Submissions to the edited book ”Remembering Ethnic Cleansing and Lost Cultural Diversity in Central and Eastern European Cities”
We are searching for three complementary case studies that will address the issues and concepts outlined below. Studies that have not been published or considered to publishing elsewhere and focusing on attitudes to and transformations of “lost diversity” of such cities as Kaliningrad (Königsberg), Vilnius (Wilno) and Chişinău (Kishinyov) are of special interest. Case studies using material from other borderland East-Central European cities may be considered for inclusion in the volume provided their excellent quality. Approximate length of chapters is 10 000 words.
Description of the collected volume:
The book takes a new approach to the subject of ethnic cleansings conducted in the 20th century. It is not about historical details and not about the memories of the victims, which have already been documented in a number of studies. It focuses instead on the present and investigates how the contemporary populations of the former homelands of the ethnically cleansed groups deal with that memory. It constitutes a contribution to the multidisciplinary field of Memory Studies as well as to the studies of contemporary Eastern and Central Europe.
The book analyses how the present-day population in a number of Eastern European cities relate to the memory of the ethnic cleansings that took place there in the twentieth century and to the cultural heritage of the people that vanished in the wake of these events. The book is case-focused. Its central part consists of seven chapters dealing with case studies of memories in the following cities or towns affected by the ethnic cleansing: Lviv and Chernivtsi in Ukraine, Brno, Teplice nad Metují, Ústí nad Labem and Postoloprty in the Czech Republic, Wroclaw (Breslau) in Poland, Zadar in Croatia and Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The goal of the volume is to use the specific cases (cities and towns) for a more universally oriented, general exploration of the complex dynamics of collective memory in places that have to deal with a difficult past. Yet another objective of the comparison is to discuss what the study of collective remembrance in these localities says about transformation of local and national identities in contemporary Eastern European societies.
The book suggests key concepts relevant for analysing the collective memory of the individual cities: postmemory (memories personally transmitted but not personally experienced), prosthetic memories (memories transmitted by media and other cultural products), memory actors/agents, arenas where memories are mediated (scholarly, medial, esthetic, educational, judicial, religious and bureaucratic) and different uses of memory (moral, existential, ideological, political, scientific and even commercial uses).
The anthology establishes such main objectives for the case studies:
1) the identification of actors at local levels that use and shape the memories about ethnic cleansings and the vanished populations
2) the examination of local discourses and strategies for dealing with memory conflicts related to the multiethnic heritage and the memory of ethnic cleansings in the locality
3) analysis of how local memory actors interact with national and transnational actors and of what kind of dynamic this creates
4) scrutiny of how material traces of the former inhabitants are interpreted and transformed in the present cityscapes by the current populations
5) theoretical conceptualization of the spectrum of attitudes toward cultural diversity and its representations in various local, socio-political and cultural contexts in post-1989 East-Central Europe
Please submit a finished or almost finished chapter and a brief note on author (see sample below) that includes a mentioning of previously published books or other publications. Also let us know whether you intend to include maps, photos (b&w or color), etc. Submissions should be in Word format and sent as an electronic attachment via email. To be considered to inclusion in the book, submissions must be received by March 31, 2013.
Submissions should be sent via email to Barbara Törnquist-Plewa firstname.lastname@example.org
Examples of Note on Author:
Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, professor of Eastern and Central European Studies, Head of Centre for European Studies at Lund University in Sweden. In her research she focuses on nationalism, identity and collective memory in Eastern Europe. She is the author of books and articles in Swedish, Polish and English. She is the editor and co-editor of 12 volumes of essays, most of them on the modern history and culture of Eastern and Central Europe. One of the latest is “Cultural Transformations after Communism: Central and Eastern Europe in Focus”, published by Nordic University Press, Lund: 2011.
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