POSTCOLONIAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE MEMORY CREATION PROCESSES IN POST-SOVIET SPACE

Gvantsa Gasviani

Studenteropgave: Speciale

Abstrakt

The ambivalence of the Soviet Past is not an issue, what was left in the past, it is clearly visible in contemporary post-Soviet space. The past keeps following every generation creating a new narrative in accordance with politics, culture, time and understandings of “right” and “healthy”. However, the ways in which history is remembered have dramatically changed over the last couple of decades. The impact of transnational mobility and transfers of information via satellite TV and the internet have forced national publics to engage with an increasingly globalized public sphere. The memory of nations and the composition of memory communities are changed and reformulated under the force of globalization processes. The purpose of this research is to analyze how the interaction of global and local actors shape the narrative about the Soviet past in contemporary Russia and Georgia. To analyze this comprehensive issue the study uses a combination of comparative cases studies and critical discourse studies (CDS). This project expands the applicability of postcolonial theory and uses it as a lens to reveal postcolonial dynamics in post-Soviet space. The results of the study show that a similar pattern of memory creation processes are taking place in post-Soviet Russia and Georgia and that governments play a leading role in these processes. The postcolonial approach also clearly reveals that this pattern is not only specific to post-Soviet space but is similar in many postcolonial countries. However, influenced by the globalization phenomenon, the role of the state is diminishing as new forces enter the stage. Therefore, the states are looking for new and creative ways to maintain their control over the memory creation processes.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
SprogEngelsk
Udgivelsesdato3 jun. 2019
Antal sider74
VejledereSune Haugbølle