“Migration and Everyday life of (post-) Soviet diaspora nationalities.” (3-5 February 2022 in Lüneburg, Germany)
27 September 2021
The research network "Ambivalences of the Soviet: Diaspora Nationalities between Collective Experiences of Discrimination and Individual Normalization, 1953-2023” (funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and the VW Foundation within the framework of the Niedersächsisches Vorab) departs from a narrative that tells the history of Russian Germans, Soviet Jews, and other Soviet d. [...] Rather, we seek to explore people’s complex everyday experiences, practices and discourses of “normalization” and “Sovietization” in the late Soviet period as well as their long-term influence beyond temporal and spatial confines of the Soviet Union. [...] At the conference, taking place in Lüneburg on 3-5 February 2022, we seek to discuss related topics of life in the late Soviet Union, everyday life in the rural and urban Soviet peripheries, themes of repression and “normalization”, intergenerational and transnational multiple affiliations, migration as well as the current situation of those who remained in the Soviet successor states. [...] What aspects came to define everyday life in the late Soviet Union? In what ways did lives develop in the successor states and in Germany? What role did/do different spaces, different familial constellations, processes of rural to urban resettlement, personal networks as well as identifications play in the constitution of people’s life-worlds? 2. [...] In what ways do networks define the migratory process, the process of re-settlement in the country of arrival as well as the decision to stay? In what ways do these networks develop and change over time? 3.