This presentation introduces Ms. Gayan's dissertation project which examines Georgian reaction to Khrushchev's February 1956 "Secret Speech." The project focuses on the multi-leveled contested cultural nature of national identity in the Soviet Union. She will place this event in the current historiography, speak about methodology and source problems, and explain why this topic is still relevant to scholarship. Finally she will share how her project has turned to questions of how these events have been remembered or forgotten.
Melissa Gayan is a history Ph.D. candidate at Emory University specializing in Russia and the former Soviet Union with a focus on the Caucasus. Ms. Gayan's dissertation topic is on the 1956 Georgian pro-Stalinist, anti-Soviet protests which took place after Nikita Khrushchev's February 1956 "Secret Speech." She also holds a Master's Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where her thesis examined Russian influence in Georgia during the first ten years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ms. Gayan has been a teacher for many years in both public schools, institutes, and universities. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, cat, and two dogs.
Melissa F. Gayan
Ph.D. Candidate in History, Emory University
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 5:00pm
3/5 Cholokashvili Str. room H105
This talk is co-sponsored by the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus, Ilia University, and also made possible by a Russian and East European Studies Graduate Travel Grant from Emory University.
American Research Institute of the South Caucasus
c/o Ian Lindsay
Dept. of Anthropology
700 W. State St., Suite 219
West Lafayette, IN 47907 Visit the website at http://www.arisc.org
Send comments and questions to H-Net
Webstaff. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a
free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement
listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive
to provide accurate information, H-Net cannot accept responsibility for the text of
announcements appearing in this service. (Administration)