Dr. Vilius Ivanauskas,
Senior research fellow
Lithuanian institute of history
Short bio of the author:
Dr. Vilius Ivanauskas is a senior research fellow at the Lithuanian institute of history. His areas of interest are soviet intellectuals, nationalism in soviet peripheries (Baltic states, Caucasus) and the politics of history. In the period November 2012 to June, 2013 he was Fulbright scholar at UC Berkeley. In 2009-2011 he was postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer at Institute of International
relations and political science at Vilnius University.
His recent article: ‘Engineers of the human spirit’ During Late Socialism: the Lithuanian union of writers between soviet duties and local interests’, in Europe-Asia studies 2014 (Volume 66, Issue 4, 2014). In 2011 he published his monograph “Lithuanian nomenklatura in bureaucratic system: between stagnation and dynamics (1968-1988)”. He is the author over of 20 other articles, and the member of
Association of Slavic, Eastern Europe and Eurasian studies (ASEEES), In April, 2009 he became a laureate (1 of 3 best dissertation of social-humanitarian sciences) in the contest „Best Doctoral Dissertations of 2008 in Lithuania“, organized by Lithuanian Society of Young scientists.
Conference abstract "After Empire: How much Soviet History is needed for our Future?"
Soviet history increasingly becomes the object marking not only complexity of the historic interpretations, but also political rivalries, identities policies and geopolitical orientations. Today Baltic States attempts to move from post-Soviet reality, fully consolidate integration to the West, ensure the security and avoid the aggression of Russia. Famous question of Eric J. Hobsbawm “How much history is required for the future” could be re-phrased by emphasizing differences between practical and analytical approach towards Soviet past, and revealing different layers of Soviet history, which describes such important moments for state identity as the loss of independence, deportations, Soviet modernization, urbanization, nationalism in Soviet peripheries and play of nostalgia in today’s political context.