Public Lecture by Oliver Reisner: "The Cult of Stalin – Georgia –Museum, Some Remarks for the Soviet Past"

02 December 2016 - 02 December 2016

Georgian National Museum invites you to the public lecture by Oliver Reisner "The Cult of Stalin - Georgia -Museum, Some Remarks for the Soviet Past." The lecture will be held in the Georgian National Museum Auditorium, on December 2, 2016 at 7 pm.

The discussion about how to cope with Stalin's legacy in the post-Soviet space is ongoing and triggers issues of identity and politics. Interestingly there is little interest in research of a complicated past in the Georgian society. The role of museums as places of public reflection over the entanglements of the past in the present is growing. In his public lecture, Oliver Reisner will present some approaches, identify gaps in research and come up with some initial propositions on how museums could play an important role in triggering societal reflection over the past and thus to turn it into history.

Oliver Reisner is associate professor of Jean Monnet Chair of European and Caucasus Studies at the Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia). He teaches bachelors, masters and doctorates of the Europe's and Caucasus' research programs. He also works at Georgian National Museum as a curator of the museum's main legacy of Germany and the Soviet past issues. Before this, he worked as project manager at the EU Delegation to Georgia.

Reisner's research interests are: History of researches of the Caucasus Studies from the 18th century until till the present times today, the memory of the Soviet past in Georgia and the Caucasus, the cultural heritage in the Caucasus, the resolution of conflicts in the Caucasus and Europeanization. Oliver Reisner is the author of more than 50 scientific articles and works.

Admission to the lecture is free of charge!

Address: Georgian National Museum Auditorium, 1 Purtseladze Str. Tbilisi, Georgia.