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Everyday and the experience of war in late modernity

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Everyday and the experience of war in late modernity

Please join us for this half-day symposium in cooperation with Vilnius University, Lithuania - all are welcome. Please note times are to be confirmed.

As part of an international two year research project (2017-2019) "Everyday and the Experience of War in Late Modernity", this interdisciplinary workshop will analyze the visual representations of the experience of war in Eastern Europe. 

Dr Nerijus Milerius (Vilnius University, Department of Philosophy) will analyze My Joy (2010) by Ukrainian film director Sergei Loznica, which captures the internalization of war trauma, how the logic of social interaction is radically altered, and how the inability to recognize the traumatic experience has led to the repression of memory in Russia. The memory of the Holocaust is at the core of the Son of Saul (2015) by Hungarian director László Nemes. In his discussion of these works, Milerius analyzes the effort of post-soviet societies to reimagine their role in WWII and to rethink the prevailing memory regimes inherited from past generations. 

Dr Agn Narušyt  (Department of Art History, Vilnius Art Academy) will examine the duality of peacetime/wartime for "cyclothymic" military institutions as represented in the photography of Harry Shunk and Janós Kender on the Berlin Wall in the 1960s (World Series), by Simon Norfolk in Afghanistan during a brief spell of peace from 2001-2002 (Chronotopia), former nuclear test-sites in Kazakhstan as photographed by Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, and by Indi Šerpytyt reflecting on the culture of forgetting in Lithuania (Former NKVD - MVD - MGB - KGB Buildings). 

Dr Violeta Davoliute will examine the representation of an atrocity committed during WWII during the Soviet period in the prism of gender and ethnicity. The Lithuanian village of Pirciupiai, burned to the ground by German troops in retaliation for an attack by Soviet partisans, became a metonym for the suffering of the Soviet Lithuanian nation in the Khrushchev era. Its representation in poetry (Fire and Ashes), monument (The Mother of Pirciupiai) and other cultural artefacts traces the ethnic turn in the Soviet Lithuanian narrative of WWII that laid the official basis to the narrative of universal suffering of the nation which still remains an extremely prominent component in post-Soviet Lithuanian national identity.

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Contact: Egle Rindzeviciute