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Painful Memories and Parallel Histories

  • Mirjana Ristic
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)

Abstract

This chapter looks at the role of post-war urban memory in dealing with collective trauma from the war. It explores how the spatial distribution, form and discourse that memorials in both Sarajevo and East Sarajevo embody have been enmeshed in political dynamics since the end of the siege. The argument is that the post-war socio-spatial division between Sarajevo and East Sarajevo is strengthened by parallel versions of history embedded in the cityscape. Most of the memorials impose selective, ethnically motivated versions of wartime history and shape the grounds for future ethnic conflicts. Although there are places that embody the memory of wartime struggle to preserve multi-ethnic Sarajevo, they are often ephemeral, erased and/or forgotten.

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  • Mirjana Ristic
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  1. 1.Institute for SociologyTechnical University of DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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