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Post-Socialist Heritages

Collection launched: 03 Sep 2019
Heritage, be it tangible of intangible, gives people a sense of belonging to a place, or can be used as a force to bind and unbind people. This collection explores the role of heritage in cultural politics in the post-Soviet space. How do Soviet memory cultures texture contemporary identity debates, are dark pasts selectively mediated, and who wins by furthering specific narratives?* Ultimately the papers in this series, be it explicitly or implicitly, evaluate the enduring impact of Soviet operationalisations and discourses about history and identity, which are at times directly countered or unknowingly reproduced. Each paper presents itself as a thick description of a specific case study, highlighting the subtle power relations and discursive tactics used to further specific appropriate futures.