Dr Alexander Etkind
King's Fellow Dr Alexander Etkind has just won a grant of €1M to lead an international study into the comparative memory of the Soviet era in Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.
The three-year grant was awarded by the HERA Consortium (Humanities in the European Research Area), and is one of the highest grants the University has ever received for the humanities.
Dr Etkind is a Reader in Russian Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of Slavonic Studies. The grant will allow him and his colleagues in the Department and in universities across Europe to carry out a research project called "A Memory War: Cultural Dynamics in Russia, Poland, and Ukraine".
The research will use pioneering techniques to look at how literature, film, new media, history textbooks, and public politics have created memories of the socialist era. It will also look at how the nation-state participates in the public sphere by promoting, revising, or censoring memory events.
The grant will fund two full-time PhD studentships and a Research Associate post at the Department of Slavonic Studies. It will also fund scholarly conferences and public events to disseminate the findings of the study.
Dr Etkind says the study "will provide a bulk of new knowledge and have an impact on the public understanding of East European affairs." He also says that he "will rely on the unique environment of King's College for hosting the most important events of this project."