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Memory, Conflict and Post-Socialist Media: Old Stories, New Questions
Lecture by Hellen Rutten (University of Amsterdam)

Between the early 2000s and today, readers of Russian and Ukrainian social media have found themselves embedded in a world of digital wars, where alternative histories thrive and multifarious memories compete for position. Bloggers quarrel over the roles that Ukraine and Russia played in World War II. Chatters on memory sites debate the role of remembrance in determining how present-day Russia differs from the Soviet Union. And participants of social-network groups discuss Soviet repressions in Ukraine. With its speed, accessibility, and accommodation of anonymity, new media platforms continue to change the way memory travels between generations and communities. In the early 2010s, the interconnection between historical memory and digital media was the topic of investigation of Web Wars, a research project on digital memory based at the University of Bergen. In this lecture, project leader Ellen Rutten both looks back on the project and forward, into the future of digital memory studies. Which new developments have demanded our attention after the mid-2010s, when the Web Wars research was concluded? Which new questions merit scrutiny today when web wars are no longer fought mostly on blogs, social media, and YouTube, but also on such newer platforms as Instagram and TikTok?

Oct 30, 2020 03:00 PM in Rome

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