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Post-socialism and Post-colonialism: Post-Soviet Nostalgia, Yugonostalgia, Ostnostalgia

The class traces comparatively different representations of nostalgia in the post-communist period, with a glance particularly on the cases of former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and East Germany. Methodologically, comparison is also traced between post-socialism and post-colonialism, and highlights are made about similar processes of revisiting the traumatic past, nostalgia and heritage making in post-socialist and post-colonial contexts.

Texts for discussion:

  • Cooke, P., Productive Hybridity: Nostalgia and the GDR on Film. In: Cooke, P., Representing East Germany since Unification from Colonization to Nostalgia. Oxford, New York: Berg, 2005103-140.
  • Lankauskas G., Missing Socialism Again? The Malaise of Nostalgiain Post-Soviet Lithuania. In: Angé, O. and D. Berliner, eds., Anthropology and Nostalgia. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015, 35-60.
  • Tanja Petrovic – Nostalgia for the JNA? Remembering the Army in the Former Yugoslavia. In: Todorova, M. and Zs. Gille, eds., Post-Communist Nostalgia-Berghahn Books, 2010, 61-81.

Additional readings:

  • Berdahl, D., ‘(N)Ostalgie’ for the present: memory, longing, and East German things. Ethnos, 64(2), 1999, 192-211.
  • Hann, Ch., Why Post-Imperial Trumps Post-socialist: Crying Back the National Past in Hungary. In: Angé, O. and D. Berliner, eds., Anthropology and Nostalgia. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015, 96-122.
  • Velikonja, M., Titostalgia – A Study of Nostalgia for Josip Broz. Ljubljana, Mediawatch, 2008.