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Introduction: Politics of memory and oblivion (2022)

Čeginskas, V. L. A., Kaasik-Krogerus, S., & Sääskilahti, N. (2022). Introduction: Politics of memory and oblivion. In V. L. Čeginskas, S. Kaasik-Krogerus, & N. Sääskilahti (Eds.), Politics of Memory and Oblivion in the European Context : Critical Perspectives (pp. 1-6). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003231370-1

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All authors or editorsČeginskas, Viktorija L. A.; Kaasik-Krogerus, Sigrid; Sääskilahti, Nina

Parent publicationPolitics of Memory and Oblivion in the European Context : Critical Perspectives

Parent publication editorsČeginskas, Viktorija L.A.; Kaasik-Krogerus, Sigrid; Sääskilahti, Nina



Publication year2022

Publication date15/09/2021

Pages range1-6

Number of pages in the book114


Place of PublicationAbingdon

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Additional informationThe chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, European Politics and Society, Vol. 21 Issue 3 (2020). When citing this material, please use the original page numbering as follows: Introduction: Politics of memory and oblivion. Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Viktorija L. A. Čeginskas and Nina Sääskilahti, European Politics and Society, Vol. 21 Issue 3 (2020), pp. 271-276. https://doi.org/10.1080/23745118.2019.1645419


This editorial sets the context for the special issue on memory and oblivion and introduces the contributions. By interpreting the contemporary uses of the past, the editorial underscores the relevance of the study of memory and oblivion in today’s heated and antagonistic debates. The politics of memory and uses of the past often coincide with efforts of reducing the past to legitimize the current authorities and tend to create new gaps in memory that contribute to the polarisation of societies. The special issue consists of six articles that scrutinise the consequences of the intertwining of memory, oblivion and political power in European countries. Based on two main approaches, the contributions explore the diverse meanings given to practices of memory in contemporary contexts that shape remembering for communities and nations alike. One approach shows how in the context of memory politics, public, national and collective memories are utilised, interpreted, and revised to fill in gaps and absences, while the other approach focuses on exploring continuities, transformations and ruptures in the construction of national memory.

Keywordspastremembrancepolitics of memoryhistory politics

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