I hope you are keeping well. This is a reminder that the next talk will take place via Zoom on Monday 11 May:
Dr. Uilleam Blacker: “Memory after Maidan – The politics of memory in post-revolutionary Ukraine”.
As nations are all what Benedict Anderson once called ‘imagined communities’, the collective memories and shared experiences of their members are vital to binding them together and forging their identity. Events combining both trauma and upheaval, such as the ‘Revolution of Dignity’, form powerful focal points in determining these identities. Dr Blacker will discuss how this process has unfolded in the five years after the Revolution of Dignity.
Dr. Uilleam Blacker is lecturer in the comparative culture of Russia and Eastern Europe at UCL SSEES, from which he received both his MA and his PhD. He is the author, most recently, of Memory, the City, and the Legacy of World War II in East Central Europe: The ghosts of others (2019), co-author of Remembering Katyn (2012), and co-editor of Memory and Theory in Eastern Europe (2013).
We are inviting members, their guests and non-members to book this Zoom talk in the same way they would book a physical talk. Those who book will receive an email from our Hon Secretary, Henry Pares, with a link, two days before the talk, inviting them to take part by clicking on the link. Talks cost £5 per household booking. If you would like to use a credit from a cancelled talk from the previous session, please contact me as membership secretary. We will need notification/booking that you would like to attend by Saturday 9th May at the latest so we can email you the invitation.
The timings and format will be similar to our physical talks; the speaker will address the Society for around 45 minutes, and this will be followed by a half-hour question and answer session. When participants join, we request that they mute their microphones for the whole talk. During the question and answer session, anyone wishing to ask a question, should click on the ‘Raise hand’ icon that will be visible on the screen and wait to be invited by the chairman to speak. They would at that point, unmute their microphone.
Talks will all start at 19:00 (but participants are asked to click on the Zoom link 5/10 minutes beforehand).