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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Ivan Grinko (Laboratory for Museum Design and Planning, Russia)

Russian Museums as «Soft Power» in Ethnopolitics

The role of museums in socio-cultural life today is widely recognized. Museums became one of the most tangible instruments of soft power. That is why today museums are widely used for stabilization or prevention of ethnopolitical conflicts. There are many ways how museum can participate in ethnopolitics. It can show the links between different cultures (Museum Branly), the role of migrants in the history (museum of Ellis Island), form new ethnicities (Museum of Catalonian history). For The Russian Federation ethnical theme is always actual. From the Soviet Union Russia has received numerous ethnical problems from difficult administrative division to rehabilitation of deported peoples. So these methods of soft power could be very useful in its decision but in fact Russian museums avoid any activity at this field. For example, word ethnopolitics wasnt even mentioned at the latest public discussion about contemporaneity and future of ethnomuseums. (Anthropological Forum, 2007). In my paper, I want to show the successful examples of museum work in this sphere and find the answer why such examples are so rare in Russian museums. Anthropological Forum, 2007 - Anthropological Forum. no5. 2007.