Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
History, Memory and Politics of the Past Project
History is alive as almost never before in international affairs. War crimes tribunals, truth commissions and other attempts to expose and deal with the past are proliferating. The History, Memory, and Politics of the Past Project will explore how various countries have approached and/or are now dealing with difficult aspects of their past. The Project covers all the regions of the world and different time periods in the recent history. It includes a lecture and film series, conferences, and other related events. The lecture series features speakers from GW, the Washington area, the broader US, and beyond. We often co-sponsor events with the National Security Archive and with the Sigur Center's Project on Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia.
Two of the Institute's faculty members are currently focusing their research in this field. Professor Hope M. Harrison of the History Department is working on a book examining political and popular debates in Germany about how to depict and commemorate the history of the Berlin Wall. She also teaches a master's course, Hist. 251, on the uses and misuses of history in international affairs. Professor Mary Beth Stein of the Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures is researching individual memory and public history at Berlin's Hohenschoenhausen Memorial Museum (the main prison of the former East German secret police, or Stasi).
University Seminars on History, Memory and Politics
In January 2009 , IERES hosted a University Seminar on History, Memory and Politics, "Working with and on Memory in Iraq." Previous events held include"The Bombing of Dresden," "The Problems of Decommunization and Retrospective Justice in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Look," "History, Memory and Politics in Russia: A Multidisciplinary Approach" and "History, Memory and Politics in Germany: A Multidisciplinary Approach." For further information, please contact Professor Hope M. Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The George Washington University Seminars program was established in 1985 to foster sustained discussion of issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries among members of the GW faculty and their distinguished counterparts in universities, research centers, federal agencies, international organizations, and private industries throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The goal of the Seminars is to connect the research and inquiry activities of the academy with the major institutions of society, thereby ensuring a sharing of information. For more information on the University Seminar, please click here.
State-Business Relations in Russia: What Accounts for Regional Variation?
Thursday, December 12, 4:00-5:00
Film Screening: White Mountains
Thursday, December 12, 6:30-8:30
Assistant Director Robert Orttung and Visiting Scholar Sufian Zhemukhov co-author article on the Sochi Olympics and Russia's civil society.
Visiting Scholar Jean-Francois Ratelle comments on Russia's new anti-terrorist law and its impact on insurgency.
Professor Marlene Laruelle authors book Russia's Arctic Strategies and the Future of the Far North.
Professor Harris Mylonas quoted in article on the Golden Dawn.
Professor Henry Farrell co-authors article on U.S. foreign policy and security leaks in Foreign Affairs.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung writes about the Kremlin and Russian NGOs.
Professor Marlene Laruelle authors piece on the Kremlin's conservative ideology.
Voice of America writes about IERES event on the impact of the financial crisis on the European periphery [in Greek].
Associate Director Cory Welt interviewed by Voice of Russia on the role of missile defense in US-Russian relations.