Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

European Politics and Society Research Group

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G216b, Gibbs, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Between past and present: the dialogues on war memory in different post-Soviet contexts with speaker Professor Victoria Semenova, Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Dr Semenova is one of the co-editors and an author of the new book: Collective memories in war (Studies in European Societies series) published by Routledge in 2016. The book covers findings from the Russian-Polish collaborative project Historical memory as a mechanism of identification and socialization: comparing Russia and Poland conducted in 2009-2011 and is focussed on social memory in a variety of political, social and cultural contexts at national, community and personal level. The time span of analysis ranges from the WWII war memories to national and individuals' war memories of recent military actions, particularly the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan (1979-1989). Alongside a wide variety of data sources used in the book, the analysis is focused on reflections and perception of wars and war heroes at national, community and personal levels. The book is based on analysis of documents, biographical, visual and social media data on the memories and experiences of veterans and communities. Apart from the Russian and Polish perspectives the book also contains papers reflecting on the politics of historic memory in Germany, Czech Republic and the Ukraine. 

Paper to be presented to the European Politics and Society Research Group at Oxford Brookes University.