Iveta and Nelli talking on FreshEd podcast

FreshEd is a weekly podcast that makes complex ideas in educational research easily understood. Iveta and Nelli discussed there our book - Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies - and the research that we are now undertaking, continuing the book. They explored questions like "What was it like growing up and attending school in the Soviet Union and other socialist societies? Did the lived experiences of children match the official rhetoric of the state or the Western bloc? What agency…

Socialist childhood exhibition opening in Lenin Museum, Tampere, Finland

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Cold War ended two years later in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Although from this perspective, socialist societies have been gone for a while, there are people living among us - including here in Finland - whose important years of life have been spent in socialist societies in the Soviet Union, Southeast Asia, Latin America, China, Central and Eastern Europe. Many Finnish people…

Book review

Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life ed. by Iveta Silova, Nelli Piattoeva, and Zsuzsa Millei (review) Julie deGraffenried DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/hcy.2019.0034 Were schoolchildren in socialist lands icons of the future or victims of the state? Models of modernity or manipulated conformists? Empowered or oppressed? The answer is yes .  .  . and no. Childhood and Schooling in (Post) Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life is a unique, interdisciplinary collection of essays aimed at complicating a number of…