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Memory, post-socialism and the media: nostalgia and beyond

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posted on 27.10.2016, 13:53 authored by Sabina MiheljSabina Mihelj
While research on the mediation of post-socialist memory has gained momentum in recent years, the field remains fragmented and limited to small-scale case studies, with little attempt to develop a more general reflection on the nature of the processes investigated. Engagement with the wider literature on the mediatisation of memory has been limited as well, with research typically applying established conceptual frameworks rather than using post-socialist materials to generate new theoretical insights. Given the state of the field, this article has a double aim. First, it offers a critical review of the main trends in existing research, focussing on four key issues: the fascination with nostalgic modes of remembering, the dominance of national frames of analysis, the lack of research on the mediation of personal and vernacular remembering, and the privileging of descriptive over explanatory modes of analysis. Second, the article outlines a new agenda for the field, and proposes three main research trajectories. The first pays attention to how mediated memories at local and national levels interact with transnational processes of remembering the Cold War, the second focusses on to the intersections between personal and public modes of mediated remembering, and the last moves the discussion from description to explanation, using comparative approaches to advance explanations of different modes of mediated post-socialist memories.

Funding

The Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2013-025).

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

European Journal of Cultural Studies

Volume

20

Issue

3

Citation

MIHELJ, S., 2016. Memory, post-socialism and the media: nostalgia and beyond. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20 (3), pp. 235-251.

Publisher

SAGE © The Author

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

10/10/2016

Publication date

2016

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal European Journal of Cultural Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549416682260.

ISSN

1367-5494

eISSN

1460-3551

Language

en