Visit of the first-year MA students to the Netherlands Institute in Saint-Petersburg
First-year MA students in "Applied and Interdisciplinary History" and faculty members of the Department of History participated in a workshop hosted by the Netherlands Institute in Saint Petersburg on 22 September, 2015.
Boris Staal (M.A., Universiteit van Amsterdam), the current holder of the Netherlands Institute's scholarship, gave a presentation titled "The memory of the October Revolution in Russia: from a founding myth to a neglected past". In his talk he discussed the different forms chosen by curators to present and represent the October Revolution
in Russian exhibitions and museums. Boris Staal paid special attention to the political museums of St. Petersburg and Moscow, contrasting the way they presented artifacts and pointing out how the exposition differed between museums.
The presenter stressed that for some visitors from non-formerly soviet countries it could be difficult to grasp the
main idea behind these exhibits because the accompanying texts and explanations had been composed with a
different audience in mind.
The workshop concluded with a lively and open discussion about the challenges and difficulties posed by curating exhibits about the October Revolution for a wider public.
The Netherlands Institute in Saint Petersburg (NIP) is an academic centre devoted to increasing expertise in the field of Russian studies and offering services to researchers and students from participating universities.