Call for Papers
Centre for Critical Inquires in Society and Culture
Remembering / Forgetting imperial past: Nationalism and the making of ethnicities around the Black Sea
31 March 2017
Department of Sociology and Policy, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University,
Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET, United Kingdom
The workshop focuses on the relatively under-researched intersections between post-imperialism (and post-colonialism) and post-socialism and their impact on cultural, political and ethno-national processes in the regions around the Black Sea. This is the world’s area that had been shaped by historically contested borderlands of three Eurasian empires (the Ottoman, Russian, and Habsburg). Later it was divided by the Iron Curtain as either the part of the USSR and the Soviet Bloc or the NATO allies (Turkey). After the collapse of the communist regimes and state-socialism in the region, the post-socialist transformations have often led to the inter-ethnic violence but also to the re-building of cultural ties based on the common histories. Emergence of new international frontiers has been going hand in hand with production of new citizenship regimes within which the meanings of the place, space and community acquire new meanings. The past population movement and present cross-border mobility have resulted in the establishment of diasporic communities who are also bearers of the memories and a living remainder of the rich history of the region.
This workshop is an attempt to initiate a debate on role that memory of the imperial past play in contemporary cultural, social and economic processes in the region by asking among others the following questions:
- How are memories of the imperial past socially re-produced, maintained and / or removed from the public discourses in different national contexts of the region?
- What is the impact of politics of memory on everyday strategies and practices of ordinary people in their dealing with relatively new citizenship and border regimes, emerging markets and shifting power relations in their localities?
- What is the role of diasporic communities (both within the region and geographically remote from it) and ethnic minorities in negotiating meanings of cultural belonging and past traumas and presenting a potential for alternative interpretations of the national histories?
Prof. Kerem Öktem (University of Graz),
Dr. Igor Kuznetsov (Kuban State University),
Vladimir Kolesov (E.D Felitsyn Krasnodar State Museum of History and Archaeology),
Nayat Karaköse (Hrant Dink Foundation/Turkey)
Ani King-Underwood (Independent documentary film producer/director)
Dr. Anton Popov, Department of Sociology, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, United Kingdom.
Dr. Ebru Soytemel, Department of Sociology, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, United Kingdom.
If you would like to participate in this workshop, please send an abstract (max. 200 words) and contact details including affiliation and e-mail address to Anton Popov (a.popov@) and Ebru Soytemel (e.soytemel@ ) by 25th February 2017.
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