Seminar on post-Soviet textbooks at Uppsala

On October 11, Katrin Kello will give a talk at the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

The talk will focus on representations of the Soviet era in Estonian and Latvian history textbooks since 1989. Twenty-five years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, active memory work regarding the era is ongoing. Positions towards the Soviet system have been a rich resource of identity building, and hence a powerful political tool in the whole post-Soviet bloc. School textbooks – a genre that essentially mixes academic, social and political representations – reflect the broader battles of meaning making in interesting ways.

Katrin Kello is a researcher at the University of Tartu, Institute of Social Studies. She has an MA in History and PhD in Media and Communications. She is interested in the fields of history, education and history teaching. Her PhD thesis was on understandings of history teaching, and its social and political contexts, in Estonia and Latvia. Currently she studies social memory, history politics and representations of the Soviet Era in school textbooks.