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Aleksanteri Conference







Communism and Post-communism: Reconstructing and Understanding the Legacies of the Past for the Politics of the Present

This panel will discuss the "rupture" of 1989 and highlight the ways the fall of communism and the aftermath involved both continuities and discontinuities in social and political life. Papers presented will analyze efforts to deal with and "overcome" the past (Vergangenheitsbewältigung ), specifically through an examination of particular issues and institutions (e.g. feminist discourses; museums of communism). The extent to which the past is reconstructed, it is often portrayed as a narrative which serves specific contemporary political interests or interpretations, and in so doing, produces both intentional and inadvertent conflicts.

Saturday 31 October 12.00-13.30 Session 8