122 Memory for Sale: Security and Contested Memories in the EU

Thursday, July 13, 2017: 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Gilbert Scott Building - Room 132 (University of Glasgow)
In the beginning of the 21st century the globalised society meets different types of consolidation for economic progress and against global uncertainties. Enormous risks mark human conditions in orientation and self-categorization on the basis of historical ties or idea of the common good. The Group of Seven (G7), which has emerged from the G5 in April 1973, today dramatically declines its influence and is attacked by growing supranational configurations – BRIC, Next Eleven (N-11) etc. In the context of different agreements and regulations co-existence (such as European Economic Area, Eurasian Economic Union, BRIC etc.) claims for personal and collective safety together with commemoration strategies influence decision-making process and become a burden of security policy at the global and regional level. The dichotomy “We-Other” affects strategic risk decisions. Security has already become the umbrella topic referring to public goods, transnational markets, “the specific way of life”. 

The session deals with collective memory as a tool for mobilizing society. In the consumer society memory is considered as cultural commodity. During the consumption process this specific kind of cultural product is not destroyed, but it enlarges, transforms, and creates the ‘ideological’ and cultural millieu, where consumer exists. Thus, a surplus value of the collective memory appears not at the moment of production, but rather under the process of consumption. Political mobilisation and transformation of social relations is only result of collective memory actualization. Even if this kind of commodity does not produce the physical capacity of power, it transforms a person who uses it.

Oxana Karnaukhova
Victor Apryshchenko and Hannes Meissner
Memory, Integration, Eurasia and Russia
Oxana Karnaukhova, Southern Federal University
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