Former communist prisons in Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Belarus have become contested public spaces of memory. With buildings in various states of disrepair or neglect, the redevelopment of several is now being considered. But can they realistically function as both sites of remembrance and mixed-use spaces that look to the past and future simultaneously?
St. Petersburg Debate on Europe
Anna Akhmatova Literary and Memorial Museum, 15-18 May
Russia in Europe – Russia and Europe is the title of May’s Debate on Europe, which took place at the Anna Akhmatova Literary and Memorial Museum in Saint Petersburg from 15 to 18 May. The event is intended as a platform for communication about the forms and prospects of neighbourhood between Russia and Europe today.
Neighbourhood in Europe
The topic of the series is “Neighbourhood in Europe: Prospects of a common future”. The St. Petersburg Debate on Europe took place from 15 to 18 May 2016, with public sessions on the evening of 17 May. Read also:
Carl Henrik Fredriksson
In a backyard that doesn’t exist
Bosnia in Ukraine
In defence of the citizens’ nation
Neighbourhood as an assertion of autonomy
Borders are back in fashion
Indeed, the Debate on Europe in Saint Petersburg is intended as a platform for communication about the forms and prospects of neighbourhood between Russia and Europe today. Highlights included two public debates chaired by Nikolay Solodnikov, who is deputy director of the Mayakovsky Central City Public Library and curator of the Open Library Dialogues; and the writer and translator Carl Henrik Fredriksson, a founder and the former editor-in-chief of Eurozine. They were joined by philosopher Michail Ryklin, colta.ru editor-in-chief Maria Stepanova and Osteuropa editor Volker Weichsel to discuss Russia in Europe; and by journalist, talk show host and economist Aleksander Archangelsky, archpriest Alexey Uminskiy and historian Marci Shore for a debate on Russia and Europe.
Eurozine is a media partner of the current Debates on Europe series, initiated by S. Fischer Foundation, the German Academy of Language and Literature, and Allianz Cultural Foundation. The theme of the series is Neighbourhood in Europe – Perspectives for a Common Future. Publishing highlights based on contributions to previous debates in this series include Taciana Arcimovic‘s Neighbourhood as an assertion of autonomy; Ivaylo Ditchev‘s Borders are back in fashion; and Senad Pecanin‘s Bosnia in Ukraine.
More information, including full programme: Russia in Europe – Russia and Europe
Published 2 May 2016
Original in English
First published by Eurozine
Countries bordering Russia are subject to both the neoimperialist drive and military force behind Vladimir Putin’s Eurasian Union project. His expansionist aspirations mirror past Russian advances in Europe that questioned national identity. Many Kremlin-connected political analysts are currently advocating an isolationist position. What might be the upshot of Vadim Tsymbursky’s previously ignored, now vogue geopolitical thinking?