Noted Russian historian to lecture on ‘memory laws’ at UGA

Athens, Ga. – Nikolay Koposov, currently a visiting professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, will present the lecture “Memory Laws in Europe: A New Civil Religion” Jan. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Larry Walker Room of the University of Georgia’s Dean Rusk Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Memory Laws in Europe” will provide a general overview on legislation dealing with historical memory, from post-war anti-fascist legislation through the lois mémorielles in France in the 1990s and up to contemporary battles over acknowledging the past in Eastern Europe and Turkey. The idea of memory laws emerged in France during debates over how to teach French colonialism.

Koposov’s lecture and visit to UGA is sponsored the department of Germanic and Slavic studies and the department of history in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; the School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy; the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts; and the School of Public and International Affairs.

The author of several books on French and Russian history and general historiography, Koposov’s works include “History and Politics in Russia,” “How Historians Think” and “Political Leaders of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modernity.” He also has written numerous articles on subjects such as memory law and the logic of democracy.

Koposov was founder and dean of Russia’s first liberal arts college—Smolny College, a joint project with St. Petersburg State University and Bard College (New York), and, with Dina Khapaeva, was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Grant for the project “Bologna Process and History Education in Russia.”