Making Sense of the Past: (Re)constructing the Local Memorial Landscape in a Post-Soviet Base in Poland

  • Dominika Czarnecka Individual Researcher

Abstract

The article focuses on (re)constructing the local memorial landscape in a post-Soviet military base in Poland and the process of forging the local identity of its new inhabitants in the years 1993–2015. These processes, which occurred after the withdrawal of Russian Federation forces from the base and the establishment of a civilian town, find their reflection in the urban space of Borne Sulinowo and are written into a broader context of state policies and national debates about the past. The aim of the article is to present how the initiative in these processes has gradually shifted from the national level to the local, causing fragmentation and pluralisation of the collective memory. In this context certain significance can be attributed to the need to comply with EU standards, and to the progress of commercialisation of the past related to the development of tourism.

Author Biography

Dominika Czarnecka, Individual Researcher
Cultural Anthropologist, Ph.D.
Published
2016-03-01
How to Cite
CZARNECKA, Dominika. Making Sense of the Past: (Re)constructing the Local Memorial Landscape in a Post-Soviet Base in Poland. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 21-40, mar. 2016. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <http://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/204>. Date accessed: 16 oct. 2019.
Section
Articles

Keywords

collective memory; memorial landscape; post-Soviet base; post-communist Poland; urban space