Professor Dan Healey visits Perm (Oxford's twin city) and gives two lectures at the Perm State University

Perm State University

Professor Dan Healey visits Perm (Oxford's twin city) and gives two lectures at the Perm State University

29 January 2015

In early December 2014, Professor Dan Healey, GB Fellow at St Antony's, visited the city of Perm, Oxford’s twin city, and gave two lectures at the Perm State University, Faculty of History. ‘Stalinist forced labour and the role of doctors and hospitals behind barbed wire’ examined the rationales for medical services in the notorious Gulag labour camp system.

A second lecture, under the auspices of the Faculty’s Centre for Gender Studies and Centre for Comparative Historical and Political Studies, bore the title ‘The fates of victims of political terror in the USSR: gender aspects of research’ and was in fact focused on the problems of conducting research on gay male and lesbian victims of Soviet persecution.

During his visit to Perm Healey visited the Memorial museum Perm-36, which commemorates the victims of state repression; the museum’s fate has been the subject of controversy and bitter debates over its content and direction continue in Perm Region.