ONLINE: Auftaktveranstaltung des Themenjahres: The End of Alternatives? The Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Global South

  • 23.03.2021
  • 15.00 Uhr
  • #30PostSovietYears

The roundtable is the starting point of a series of events consecrated to the collapse of the Soviet and its consequences for regional and global orders and actors (#30PostSovietYears). It is jointly organized by German Historical Institute Moscow, ZOiS, Körber-Stiftung, DGO, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Russia, International Memorial[*]. At the end of the roundtable-discussion Gwendolyn Sasse will shortly present the multifaceted upcoming activities and events.

The collapse of the Soviet Union had not only affected the domestic conditions of its successor states. It profoundly changed the political tectonics of the world as well as many regional orders. In Germany, the end of the largest socialist state in the world is largely associated with the unification of Germany, the dissolution of the Eastern bloc, the victory of the capitalist economic model and the integration of East and Central European members of the obsolete Warsaw pact and Comecon into the NATO and the EU. In contrast, the significance of the collapse of the Soviet Union for states, institutions, and individual actors of the Global south has been largely ignored in German public discourse. The roundtable aims at widening our conventional – German - perspective. Leading experts in the field of global studies will explore the short- and long-term effects of the Soviet collapse on politics, social and economic systems, and individual life in the Global south. We will look at specific regimes, political parties, and political thinkers, and ask what they made of the loss of the Soviet model and the connections that had been built up in previous decades. 

When: 23.03.2021 | 15.00 (CET), 17.00 (Moscow Time)

Steffi Marung (Centre for Area Studies, Leipzig University) – keynote speaker
Artemy Kalinovsky (Temple UniversityUniversity of Amsterdam)
Manuela Boatcă (Institute of Sociology, University of Freiburg)

Sandra Dahlke (German Historical Instiute in Moscow)

Gwendolyn Sasse (ZOiS)


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[*] In strict conformity to the RF Legislation (Law № 14-ФЗ 24.02.2021), we point out that the Russian Ministry of Justice has classified "Memorial International" as a foreign agent.

Picture: IMAGO / Arabian Eye Soviet-era monument in the town of Inhambane in Mozambique
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