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Our book aims to move away from singular history writing toward multiple histories. It has brought together a group of scholars to (re)narrate histories in ways that would lead to more complex understandings of the (post)socialist pasts, presents, and futures. Committed to this outlook, we invited colleagues from different disciplines to engage with our volume in a series of afterwords rather than having one last word or single voice close the book. These authors speak from multiple perspectives, including different…

Book Launch in Berlin on the 1st of March 2018

Childhood and Schooling in (Post)Socialist Societies: Memories of Everyday Life 1st of March, 2018, 2-4 pm,Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Humbolt University of BerlinUnter den Linden 6, room 3071 (Main Building / Hauptgebäude) Almost 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, people of different generations still wrestle with the legacy of (post)socialism. Many feel that their lived experiences were not reflected in the dominant narratives of historical socialism and post-socialist transformations. Continue reading →

Good-bye, Lenin!

by Nelli Piattoeva It happened at the end of the 1980s during perestroika or right after 1990, I cannot remember the exact time. My parents were eagerly absorbing liberal newspapers that were full of revelations about the cruelties of the Soviet regime and the hypocrisy of Soviet leaders. Once I picked one such a newspaper – Argumenty i Facti – and read a short article about Lenin. It accused Lenin of ordering the killing of his critics. I was astonished…

Fairy Tales and Princesses Against Soviet Realism

by Iveta Silova I grew up listening to beautiful fairy-tales of all kinds, including Latvian and Russian folk tales, Brothers Grimm, Pushkin, Lewis Carroll, and fairy stories my grandmother told me almost every night. My dad loved reading fairy tales aloud to me and he always chose books with the most beautiful illustrations. Later, when we bought a much coveted record-player, I also listened to the recordings of different fairy tales. These recordings, especially the 1976 release of Lewis Carroll’s…

‘Her New Friend’

by Zsuzsa Millei A girl, Patricia, joined us in the kindergarten group in a regional town in Hungary. We have never had a child visiting before. Now we had someone from Chile. I remember being full of questions but don’t remember how and when I received answers. It was in 1974 or 1975, just a couple of years after the start of the Pinochet regime in Chile. Many who were active in the Communist Party have left Chile. My mother…

Our book has just been published!

Check it out here! “The authors of this beautiful book are professional academics and intellectuals who grew up in different socialist countries. Exploring “socialist childhoods” in a myriad ways they draw on memoirs and memories, personal experience and collectively history, emotional knowledge of an insider and a measured perspective of an analyst. What emerges is life that was caught between real optimism and dullness, ethical commitments and ideological absurdities, selfless devotion to children and their treatment as a political resource.…

Meet us at AERA in NYC (April 13-17, 2018)

We will be presenting at the American Education Research Association (AERA) meeting in NYC on April 13-17, 2018. Please come and meet book editors, several contributors to the book, as well as other colleagues involved in this project! We will share the date, time, and place of our panel as soon as the conference schedule is confirmed. Towards Decolonizing Childhood: Researching Memories of Everyday Life in (Post)Socialist, American Education Research Association (AERA), New York, NY, April 13-17, 2018 Continue reading →