On October 28, Tuomas Forsberg, Professor of International Relations at the University of Tampere, will give a public lecture on “Overcoming Memory Conflicts: Russia, its Neighbours and the Second World War“. The lecture takes place at 16.15 at Lossi 36-214.
The presentation argues that practices related to apologizing and forgiveness help reduce conflicts and foster cooperation between states and nations. The lecture will first outline a theory of various mechanisms how memory conflicts and historical problems affect current relations between states and then discuss the concept of forgiveness and its potential usefulness in influencing these mechanisms and introduce two ideal models of apology and forgiveness as a more potential approach to forgiveness and reconciliation. Empirically, the article looks at the role of the memory of the Second World War in relations between Russia and its three western neighbours: Finland, Estonia and Poland.
Professor Tuomas Forsberg has been Professor of International Relations at the University of Tampere since 2008. His research interests include International Relations theory, foreign policy analysis, peace and conflict studies, transitional justice, Russian politics, European security, EU foreign and security policy, German foreign policy, Finnish foreign policy, Nordic cooperation. In 2012, he was elected Member of Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia). His latest publications include: “Russia and NATO: From Windows of Opportunities to Closed Doors” in theJournal of Contemporary European Studies (2015) with Graeme Herd, and “Status conflicts between Russia and the West: Perceptions and emotional biases” in the Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2014).
The lecture is part of Granö lecture series, aimed at building links between Estonian and Finnish scholars. The lecture takes place in cooperation with the Finnish Institute in Estonia, University of Turku, Granö Centre at the University of Tartu and the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu.