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210090 VO BAK15: SpezialVO East European Studies (2021S)

Nation building, transitional justice and mnemonic conflicts in the post-Soviet space

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
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Aims, contents and method of the course

Thirty years after the disintegration of the USSR, the former Soviet republics demonstrate increasingly diverse trajectories of political development. At the same time, in all of the post-Soviet countries the new national elites use historical narratives, myths and symbols as important instruments of nation building to forge a sense of historical continuity and common cultural identity. Post-Soviet societies also face a challenge of dealing with the Soviet legacy of state violence in order to restore social trust and build a democratic system of government. State-sponsored politics of history as well as grassroots initiatives coming from various mnemonic actors and communities of memory increasingly re-shape the political landscape in post-Soviet countries while disputes about the past have growing impact on the interstate relations in the region. The aim of this course is to introduce students into the main concepts and approaches used in studies of memory politics (e.g. memory regime, transitional justice, mnemonic security) and to deepen their knowledge about political processes in the post-Soviet space. The course focuses on Russia, Ukraine and Belarus but examples from the Baltic States, South Caucasus and Central Asia will also be used. Each session will consist of a one-hour lecture followed by a discussion. The lectures will be given in digital form. All contents (videos, PowerPoint presentations, literature etc.) will be provided via Moodle. To pass the course, regular attendance is highly recommended.

Assessment and permitted materials

Digital written exam. The exam will be held in digital form in Moodle (not in presence). Students will download exam forms with open questions and upload them with their answers. The answers have to be given within 120 minutes (90 min. for writing the answers plus 2 x 15 min. for downloading / converting into PDF and uploading). The dates for the exam will be announced on Moodle. Please do not forget to register in time.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The digital written exam consists of four open questions to be answered each in form of a short essay. Up to 25 points can be received for each answer. For a positive result a minimum of 51 points is required.

Grades:
00-50 points: Nicht Genügend
51-70 points: Genügend
71-80 points: Befriedigend
81-90 points: Gut
91-100 points: Sehr Gut

Examination topics

Contents of the lectures and assigned readings. Power point presentations of the lectures will be put on Moodle, as well as recommended texts (those obligatory for the exam will be marked by ***).

Reading list

Selected readings:

- Bernhard, Michael H. and Jan Kubik (eds.)2014, Twenty Years After Communism: The Politics of Memory and Commemoration, Oxford UP.
- Horne Cynthia M. and Lavinia Stan (eds.),2018, Transitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union: Reviewing the Past, Looking toward the Future, Cambridge UP.
- Shevel, Oxana 2016, No Way Out? Post-Soviet Ukraine’s Memory Wars in Comparative Perspective, in: Henry Hale and Robert Orttung (eds.), Beyond the Euromaidan: Comparative Perspectives on Advancing Reform in Ukraine, Stanford UP 2016, pp. 21-40.
- Mälksoo, Maria 2015, "Memory Must be Defended’: Beyond the Politics of Mnemonical Security, in: Security Dialogue 46.3, pp. 221-237.
- Onken, Eva-Clarita 2007, The Baltic States and Moscow's 9 May Commemoration: Analysing Memory Politics in Europe, in: Europe-Asia Studies 59.1, pp. 23-46.
- Julie Fedor et al., 2017, War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

A full list of texts relevant for the written exam will be put on Moodle

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