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Teacher: Ekaterina M. Boltunova, PhD, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia & visiting teacher at the Aleksanteri Institute

The course is open for all University of Helsinki degree and exchange students.

Please note:
-Teaching programme might be subject to changes and additions, so please check course-specific information before the start of the course.
-Registration is binding. In case you cannot participate, please cancel your participation in WebOodi. After end of registration time, contact the planning officer (see contact information below) for cancellation.
-In case the registration period has ended, but you wish to participate, please turn to the planning officer (see contact information below).

The aim of the course is to discuss historical symbolism in Russia and in Congress Poland that was politically integrated into the Russian Empire in the 19th century and analyze the formation of collective memory in these countries and its roots in commemorative strategies that emerged under the empire and persisted thorough the Soviet period. The students are to be familiarized with functionality and symbolism of Russian/Soviet representative space of Moscow and St. Petersburg as well as Polish spaces of power in Warsaw and Krakow.

The course will introduce a history of Russian and Polish topography of power (i.e. monarchical representations in royal palaces (especially in throne halls), cathedrals, necropolis, administrative buildings etc.) and demonstrate how throughout the Soviet period it got abolished and then restored. The students will as well learn what happened after the newly invented version of the past was established and appropriated in 1990s – 2010s and how the Russian and Polish authorities began falling under the sway of its symbolism. The essay task will be explained on the first class.
1. The Rise of the Russian Empire: Power Representations in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 18th – 19th Centuries. Essay Instructions;
2. Russian Rule at the Western Borders: Coronation of Nicholas I in Warsaw in 1829 and Russian-Polish Historical Memories;
3. Early Soviet Leadership Commemorative Practices;
4. Soviet View on State Greatness: Imperial/Royal Space in the USSR and the Polish People’s Republic;
5. “Domestic” and “Export” Images of Russian and Polish History and Culture (1960s – 1980s);
6. Historical Memory in Putin's Russia: Palaces, Museums, Memorials;
7. Commemorative Strategies and Museum Practices in Contemporary Poland

Lectures 14 hours, obligatory reading, essay

Background reading:
You can take a look at the following book in case you are not familiar with the course topic:
· Richard Wortman. Scenarios, Scenarios of Power: Myth and Ceremony in Russian Monarchy: From Peter the Great to the Abdication of Nicholas II. (any edition). Vol.1-2 (eBook in Helka
· John Czaplicka, Nida Gelazis, Blair A. Ruble (eds.) Cities after the Fall of Communism: Reshaping Cultural Landscapes and European Identity. Johns Hopkins University Press; 2009 (book in Helka

Realisation and working methods :
Reading and other eventual material will be posted to Moodle. ECEBB Planning Officer will send instructions how to log in for those who have registered to the course. NB: Moodle instructions will be sent to your University of Helsinki email address ( The enrolment key will also appear at the Course page when the course begins.

Course can be also accepted as:
• KUKA-AL213, KUKA-IK505
• ALKU-304, ALKU-E313, ALKU-E317
• HISK & HISM requirement: 5 ECTS, the exact study unit to be agreed with responsible teachers of respective study programmes
• ExpREES optional studies
• Please note that in most BA/MA programmes you can transfer credits to optional studies. In case you wish to transfer the credits to some other study unit please contact the teacher responsible for the study unit / module or BA/MA programme

Other information:
This course is organised by the Aleksanteri Institute East Central European, Balkan and Baltic Studies (ECEBB). You can specialize in ECEBB in Bachelor’s Programme in Cultural Studies and the Master’s Programme in Area and Cultural Studies. ECEBB can also be taken as two study modules, ECEBB I (KUKA-IK500, 30 ECTS) and ECEBB II (ALKU-IK530, 15 ECTS).

Contact person: ECEBB Planning Officer minna.oroza at

10.12.2018 at 15:15 - 24.1.2019 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 29.1.2019
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 30.1.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 31.1.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Mon 4.2.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Tue 5.2.2019
12:15 - 13:45
Wed 6.2.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Thu 7.2.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Fri 8.2.2019
12:15 - 13:45


Opintojakso on pakollinen Itäisen Keski-Euroopan, Balkanin ja Baltian tutkimuksen opintokokonaisuus 2 suorittajille.

Itäisen Keski-Euroopan, Balkanin ja Baltian tutkimuksen opintokokonaisuus 1.

Opintojaksoon sisällytettävät opinnot (esim. luentokurssin) kehittävät opiskelijan asiantuntemuksen syventämistä ja laajentamista sekä alueellista erikoistumista. Opintojakso voi tukea myös opiskelijan pro gradu -tutkielman kirjoittamista.

Järjestetään lukuvuosittain

Opintojakson sisältö määräytyy kurssikohtaisesti.

Opintojaksossa käytettävä kirjallisuus määräytyy suoritettavan kurssin mukaan.

Opetusmenetelmät ja aktiviteetit määräytyvät kurssikohtaisesti. Palaute kerätään systemaattisesti.

Opintojakso arvostellaan asteikolla 0-5. Opintojakson arvosana määräytyy suoritustavan (esim. luentokurssi) mukaisesti määriteltyjen tehtävien, aktiivisuuden ja muiden suoritusvaatimusten perusteella. Arviointimenetelmät ovat kiinteässä yhteydessä osaamistavoitteisiin ja opintojakson opetusmenetelmiin.

Opintojaksoon soveltuva luentokurssi, johon sisältyy kirjallisuutta ja kurssin mukaan sovellettuja tehtäviä. Vaihtoehtoisesta suoritustavasta esim. kirjallisuuskuulustelusta tai esseestä sovitaan opintojakson vastuuopettajan kanssa. ENS-maisteriohjelman ja EU-opintokokonaisuuden opiskelijat voivat suorittaa opintojakson vain luentokurssilla.