The study of the late Soviet Union has increasingly been the subject of nuanced scholarship. As opposed to previously existing studies—which often focused on the era’s stagnation, decline, and disappointment—newer work has emphasized what might be considered the “positive” or “productive” sides of the late Soviet Union. In this new approach scholars tend to explore subjective experiences rather than focusing on the somewhat one-dimensional failures of the era. This conference aims to further complicate conventionally-held ideas about the late Soviet Union by looking at how exactly the post-Stalinist environment informed social practices and individual lives. Presentations are from graduate students (PhD, MA) working on topics related to the history of the late Soviet Union (1953-1991). Panels center on environment, gender, nationalities, and morality / spirituality.