The Twentieth Century in European Memory

Transcultural Mediation and Reception


The Twentieth Century in European Memory investigates contested and divisive memories of conflicts, world wars, dictatorship, genocide and mass killing. Focusing on the questions of transculturality and reception, the book looks at the ways in which such memories are being shared, debated and received by museum workers, artists, politicians and general audiences. Due to amplified mobility and communication as well as Europe’s changing institutional structure, such memories become increasingly transcultural, crossing cultural and political borders.
This book brings together in-depth researched case studies of memory transmission and reception in different types of media, including films, literature, museums, political debate printed and digital media, as well as studies of personal and public reactions.

Contributors are: Ismar Dedović, Astrid Erll, Rosanna Farbøl, Magdalena Góra, Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir, Anne Heimo, Sara Jones, Wulf Kansteiner, Slawomir Kapralski, Zoé de Kerangat, Zdzisław Mach, Natalija Majsova, Inge Melchior, Daisy Neijmann, Vjeran Pavlaković, Benedikt Perak, Tea Sindbæk Andersen, and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa.

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Tea Sindbæk Andersen, PhD (2008) teaches Balkan Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Tea’s research focuses on the contemporary history of Southeastern Europe, cultural memory and identity politics. Vice-chair of EU’s COST-action “In Search for Transcultural Memory in Europe” (2012-2016).

Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, PhD (1992), professor, head of the Centre for European Studies at Lund University in Sweden and chair of EU’s COST-action “In Search for Transcultural Memory in Europe” (2012-2016). Her research focuses on nationalism, identity and collective memories in Eastern and Central Europe.

Preface List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors 1 Introduction: On Transcultural Memory and ReceptionBarbara Törnquist-Plewa, Tea Sindbæk Andersen and Astrid Erll

Part 1: Actors and Practices in Transcultural Transmission and Reception 2 Cross-Border Collaboration and the Construction of Memory Narratives in EuropeSara Jones 3 The Polish Elites’ Struggle for Recognition of the Experience of Communism in the European UnionZdzisław Mach and Magdalena Góra 4 Answering Back to Presumed Accusations: Serbian First World War Memories and the Question of Historical ResponsibilityIsmar Dedović and Tea Sindbæk Andersen 5 Beyond Local Memories: Exhumations of Francoism’s Victims as Counter-discourse during the Spanish Transition to DemocracyZoé de Kerangat 6 Double Victims and Agents of Change in Europe’s Margins: Estonian Emigrants Sharing ‘Their’ Repressive Soviet Past in the NetherlandsInge Melchior

Part 2: Content and Media in Transcultural Transmission and Reception 7 Commemorating a War That Never Came: The Cold War as Counter-Factual War MemoryRosanna Farbøl 8 Jews and the Holocaust in Poland’s Memoryscapes: An Inquiry Into Transcultural AmnesiaSlawomir Kapralski 9 Neither Rupture nor Continuity: Memorializing the Dawn of the Space Age in Contemporary Russian CinematographyNatalija Majsova 10 Literary Mediation and Reception of Memories of War: Hallgrímur Hallgrímsson’s ‘Under the Republic’s Flag’Daisy Neijmann and Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir 11 The Italian Hall Tragedy, 1913: A Hundred Years of Remediated MemoriesAnne Heimo 12 How Does This Monument Make You Feel? Measuring Emotional Responses to War Memorials in CroatiaVjeran Pavlaković and Benedikt Perak 13 Transnational Holocaust Memory, Digital Culture, and the End of Reception StudiesWulf Kansteiner Index

Students and scholars of memory studies and public history, as well as students and scholars of Europan studies and contemporary European and international history, anthropology and cultural studies.
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