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Book launch - KSENIA ROBBE: 'Remembering Transitions: Local Revisions and Global Crossings in Culture and Media'

When:Tu 21-11-2023 17:00 - 19:00
Where:Jantina Tammeszaal, University Library

You are cordially invited to the launch of the recently published volume edited by Ksenia Robbe. The event will include presentations by the editor, the RUG-based contributors Pablo Valdivia and Ksenia Robbe, and the discussants Margriet van der Waal and Senka Neuman Stanivukovic. The event is supported by the Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL), the “Culture, Data Science and Social Change” group of the ICOG DemCP Center, and the “Transitions and Social Justice” group of the Agricola School.


This volume offers critical perspectives on memories of political and socioeconomic ‘transitions’ that took place between the 1970s and 1990s across the globe and that inaugurated the end of the Cold War. The essays respond to a wealth of recent works of literature, film, theatre, and other media in different languages that rethink the transformations of those decades in light of present-day crises. The authors scrutinize the enduring silences produced by established frameworks of memory and time and explore the mnemonic practices that challenge these frameworks by positing radical ambivalence or by articulating new perspectives and subjectivities. As a whole, the volume contributes to current debates and theory-making in critical memory studies by reflecting on how the changing recollection of transitions constitutes a response to the crisis of memory and time regimes, and how remembering these times as crises renders visible continuities between this past and the present. It is a valuable resource for academics, students, practitioners, and general readers interested in exploring the dynamics of memory in post-authoritarian societies.

For information about the book see the publisher's website.