“Mapping 20th-century Violence: The Case of Kharkiv,” a lecture by Karl Schlögel

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206 Ingraham Hall
@ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Karl Schlögel will give a lecture on “Mapping 20th-century Violence – The Case of Kharkiv” on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 4:00 pm in 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive.

About the Lecture: One can read urban landscapes like textures. Looking at European cities as textbooks of human civilization, they tell us a story of rise and fall of urban cultures, of life and death, take-off and devastation. Europe’s history includes, especially in the 20th century, more than one urbicide. In our days Kharkiv, the second capital of Ukraine, has again become the target of disastrous violence, this time by Russian missiles. The talk will attempt to tell the history of a big European city along the traces and on the sites where “history takes place.”

About the Speaker: Karl Schlögel is professor emeritus of Eastern European history at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder and a noted journalist. His book The Soviet Century: Archaeology of a Lost World was published by Princeton University Press in March 2023. Other books include Moscow 1937 (2012), The Scent of Empires: Chanel No. 5 and Red Moscow (2021), and Ukraine: A Nation on the Borderland (2022).

This event is co-sponsored by the Alice D. Mortenson-Michael B. Petrovich Chair in Russian History, the Center for European Studies, and the Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at UW-Madison.

This event is part of the CREECA lecture series, which is held on Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Coffee, tea, and cookies served starting at 3:45.