Colloquium: Victimhood Nationalism in the Global Memory Space

January 11, 4:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Center for Korean Studies

Jie-Hyun Lim, professor of transnational history at Sogang University, will discuss the notion of “Victimhood nationalism.”

Victimhood nationalization is a working hypothesis to explicate competing memories of victimhood in the postwar Vergangenheitsbewaeltigung in the global memory space. The emergence of the global memory space may be one of the most distinguished aspects of globalization in the twenty-first century. Formation of the global memory space does not necessarily guarantee the mnemonic solidarity and the de-nationalization of collective memories. The global memory space is marked by competition between de-territorializing and re-territorializing memories.

Professor Lim will explore the dialectical interplay of global and national memory by reviewing critically the dichotomy of perpetrators and victims, collective guilt and innocence, national and cosmopolitan memory, actors and objects, over- and de-contextualization, historical conformism and presentism. By drawing on the entangled pasts of the political production, consumption, and distribution of the victimhood representations in Poland, Germany, Israel, Korea, and Japan, he will highlight the transnational history of victimhood nationalism.

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