July 22 CERDA HALL 15:10 - 16:00
LECTURE: THE NON-PUBLIC MEMORY OF MUSCOVITES
Vanished neighborhoods, haunted houses, famous beer-houses of the 1960s, the kiosks of the 1990s, flamboyant capital dwellers, the move from communal apartments to suburban neighborhoods, and the first Khruschev-era houses — all the facts of life in the capital city that won’t be found in any book. In this lecture, we focus on how personal historical memory is formed in a big city.
Moscow in the memories of its citizens is not the ‘centre of monetary funds’, or ‘Kremlin -- Arbat -- museums – parks’ mindset. If we turn to the family histories of the city's residents, we will find a whole layer of cultural texts on Moscow; informal, local and real. Based on interviews and personal narratives, we will try to create a portrait of Moscow that is no less important than its official presentation.