Post-Soviet Studies


The project is dedicated to developing and redistribution of the local knowledge acquired through the research of different aspects of current post-communists conditions in Russia and other ex-socialist countries.

There is a certain urgency of doing this program now. We need to rethink and practice such phenomena as  the comradeship, the specifics of decolonial development, the applied post-soviet hauntology, antifascist politics and the relations between body and territory.


The work of laboratory consists in a serious of collective and individual researches, publications and exhibition projects which involves local and international community.


The  development of post-soviet / post-communist studies was a crucial contribution in analizing the situation of geo-political change after 1989. Right now we have a whole generation from post-socialist countries who do not have a living experience of life under real socialism, they could be well informed and globally networked but locally still face the variety of specific problems which are rooted in the histories and current developments of certain territories.


In this situation we feel like it makes sense to actualize our knowledge of post-communist condition together with young generations and see what kind of politics can we derive out of it. We need to take responsibility to rescue some progressive phenomena of communist project and actualize the potentialities of missed chances to resist the reactionary politics of new cold war, growing xenophobia and nationalism.


In our research program we want to test how the demanded changes are connecting with the territory. The current situation put the issue of territory to the fore. The new practices are emerging that rely on new forms of belonging to the certain territories, its histories and condition of survival which include not only human but the life itself.


Possible areas of research of our new lab in this area will be the body politics (the practice of asceticism and the collective body), production of space, practices of comradeship (both between people and in relations with nature, animals, the dead and the ghosts), various practices related to collective memory, agitation and anti-fascism (commemoration and monumentality), specificity of decolonial struggle (problematization of Eastern-European subalternity), and the philosophical and cultural aspects of the socialist heritage that had been debated by many contemporary theorists.


So we need to find a way to relearn in order to establish some comradeship relations with ourselves and the world


Presentation of the re-learning course of post-soviet studies at PoSoCoMeS conference, September 2020

Presentation of the Post-Soviet Studies project, School of Engaged Art at PoSoCoMeS conference (The working group on Post-Socialist and Comparative Memory Studies – Memory Studies Association Working Group 29 September. 16:30 – 18:00. The project is dedicated to developing and redistributing the local knowledge acquired through research on different aspects of current post-communist conditions in Russia and other ex-socialist countries.
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Ghosts-mutants. Between truth and fiction. / The comrade newsletter #2 – post-soviet studies during pandemics

This second issue of our Laboratory for Post-Soviet Studies’ comrade newsletter features various texts, images, and issues that we worked with during our last semester of classes.   We were most interested in finding new ways to describe our own transformations and those of our habitat that would help us to grasp the past in
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Spring Semester 2020 at The Laboratory of Post-Soviet Relearning

Short Description of the Courses   1) Post-Soviet Sexuality The course on psychoanalysis   The course is devoted to the study of the psychoanalytical approach to sexuality and the application of this optics to the analysis of cultural phenomena of post-Soviet society. Within the framework of the course, the post-Soviet period is considered as a
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Documentation of the exhibition at Rosa House of Culture 2019

Here you can see the documentation of selected exhibitions in the framework of the The laboratory of post-soviet relearning (LPR) (activities from January 2019 till December 2019)      
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The comrade-newsletter of the School of Engaged Art relearning course #1

Editorial: Five Challenges That Make Us Think about the Post-Soviet Again by Dmitry Vilensky   In your hands is the first issue of the newspaper put out by the recertification course on post-Soviet studies. It is based on works individual and collective, already realized and in-progress, as well as position statements from course participants. This course/laboratory
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The Comradeship with Unlimited Responsibility | A learning show-performance

  Everyone knows that the basic concept of relations between people in the Soviet Union was based on the ideas of comradeship, which in a classless society should overcome all existing differences – gender, national, racial, corporal and others. Everyone became comrades on the way to a bright communist future. It can also be argued,
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