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Memory Activism and Digital Practices after Conflict: Unwanted Memories

  • Dr. Orli Fridman
Friday 18 November 2022
On campus (Lipsius 0.19) and online (Zoom)

Organised by the MA International Relations, Institute for History, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University


In her talk, Dr Fridman will feature her 2022 book Memory Activism and Digital Practices after Conflict: Unwanted Memories (published with Amsterdam University Press). The book investigates the study of memory activism and memory of activism, emerging after conflict, as a political civic action. It examines the appearance and growth of memory activism in Serbia amid the legacies of unwanted memories of the wars of the 1990s, approaching the post-Yugoslav region as a region of memory and tracing the alternative calendars and alternative commemorative practices of memory activists as they have evolved over a period of more than two decades.

By presenting in-depth accounts of memory activism practices, on-site and online, the book analyses this evolution in the context of generational belonging and introduces frameworks for the study of #hashtag #memoryactivism, alternative commemorations and commemorative solidarity.

About the speaker

Dr. Orli Fridman is Associate Professor at the Belgrade-based Faculty of Media and Communications (FMK), Singidunum University where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies (CFCCS). She  is also the Academic Director of the School for International Training (SIT) learning center in Belgrade, Serbia.

Her interdisciplinary research focuses on critical peace and conflict studies, memory politics and memory activism. In the past 2 decades she has been studying processes of conflict transformation in the post-Yugoslav space, and memory activism that has emerged from the study of anti-war activism during the wars of the 1990s in Serbia. She has published extensively on Kosovo-Serbia relations, from the perspective of everyday peace and peace formation from below.

Among her current new research projects is a comparative study of alternative commemorative events, which includes new empirical evidence from The Israeli-Palestinian joint Memorial Day Ceremony.

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