Sweden and USSR: Socialist Urbanism and People’s Diplomacy

  • Datum: –15.00
  • Plats: Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/64407232333
  • Föreläsare: Irina Seits
  • Arrangör: Masterprogram i ryska språket i internationella relationer
  • Kontaktperson: Maria Engström
  • Seminarium

Irina Seits (fil. dr., CBEES, Södertörns högskola): “Sweden and USSR: Socialist Urbanism and People’s Diplomacy”

In this lecture we will take a closer look at several episodes of official contacts between Sweden and Russia during the Soviet Period and speak about informal connections and relations between the countries. I will approach these contacts primarily from the humanitarian and cultural perspectives that developed into a distinguishingly soft line of a cultural diplomacy between the countries, which contrasted the political course of the Cold War that dominated international relations within the region at that time.

Another theme of the lecture will introduce Sweden and Russia of the twentieth century to a discussion on the common ways to materialize the idea of the Folkhemmet as a shared home for all people through and by the means of architecture. We will reflect on the common means of articulation and construction of the welfare states’ ideology and the politics of the everyday in the Swedish and Soviet cities’ that developed under a strong influence of modernism since the early twentieth century, and that resulted in our contemporary homes and cities’ infrastructures that still share many similar traits.