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Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

Professor of Eastern and Central European Studies at Lund University in Sweden. Her main research interests are nationalism, identity, collective memories and cultural heritage in Eastern and Central Europe. Currently she is member of the research project “Lessons from Communist and Nazi History” financed by Wallenberg Foundation.

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Articles by Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

  1. The legacy of 1989 in Poland. Conflicts and commemoration 30 years after the end of Communism

    The author have analyzed the coverage of the 30th anniversary of the Roundtable Agreement and June elections in Polish newspapers of all political hues. Additionally several official speeches held in connection with the commemorations have been scrutinized. The goal has been to examine the uses of memory of 1989 in Polish politics of 2019 and highlight the strategic choices and constraints faced by mnemonic actors in this context. Thus, the study presented may be seen as a follow-up to Bernhard’s and Kubik’s investigation conducted ten years ago. However, this analysis expands the focus of Bernhard’s and Kubik’s work by paying special attention to cultural constraints on politics of memory. Thus, the aim is both to give insight into contemporary politics of memory in Poland in relation to the recent past and contribute to the more general understanding of how culture works in politics of memory.

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