18 January 2018

War and digital memory: How digital media shape history

Social media platforms have changed the way that people mobilise and act collectively. But as Kateryna Iakovlenko discovers in the context of war-affected Ukraine, the visual record created by apps like Instagram are forcing researchers to reconsider what constitutes an objective record, a subjective perspective – or possibly both.

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Trees aren’t just supposed to grow

‘Glänta’ brings its readers the best of ‘Bidayat’; ‘La Revue nouvelle’ explains why participatory democracy ought to be a tautology; ‘Czas Kultury’ says let trees be trees and not symbols; ‘Kulturos barai’ discusses Marxism, voodoo economics and bad art; ‘New Literary Observer’ explores the phenomenology of noise, voice and sound; ‘Dziejaslou’ pays tribute to a passionate publisher of Belarusian literature; ‘Poeteka’ floats free in time and space; and ‘Merkur’ considers black boxes, augmented reality and computer-generated literature.

Forwards and forever forgotten

‘Osteuropa’ describes the uses and abuses of 1917; ‘LaPunkt’ prefers Burke; ‘Ord&Bild’ goes in search of lost time; ‘Wespennest suffers the anxiety of inheritance; ‘Mittelweg 36’ historicizes anti-academicism; ‘New Eastern Europe’ looks even further east; ‘Esprit’ welcomes suburban meritocracy; and ‘Symbol’ speaks to a connoisseur of French Theory.

Demostalgia and declinism

‘Transit’ finds inspiration in ‘89 one last time; ‘Arena’ goes out with a bang and a few parting shots; ‘Blätter’ assesses Merkel’s legacy and Macron’s nightmare; ‘Host’ explains Czech anti-westernism; ‘Res Publica Nowa’ discusses links between security and memory; ‘Kultūros barai’ focuses on cultural memory and history politics in Russia; ‘Esprit’ is haunted by postmemory; ‘Vikerkaar’ consults the ancients on dialectics and vegetarianism; ‘dérive’ returns democracy to the city; and ‘Index on Censorship’ puts its ear to the speaker.

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