In Russian culture of the 2000s-2010s, historical plots and cultural interpretations of History triggered the most heated ideological debates. Narratives about the past acquired relevance in contemporary Russian culture, especially in its popular segment, due to a variety of factors. Among these, it is possible to mention the shift to a new phase that involves the concepts of “trauma” and “nostalgia” associated to the Soviet Union. 

 

A successful commercialization of the historical discourse can be observed in what Bauman defined as “a global epidemic of nostalgia” (Retrotopia, Polity, 2017: 3). Notably, this phenomenon is taking place in literature, cinema, television series, advertisement, historical reconstructions and other everyday cultural practices. The aim of this conference, which is part of the international and interdisciplinary project entitled “Cultural Commodities: The Phenomenon of Mass Literature in Contemporary Russia”, is to discuss whether these productions shape a “retrotopian” (Bauman, 2017) discourse that presents the Soviet past as an effective, stable and, most importantly, aesthetically attractive fusion of capitalist mores and the communist political regime.

 

Moreover, contemporary Russian mass culture represents a broad field for a multidirectional examination of such phenomena. A comparative analysis of the Russian commercialization of historical memory and similar processes in Europe, Asia, and America would be beneficial for the understanding of global practices in History construction. 



Scientific Committee

Professor Marina Abasheva, Perm State Pedagogical University for the Humanities and Perm State Research University

Professor Maria Chernyak, The Herzen Russian Literature, Russian Pedagogical University 

Professor Gabriella Elina Imposti, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bologna

Professor Maria Litovskaya, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, National Chengchi; Ural Federal University

Dr. Irina Marchesini, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bologna

Professor Donatella Possamai, Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies, University of Padova

Dr. Irina Savkina, Ph.D, Lecturer of Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland

The conference is organized with the precious collaboration of the Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies, University of Padua.