IWMpost 127 out now!

The cover of IWMPost 127.

The latest issue of the IWM's magazine, IWMpost, is now available in both digital and hard copies. “History and memory” make up the central focus of this issue. 

Robert Skidelsky illustrates how questions of interpretation and positionality have pushed the claim of objective reconstruction of the past into the background in the mainstream understanding of history. His essay provided the inspiration for the cover of this issue which shows a statue of King Leopold II of Belgium in Ghent that was smeared with red paint and removed just as the country was about to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Congo's independence. The other essays in this focus address the official politics of memory (Sergei MedvedevNikolai Antoniadis), the difficulty but also the need to confront the unpleasant aspects of one's own past (Teresa ReiterJerko Bakotin), the problems of critical historians in authoritarian regimes (Felix Ackermann) and the function of memorial sites and monuments (Iryna Sklokina). 

Other contributions shed light on the severe consequences of the pandemic among socially vulnerable groups such as migrants and prisoners (Giorgia DonàPaula BanarjeeEric Reinhart), address contemporary capitalism (Branco MilanovicMariana MazzucatoAlbena AzmanovaPedro Perfeito da Silva), deal with current challenges to liberalism (Judy DempseyMichael Igantieff) and Russia's and China's relationship to the West and the international order (Volha BiziukovaThomas Eder), and honor Marcin Król, a long-time friend of the IWM who sadly passed away last November (Ivan VejvodaMarci ShoreTim Snyder). 

Click here to see the full contents, and to read IWMpost 127.