Socialisms and Postsocialisms in a Global Context forum

Convened by: Dace Dzenovska & Nicolette Makovicky

We are very pleased to announce the schedule of the Socialisms and Postsocialisms in a Global Context “work-in-progress” forum for Hilary 2020.

Socialisms and Postsocialisms in a Global Context is a forum for sharing and discussing work with colleagues working on resonant themes. It is also a shared space for intellectual conversation about the contributions the studies of socialism and postsocialism can make in and across different disciplines – anthropology, history, socio-legal studies, sociology, political science and international relations. We are particularly interested in thinking about what insights derived from studies of socialism and postsocialism can offer with regard to understanding the current historical moment.

We do not consider socialism and postsocialism to be a geographically delimited area of inquiry, but understand it as global and diverse phenomenon and therefore invite participation of faculty and students across disciplinary and regional expertise. We particularly welcome advanced DPhil students who want to share their research and ideas in a constructive and supportive environment. The group is convened through a collaboration between faculty members affiliated with the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies and the School Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, but is open to all interested faculty and graduate students. Information about upcoming events will be circulated through the RSC and COMPAS mailing lists. If you would like to present your work in future sessions, please send an email to Dace Dzenovska.

The first event will welcome Sofia Gavrilova from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. Sofia Gavrilova will present a book proposal based on her recently defended thesis on the history of kraevedcheskie (regional history) museums.  The proposed book is the first monograph fully dedicated to these unique (post) Soviet museums and the specific form of knowledge they represent – kraevedenie. The proposed book covers the Soviet period of centralisation, when the majority of the exposition principles were set, as well as the current life of museums in more than ten regions across Russia. The book examines the main exposition patterns of the museums today and trace their development back to the Soviet period.


Full details about COMPAS can be found here.


We look forward to an exciting conversation!