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The Use and Abuse of Historical Memory in Southeast Europe: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

April 16, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Societies across Southeast Europe are locked in symbolic wars over the past. Politicians, intellectuals, and opinion makers tap into the past to construct hierarchies, delineate identities, and chart a vision of the future. The Yugoslav wars in the 1990s, the divisive legacy of communism, and the traumas of World War II, including occupation, collaboration, resistance, and even the Holocaust continue to be a disputed terrain. At the same time, critical scholarship is engaged in a project to empower dissonant voices and memories “from below” which challenge dominant grand narratives focused on nation, victimhood, and historical grievances. Anthropologist Dr. Sarah Wagner (George Washington University) and political scientist Dr. Jelena Subotić (Georgia State University) will explore how remembering and commemorating the past affect the social fabric and politics in present-day Balkans. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Dimitar Bechev (UNC Chapel Hill)


April 16, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm