Some notes on Ireland’s commemoration this weekend, in Dublin and beyond, of the anniversary of its Easter Rising (1916-2016).
Now, I take up the 2015 Einstein Fellowship at the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany — with a rather personal (and rather mysterious) research project I will soon blog about.
As promised, some thoughts on recent events in Ukraine — and the transformations they have brought about.
Professor Robert Greenberg (author of Language and Identity in the Balkans, Oxford University Press 2004 and 2008) talked about “The Sandžak Divided: Language and Identity Politics on Either Side of the New Serbian/Montenegrin Border”. I headed over to 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue to see if I can draw any parallels between Prof Greenberg’s work on the Serbian-Montenegrin border and my own work on the Ukrainian-Russian one.
After these two PhD years, by the end of Easter term, I was understandably ready for a little break – ideally, away from Slavonics, and ideally, away from memory studies in general. So when an opportunity cropped up to spend some time in Siena this summer, I jumped at the chance. And who wouldn’t?
I’ve been wanting to write this down for quite a while – for a year, actually. There is a place in Donegal which, to me, represents memory and memory studies combined. But in a bizarre turn of events, it is all but remembered in the wider world.
To mark this week’s historic migration to WordPress from my Old Blog on Cambridge’s Timescape servers, here is one of Kharkov / Kharkiv’s unknown monuments: a memorial to the city’s zoo animals who survived (or perished during) the War.
As the Wehrmacht army entered Ukraine in 1941, prosecutor Maj. Alexander Maiboroda grabbed the last truck in the column of people fleeing from the oncoming soldiers. Into its open luggage compartment he helped his Jewish wife, Ethel, and their three young children – a boy and two girls.
The Memory at War project specializes in Slavonic studies, but despite this focus on my chosen part of the world, I remain fascinated by memory in places that lie beyond its boundaries. This geographically interdisciplinary approach to area studies – connections, comparisons and parallels – is one of the convictions I’ve brought to my work…
The third story I wanted to recount here is more of an urban legend – albeit a fully documented one. It has become a modern Kharkiv phenomenon, and its name is Oleg Mitasov. Mitasov was an educated Kharkivite who was profoundly affected either by the developments of the late 1980s – the political and social…