The Perm National Research Polytechnic University team will focus on the traumatic memories of the past in USSR that are linked with political repression (1929–1953), World War II (1939–1945), and post-war reconstruction (1945–1953).
The team will use the principles and methods of oral history: recording life-stories and problematic interview for understanding the conflict, protest, and identity. The team will also employ visual sources, such as interviews recorded on video, and photos from family archives. The team’s methodological basis is the theory of social or cultural trauma (e.g. Sztompka 2000); its methodological principles are connected with the anthropological turn in historical science. The research will use both oral and visual sources in order to study the history of everyday life. Attention will be paid to the process of identifying and interpreting the interview materials on the basis of available strategies to overcome the cultural trauma and transformation of identity.