Siberia: Decolonization of Historical Memory

Tuesday, 11 November 2014, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library
Siberia, Russia’s Eastern frontier, is caught between contradictory images and narratives – the spirit of discovery and freedom, the Soviet modernization project, on the one hand, and tsarist despotism and the horrors of the GULAG, on the other.
In his presentation, based on rich visual material, Mikhail Rozhanskiy will talk about Siberia as a space of cultural memory. Applying the post-colonial approach he addresses  the imperial Russian and Soviet historical myths of Siberia and their transformations during the post-Soviet decades.

This seminar will be held in Russian only.

Mikhail Rozhanskiy, a historian and sociologist, is Director of the Center for Independent Social Research and Education in Irkutsk. He is an IWM Guest in November.