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Memory and everyday borderwork: Understanding border temporalities

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posted on 2020-07-15, 14:39 authored by Alena PfoserAlena Pfoser
The field of border studies has traditionally paid little attention to questions of temporality, leading to criticisms over its presentism and lack of historical reflexivity. A number of recent publications have brought temporal questions more centrally into border research, examining the changing and historically contingent nature of borders. This article intervenes in this body of scholarship, using memory as a means of studying the past and present of borders. Bringing border studies scholarship into a more systematic conversation with memory studies, the article shows how memories of the past play an important part in the symbolic construction of borders, and that processes of remembering are central to how citizens produce borders in everyday life. The focus on memory and everyday borderwork allows to go beyond linear and uniform conceptions of time that have shaped the writing on border temporality. It draws attention to how time is ordered and interpreted in non-linear and multiple ways and how these temporal orderings confirm, extend or question the meanings of borders. The usefulness of studying memory in everyday borderwork is exemplified through an analysis of memory narratives in the Russian-Estonian borderland, based on extensive fieldwork and the analysis of 58 narrative life-story interviews.

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Tourism as memory-making: heritage and memory-wars in post-Soviet cities : ES/R011680/1

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Communication and Media

Published in

Geopolitics

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Taylor & Francis under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2020-07-08

Publication date

2020-08-22

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1465-0045

eISSN

1557-3028

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Alena Pfoser Deposit date: 11 July 2020

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