- Introduction to the course. Heritage and Nostalgia. Theoretical and Methodological Undertakings
- Studying Socialism from a Historical and Anthropological Perspective: Thirty Years after the Political Changes of 1989
- History and Memory of the Communist Period: Traumatic Pasts and Nostalgic Returns
- The Town and the Village – Internal Mobility and Residence Practices. Socialist Transformations and Their Lasting Effects
- Nostalgia of Socialist Everyday Life (1): Work Practices and Labor Organization under Socialism
- Nostalgia of Socialist Everyday Life (2): Free Time, Entertainment, Recreation and Vacations under Socialism
- Consumption under Socialism. Everyday Practices, Memory and Nostalgic Potential
- Living Spaces under Socialism – between Nostalgia and Rejection. The Transformations of Private and Public Spaces after 1989
- Public Rituals and Memorial Spaces of the Communist Period: Continuities, Disruptions, Heritage Construction
- Post-socialism and Post-colonialism: Post-Soviet Nostalgia, Yugonostalgia, Ostnostalgia
- Socialist Heritage and Museum Practices after 1989: between Nostalgia, Denunciation, and Disneyification
- Popular Culture under Socialism: Continuities and Nostalgic Revisiting
- Social Worlds and Transmission of Cultural Experience: Nostalgia and the Issue of Generations
- The Memory of Socialism – between Allergy and Nostalgia, Remembering and Amnesia
- Studying Socialism from the Perspective of Nostalgia and Heritage. Final Presentations and Conclusions
Socialist Heritage and Museum Practices after 1989: between Nostalgia, Denunciation, and Disneyification
The class approaches at a close glance the attempts for putting the communist period in museum displays. Tracing the dynamics of museum making in different countries of Eastern Europe, the class elicits the main tendencies related to the period’s museumization, particularly to those of nostalgic idealization, traumatic discarding, and entertaining representations. Separate attention is paid to communist heritage tourism after 1989 and too the various guided tours to sites and traces of the communist period.
Texts for discussion:
- Silke, A. S., Ostalgie – Nostalgia for GDR Everyday Culture? The GDR in the Museum. In: Silke, A. S., Mediating Memory in the Museum. Trauma, Empathy, Nostalgia. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 160-186.
- Vukov, N. “The ‘Unmemorable’ and the ‘Unforgettable’: Museum Visualizations in Post-1989 Bulgaria.” – In: Sarkisova, O., P. Apor, Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989. Budapest, New York: CEU Press, 2008, 307-334.
- Vukov, N., The Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia and the Politics of Avoidance – Forum Geschichtskulturen, Jena, 2012 – http://www.imre-kertesz-kolleg.uni-jena.de/index.php?id=361
- Caraba, C., “Communist Heritage Tourism and Red Tourism: Concepts, Development and Problems”, Cinq Continents 1(1), 2011, 29-39.
- Light, D., “An Unwanted Past: Contemporary Tourism and the Heritage of Communism in Romania”, International Journal of Heritage Studies 6(2), 2000, 145-160.
- Казаларска, С., Музеят на комунизма – между паметта, историята, политиката и пазара. София, 2013. [Kazalarska, S., The Museum of Communism. Between Memory and History, Politics and the Market. Sofia, 2013].