[PAST EVENT] Beholden to Space: Triangulating Stalinism in Contemporary Belarus

September 26, 2013
Washington Hall, Room 201
241 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
The talk is taking a close look at public debates associated with several historical sites located on the outskirts of the Belarusian capital. One is the Khatyn memorial, built near Minsk in the 1960s to commemorate the victims of the Great Patriotic War. Another is the Kuropaty gravesite that hides bodies of people executed in 1937-1941. My final site is a new theme park The Stalin Line that was opened in 2005 on the place of a historical fortification structure created shortly before the Second World War. Each site is linked with the Stalinist legacy; each offers its own way of dealing with this past today.

Sponsored by the Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and Global Studies Programs.