Since the first Baltic nations joined the European Union, debates about reorganizing post-Soviet republics have grown increasingly heated. How do citizens in the Baltic and South Caucasian states cope with EU expansion and the feeling of existing simultaneously “inside” and “outside” Europe? Based on ethnographies and archival work, Representations on the Margins of Europe offers new insights into shifts in the national identity, cultural geography, and symbolic boundaries. This exploration of local responses to Europe’s new hegemony will appeal to anyone interested in anthropology, history, and politics.
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About the Author
Tsypylma Darieva is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Humboldt University Berlin.
Wolfgang Kaschuba is professor of European ethnology and director of the Institute for European Ethnology at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is the author of Closing the Gap: Time and Space in European Modernity.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements 8 Introduction: Politics and Identities on the [double greater-than sign]Margins[double less-than sign] of New Europe Tsypylma Darieva Wolfgang Kaschuba 10 Old and New Europe: Representations, Imaginations, Stagings Wolfgang Kashuba 25 Icons [double greater than sign]Windows[doubler less than sign] Project Ad Marginem or a [double greater than sign]Davided History[double less than sign] of Divided Cities? A Case Study of the Russian-Estonian Borderland Olga Brednikova 43 From Silenced to Voiced: Changing Politics of Memory of Loss in Armenia Tsypylma Darieva 65 Iconography of Historical Memory and Armenian National Identity at the End of the 1980s Harutyun Marutyan 89 Neoliberal Imaginations, Subject Formation, and Other National Things in Latvia, the Land that Sings Dace Dzenovska 114 Narratives Estonia and its Escape from the East: The Relevance of the Past in Russian-Estonian Relations Karsten Bruggemann 139 Bargaining Armenian-ness: National Politics of Identity in the Soviet Union after 1945 Maike Lehmann 166 Armenian Statehood and the Problems of European Integration as Reflected in School Education Artur Mkrtychian 190 Soviet Armenian Identity and Cultural Representation Hrach Bayadyan 205 Yet Another Europe? Constructing and Representing Identities in Lithuania Two Years after EU Accession Asta Vonderau 220 Histories of Violence: National Identity and Public Memory of Occupation and Terror in Estonia David Feest 242 Rites Troubles and Hopes - Armenian Family, Home and Nation Levon Abrahamian 267 Celebrating Identities in Post-Soviet Georgia Florian Muhlfried 282 Barth, [double greater than sign]Yeraz[double less than sign], and Post-SovietAzerbaijan: Inventing a New Sub-Ethnic Identity Bahodir Sidikov 301 The Staging of Politics and the [double less than sign]Folklorization[double greater than sign] of Political Discourse Ashot Voskanian 322 Afterword: Representations of the National on the Fringes of Europe Jorg Baberowski 337 Notes on the Contributors 345 Index of Geographical and Political Names 349 List of Figures 353