PLACES OF MEMORY AND THE FREEDOM OF REMEMBERING. OPENING PRESENTATION AT THE WORKSHOP „CONTESTED PLACES OF MEMORY IN UKRAINE IN A MIRROR OF GERMAN, POLISH, UKRAINIAN AND RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND HISTORIOGRAPHY“

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Ievgeniia Voloshchuk

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Ievgeniia Voloshchuk, PLACES OF MEMORY AND THE FREEDOM OF REMEMBERING. OPENING PRESENTATION AT THE WORKSHOP „CONTESTED PLACES OF MEMORY IN UKRAINE IN A MIRROR OF GERMAN, POLISH, UKRAINIAN AND RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND HISTORIOGRAPHY“. “PORÓWNANIA” 1 (24), 2019. Vol. XXIV, P. 21-29. ISSN 1733-165X.


The article outlines the central aspects and controversial issues of contemporary cultural representations of contested places of memory in Ukraine. Citing some specific examples, the author traces the processes of instrumentalization of contested places of memory for the newest rewriting of Ukrainian history, their (re)coding within the national discourse and within the „polyphonic” space of a multinational state, as well as their transformation under the sway of ideological censorship and/or “war of memories”. For this purpose, special attention is paid to the interrelations between the discourse on contested places of memory in Ukraine, the concept of “Europeanness”, identity projects of Eastern European countries, emergent “images of the past” and imagological stereotypes.


 


 

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Voloshchuk, I. (2019). PLACES OF MEMORY AND THE FREEDOM OF REMEMBERING. OPENING PRESENTATION AT THE WORKSHOP „CONTESTED PLACES OF MEMORY IN UKRAINE IN A MIRROR OF GERMAN, POLISH, UKRAINIAN AND RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND HISTORIOGRAPHY“. Porównania, 24(1), 21-29. https://doi.org/10.14746/por.2019.1.3
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Ievgeniia Voloshchuk, Universität Viadrina Frankfurt Oder

prof., defended her PhD in German studies in 1994 and completed her post-doc in 2010. She is a research fellow at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). Prof. Voloshchuk has authored 5 monographs and approximately 180 research papers and is editor of the publication series “Over the borders. Studies in German literature”. Her main focus of research are: connections between German, Ukrainian and Russian literatures, German-Jewish literature, imagology, border studies and travel literature. In her current research project funded by Fritz Thyssen Foundation, she explores the reception of Ukraine in German-language literature.

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