When the Future Came: Perestroika and the Break-down of the Soviet Union in Post-Soviet Textbooks

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Room 4219 B, Gamla torget 6, Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Professor Li Bennich-Björkman (Department of Government & IRES, Uppsala University) and Dr Sergiy Kurbatov (Institute of Higher Education, National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine)
  • Organiser: The Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) in cooperation with Uppsala Forum
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Seminarium

You are kindly invited to attend a seminar on the book project “When the Future Came: Perestroika and the Break-down of the Soviet Union in Post-Soviet Textbooks”. The volume is edited by Li Bennich-Björkman (Uppsala University) and Sergiy Kurbatov (National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine). Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

This presentation will analyze discourse on Perestroika and related events in the framework of official narratives in textbooks that target pupils and students at different educational levels, including university. How is the common Soviet past during Perestroika covered in different textbook narratives of countries that became independent after the collapse of the USSR in 1991? What are the main differences between interpretations of the main events of Perestroika in official versions of Belarusian, Moldovan, Russian and Ukrainian school and university history courses? Did political developments influence the view of history in relation to Perestroika in the above-mentioned states?

This seminar will attempt to answers these and related questions and consider comments, critique and suggestions from the audience. The seminar is conducted by Professor Li Bennich-Björkman (Department of Government & IRES, Uppsala University) and Dr Sergiy Kurbatov (Institute of Higher Education, National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine).

“When the Future Came” is one of the main results of the project “Internationalization and Implementation of Western Educational Standards in the Post-Soviet States: From Building a Network toward Joint Research”. The project was supported by the Swedish Institute with grants from the Visby Program (2011-2014). Project activities were conducted by scholars from Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Sweden, and Ukraine.