Vukovar 1991 Battle and Cultural Memory

  • Sandra Cvikić Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Regional Centre Vukovar, Croatia
  • Dražen Živić Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Regional Centre Vukovar, Croatia
  • Mateo Žanić Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Regional Centre Vukovar, Croatia

Abstract

In this paper it is argued that Vukovar 1991 Battle traumatic memory wearing away process is a social issue and cannot be simply amputated by modernist narratives from accumulated traces of the past. Instead, those traumatic memories are constantly reconstructed, repressed, or transformed in some way or another under the pressure of manipulative power politics and competing ideologies in contemporary Croatian society.  Therefore, the question this paper asks is whether war crimes and atrocities committed in Vukovar 1991 have its meaningful place in the Croatian cultural memory and whether  social research techniques into contemporary cultural memory in Croatia can afford to avoid testimonial narrations of the Vukovar 1991 Battle and war experiences since they are an integral part of the collective memory?

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How to Cite
CVIKIĆ, Sandra; ŽIVIĆ, Dražen; ŽANIĆ, Mateo. Vukovar 1991 Battle and Cultural Memory. Култура/Culture, [S.l.], n. 5, p. 71-80, mar. 2014. ISSN 1857-7725. Available at: <http://journals.cultcenter.net/index.php/culture/article/view/64>. Date accessed: 15 jan. 2021.
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English Articles

Keywords

Vukovar 1991 Battle, trauma, cultural memory, collec-tive memory, testimonial narrations, social research, symbolic representations of emotions