Epideictic Rhetoric at the Museum of Moscow and the Cult of the Great Patriotic War in Putin’s Russia

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institutet för Rysslands- och Eurasienstudier (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
  • Lecturer: Ekaterina Haskins, Rhetorician and Historian from The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Organiser: The Department of Literature; Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES); and Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice
  • Contact person: Mats Rosengren
  • Föreläsning

Guest Lecture, the Higher Seminar in Rhetoric in collaboration with the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES), and Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice.

This presentation examines a special exhibit, The City of Victors, dedicated by the Museum of Moscow to the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. The exhibit constructs an epideictic narrative that supports the revival of the Soviet-era myth of the Great Patriotic War and contributes to the recovery of Stalin as a model national leader.  Instead of didactic narration, however, the exhibit employs intimate artifacts and documents donated to the museum by ordinary Moscow residents and positions the spectator as a grateful descendant of the war-time generation.

Ekaterina Haskins is Professor at the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences (Pennsylvania State University). Professor Haskins studies rhetoric as an intellectual and pedagogical tradition and a practice that shapes individual and collective identities. Her research contributes to three distinct yet related areas of scholarship: the history of rhetoric, public memory, and rhetorics of display. She is the author of two books, Logos and Power in Isocrates and Aristotle (2004; paperback 2009) and Popular Memories: Commemoration, Participatory Culture, and Democratic Citizenship (2015). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the history of rhetoric, public memory, and visual culture. Her current projects include a book-in-progress on the rhetoric and politics of public memory in post-Communist Russia and an investigation of the role of place and sensation in public life.