ZOiS Forum | #30PostSovietYears

The end of communism as a generational phenomenon?

Online panel discussion

with Matthias Neumann (University of East Anglia), Marci Shore (University of Yale), Mikhail Anipkin (sociologist) and Félix Krawatzek (ZOiS)
Naum Chayer / Alamy Stock Foto

Generational renewal is a vector of social and political change in any society. A shared generational outlook can sometimes explain the dynamics that unfold during moments of profound rupture. But to what extent can the Soviet Union’s collapse be interpreted through a generational prism and how important was the question of generational belonging for contemporaries of the 1980s? What can we learn more generally about the history of communism and its end when looking at it through a generational prism? We will discuss these questions and also contextualise the changes that 1991 symbolises in a wider European and global context.


  • Matthias Neumann is a lecturer in modern Russian history at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.
  • Marci Shore is associate professor of history at Yale University, USA, where she lectures in modern European intellectual history.
  • Mikhail Anipkin is a sociologist and independent scholar. He was head of the sociology department at Volgograd State University from 2010 to 2017. 
  • Chair: Félix Krawatzek is a senior researcher at ZOiS.


You can also access the stream on our Facebook page.

The panel discussion is organised in cooperation with EEGA in Leipzig and is the opening event of this year's EEGA BASEES Regional Conference.


Taking #30PostSovietYears as its theme for 2021, the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), in cooperation with the Körber Foundation, the German Association for East European Studies (DGO), the German Historical Institute Moscow, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Russia and Memorial International, is hosting a series of events and online formats that revisit the watershed year of 1991 and examine the legacies of the Soviet era.


The event is part of the series ZOiS Forum that brings together academic, artistic, and political perspectives on the issues driving Eastern Europe today.


Anja Krüger
Communications Coordinator