Collected edition “Memory as a Tool of Change: Forgotten Places in Siberia” published

Collected edition “Memory as a Tool of Change: Forgotten Places in Siberia” published

As the final part of this year’s “Memory as a Tool of Change: Forgotten Places in Siberia”-project all German and Russian participants have created a collected edition with essays on their experience with commemorative culture and practices in the Yugra Oblast regarding the totalitarian past of the 20th century. After their two-week trip the participants formed groups and tackled different issues that were of importance to them (Forced labor and resettlement, GULag etc). The edition is rounded up by an editors’ intro and a general introduction on commemorative culture and narratives in today’s Russia. The purpose of this project is to critically asses commemorative culture in Russia and Germany, before the background of their totalitarian past and spark discussions in civil society, among experts and officials. We would like to invite you to comment on our findings and share our results.

This year’s trip is part of the “Memory as a Tool of Change” project series. It was supported by the Yugra State University and funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

The collected edition was published as part of IFAIR’s ‘Memory as a tool of change – Forgotten Places in Siberia’ Impact Group.

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Tom Reutemann

Tom Reutemann coordinates the German-Russian student exchange series of the Impact Group “Memory as a tool of change”. Tom is currently enrolled in the postgraduate Master program at the HU Berlin in European Studies. Before, he graduated from the University of Leipzig and MGIMO with a Masters in International Energy Economics and Business Administration. Meanwhile he worked in a major international consulting firm. He did his Bachelors in Business Administration at the FHDW Paderborn, and worked in the Banking-IT industry in Frankfurt/Main afterwards. He also did an internship at the German Federal Foreign Office and worked as a research student at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Tom speaks German, Russian and English.