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Diasporic memory practice on the internet: remembering lost homelands

Clarke, David ORCID:, Parish, Nina, Winfield, Polly and Lecrivain, Ani 2022. Diasporic memory practice on the internet: remembering lost homelands. Memory Studies 10.1177/17506980221122174

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This article examines the work of two diasporic memory organizations, Kresy-Siberia and Houshamadyan, which have both developed Internet platforms to collect and share information about lost homelands: in the former case, the pre-World War II eastern borderlands of Poland; in the latter, the Armenian communities of the Ottoman Empire that were destroyed by genocide. The article draws on interviews undertaken with participants in order to examine the activism of these two diasporic memory groups and to analyze the relationship between memory practice and the online space. The article asks what difference the creation of an online platform makes to such groups, both for individuals and for the wider diaspora, and seeks to understand how the possibilities offered by these platforms shape diasporic practice. The article shows how, despite the apparent similarities between the online presences of these two organizations, their use of the Internet facilitates diverse forms of memory practice, which are influenced by the historically specific needs of participants in these different diasporic communities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DAW Central Europe
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1750-6980
Funders: European Union
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 June 2022
Date of Acceptance: 5 June 2022
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 11:13

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