Intimacy of social memory and the construction of self-identity linked to the Holocaust and forced migrations in the current interconnected world 
Carole Lemee (Université Bordeaux & UMR 5319)
Vytis Ciubrinskas (Vytautas Magnus University)
Start time:
1 August, 2014 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
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Short Abstract:

The intimacy of social memory linked to the Holocaust and forced migrations is shared among victims and descendants who assemble various aspects of their complex & multidimensional histories between intimacy and public spaces and also niches of displacement in the contemporary interconnected world.

Long Abstract

25 years after the Cold War and 70 years after the liberation of most of Europe from Nazism, this topic deals with the (re)construction of self-historical-identity and heritage communicated and miss communicated among individuals and families having suffering from various violent events. On one hand, these events relate to racial genocide (the Holocaust, and deportation of the Roma), to other mass deportations and waves of refugees during the WWII. On the other hand, they relate to other forms of forced migration during the communist/socialist period in Eurasia. The anthropological focus is on various social memory activities of these different victims and their descendants, and how they deal with intimate remembering while often continuing their lives in niches of displacements. Our aim is to consider the transversal modalities they have to assemble different aspects of their complex and multidimensional histories, between intimacy and public spheres in a current interconnected world. It aims to question the dynamics of new collaborative intimacies and their sociocultural effects inside the family and in the other social spaces. Proliferating internet-communications and the growing transnational mobility modify practices and relationships involved in activities forging heritage and politics of memory. It provokes also debates and conflicts between all that relates to the self-historical-identity and collective identity constructions of the groups. The complexity in these dynamics invites us to multi-sited ethnographic mobility studies. There is also a need to follow genealogical, family (re)union and 'memory network' studies with the internet-practices.

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