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The Kirov Theatre during Evacuation and Re-evacuation in 1941-44

Student: Iana Nikulina

Supervisor: Aleksandr Chashchukhin

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (Perm)

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2018

This paper discusses the reconstruction of the processes of evacuation and re-evacuation of Kirov State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet during the Great Patriotic War. The concept of «The Homecomer» by A. Schutz is the basis for the research, which will be used with adaptation to the concrete historical case. The materials of the archive of the Central State Archive of Historical-Political Documents of St. Petersburg and Perm State Archive of Social-Political History will be used as sources for the research. These documents are the minutes of the meetings of the party bureau, the protocols of the party meetings, the business correspondence of the theater management and other documents related to the activities of the theater. The result of the study is establishing of changes of real and perceived social statuses and behavior strategies under influence of evacuation and re-evacuation processes, influencing factors and conflicts caused by these changes. The overall structure of the study will take the form of an introduction, two chapters, and a conclusion. The first section of this paper will examine the process of identity construction of the Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet workers during the evacuation in Molotov and after returning back to Leningrad. The aim of the second chapter will be to introduce the caring discourse, the different interpretation of boundaries and norms of care by the artists and their superiors.

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