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Spicing up Memories and Serving Nostalgias : Thematic Restaurants and Transnational Memories in East-Central European Borderland Cities

Narvselius, Eleonora LU (2015) In Journal of Contemporary European Studies 23(3). p.417-432
Abstract
The article is a result of field studies on the transformations of multicultural heritage in the east-central European cities of Cracow, Wrocław, Lviv and Chernivtsi. In all these cities, a majority of the pre-war populations (and in Wrocław, practically all pre-war residents) disappeared as a result of WWII. After decades of silence imposed by the ruling communist elites, collective memories of the post-war populations are now surfacing in public discourse. Precisely how the contemporary populations living in the zones of ‘dismembered multiethnicity’ approach the past's cultural diversity in the everyday life remains, however, an underinvestigated topic. Under these circumstances, ethnography proves to be an innovative methodological... (More)
The article is a result of field studies on the transformations of multicultural heritage in the east-central European cities of Cracow, Wrocław, Lviv and Chernivtsi. In all these cities, a majority of the pre-war populations (and in Wrocław, practically all pre-war residents) disappeared as a result of WWII. After decades of silence imposed by the ruling communist elites, collective memories of the post-war populations are now surfacing in public discourse. Precisely how the contemporary populations living in the zones of ‘dismembered multiethnicity’ approach the past's cultural diversity in the everyday life remains, however, an underinvestigated topic. Under these circumstances, ethnography proves to be an innovative methodological approach particularly suited to studying local expressions of transnational memory. Based on the methodological approach of multi-sited ethnography, the article examines thematic restaurants which allude to cultures of some perished ethnic groups (in particular, Jews, Poles and Germans). (Less)
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ethnic diversity, central and eastern Europe, transnational memories, commercialization, nostalgia, thematic restaurants, borderland cities
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Journal of Contemporary European Studies
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23
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3
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417 - 432
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Routledge
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1478-2804
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10.1080/14782804.2015.1026317
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  abstract     = {The article is a result of field studies on the transformations of multicultural heritage in the east-central European cities of Cracow, Wrocław, Lviv and Chernivtsi. In all these cities, a majority of the pre-war populations (and in Wrocław, practically all pre-war residents) disappeared as a result of WWII. After decades of silence imposed by the ruling communist elites, collective memories of the post-war populations are now surfacing in public discourse. Precisely how the contemporary populations living in the zones of ‘dismembered multiethnicity’ approach the past's cultural diversity in the everyday life remains, however, an underinvestigated topic. Under these circumstances, ethnography proves to be an innovative methodological approach particularly suited to studying local expressions of transnational memory. Based on the methodological approach of multi-sited ethnography, the article examines thematic restaurants which allude to cultures of some perished ethnic groups (in particular, Jews, Poles and Germans).},
  author       = {Narvselius, Eleonora},
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  keyword      = {ethnic diversity,central and eastern Europe,transnational memories,commercialization,nostalgia,thematic restaurants,borderland cities},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {417--432},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Journal of Contemporary European Studies},
  title        = {Spicing up Memories and Serving Nostalgias : Thematic Restaurants and Transnational Memories in East-Central European Borderland Cities},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14782804.2015.1026317},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2015},
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