to indirect defense of Soviet communism.

This event is co-sponsored by the UW Ukrainian Studies Endowment Committee, the Russian, East
European and Central Asian Studies Program, and the Slavic Languages & Literatures Department.