“From the ‘Great Socialist October Revolution’ to the ‘Great Russian Revolution’. Memory of the October Revolution in Russia: The examples of Moscow and Tambov (1991–2015)”, leader: Dr Bartłomiej Gajos (a project of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the ‘Diamond Grant’ programme).
The aim of the project is to examine the changes in the memory of the October Revolution in the Russian Federation in the years 1991–2015 drawing on the examples of two cities: Moscow and Tambov. The myth of the “Great Socialist October Revolution” played a greatly significant role in the times of the USSR: it was an important component of civic identity, legitimized the communist authorities, and consolidated the society. It has now lost its strength, as evidenced by the abolition of public holiday on 7 November of the said name in 1995. The project aims to investigate the role of collective memory of the revolution after the collapse of the USSR and whether the planned official celebrations of its hundredth anniversary in 2017 under the banner of the “Great Russian Revolution” may prove to be a new opening on this issue.
“Internet Atlas of Independent Poland”, leader: Dr hab. prof. IH PAN Tadeusz Epsztein (a project of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education as part of the “Trails of Independent Poland” scheme).
The aim of the project is to create the basis for the Internet Atlas of Independent Poland: a georeferenced database of time and space data, including primarily the reconstruction of settlement networks before and after the regaining of independence and the territorial structures of the Second Republic of Poland. The main source of geographic data of the database will be: SGKP (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic Countries, edited by F. Sulimierski, B. Chlebowski, W. Walewski, vols. 1–15, Warsaw 1880–1902) and the tactical map of the Military Geographical Institute (WIG) in the scale 1:100,000, as well as selected aspects of the first census of 1921. Their transfer to a form enabling geostatistical analyses and presentation in a form readable for humanists will require adaptation of the existing software, primarily the GIS operators, by means of a dedicated application for this task. In addition to the online database, the project will result in a book presenting its scope and most important findings as well as publications in renowned journals and presentations at conferences.