Scholars and practitioners alike have framed the cultural and political transformations in Eastern Europe in terms of a ‘transition paradigm,’ as a passage from totalitarianism toward a horizon marked by the practices of modern liberal democracy. The Cambridge MAW team seeks to advance the state of the art by developing a ‘memory paradigm’ that casts the variety of these transformations as differential responses to legacies and traumas of the imperial, Soviet, and national pasts. In real time (2010-2013), the project explores the dynamics of cultural forms of memory and the interactions of these forms inside and across Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. It offers a new metric for measuring the profound changes that these countries have undergone since the collapse of the Soviet bloc and attempts to come to grips with the hidden obstacles populating the cultural field that can obstruct further and deeper changes.
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