In 1917, the October Revolution brought into existence what would become the dominant communist state and one of the global powers that shaped the 20th century.
Commemorating the 100 year mark of this event, ISHA Berlin and ISHA Moscow hosted a joint seminar reflecting on „How communism shaped our world“. From the 20th to 26th November 2017, students from Berlin and Moscow explored the communist past in four academic workshops which evolved around the following topics: Remembering Communism, Art in Communism, Living in Communism, and War and Communism.
These workshops were be accompanied by an extensive cultural and social programme, including visits to various museums, galleries and the human rights organisation Memorial in Moscow as well as two-day excursion to Saint Petersburg.
The students gathered their thoughts on specific topics in essays which were published in 2018: K. Schwalbe/ M. Samide / N. Hanisch / M. Eisleb (eds.): „How Communism shaped our World“. Berlin: Pro Universitate Verlag – Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag 2018.
The seminar was funded by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Past in Eastern Germany (Bundesstifung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur) through the programme „Der Kommunismus: Utopie und Wirklichkeit. 1917-2017: 100 Jahre Oktoberrevolution“.
You can find some impressions from the Seminar here
Gefördert mit Mitteln der Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur