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210126 VO M9: SpezialVO East European Studies (2018W)

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

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft

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Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 11.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 18.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 25.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 08.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 15.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 22.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 29.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 06.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 13.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 10.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 17.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 24.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 31.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal 1 (H1), NIG 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Almost thirty years after the disintegration of the USSR, the former Soviet republics demonstrate increasingly diverse trajectories of political development. However, 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. To pass the course, regular attendance is highly recommended.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam. No aids allowed. The dates for the exam will be announced on Moodle. Please do not forget to register in time.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For the written exam, students will have to choose one of three essay questions related to the content of the course and to answer 5 factual questions.

Examination topics

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

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

Association in the course directory

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