A Transnational History of Victimhood Nationalisms: On the Global Memory Space of East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Beyond

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Friday, January 17th, 2020

Friday, January 17, 20204:00PM - 7:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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The lecture will be followed by a reception, 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Professor Jie-Hyun Lim’s book project of “victimhood nationalism” aims to illustrate competing memories of victimhood in the postwar Vergangenheitsbewältigung in the global memory space across East and West. Throughout this book, he explores the dialectical interplay of global and national memory with a critical inquiry of the dichotomy of: perpetrators vs. victims, collective guilt vs. innocence, national vs. cosmopolitan memory, historical actors vs. passive objects, over-contextualization vs. de-contextualization, historical conformism vs. presentism, etc. With the emergence of global memory space, unconnected historical actors and memory activists are linked mnemonically a posteriori in the global mnemoscape and memories of victimhood have become more contested. With the histoire croisée as the methodological background, he will trace the global history of victimhood nationalism by drawing entangled memories between victimizers and victimized.

Jie-Hyun Lim is Professor of Transnational History and director of the Critical Global Studies Institute at Sogang University, Seoul. He is also a principal investigator of the research project on the “Mnemonic Solidarity: colonialism, war, and genocide in the global memory space” and the series editor of “Entangled Memories in the Global South” at Palgrave. His most recent book is Memory War: How Could Perpetrators Become Victims? (2019).


Robert Austin
Opening Remarks
Associate Director, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies; Associate Professor, CERES

Yoonkyung Lee
Opening Remarks
Director, Centre for the Study of Korea; Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

Jie-Hyun Lim
Professor of Transnational History; Director of the Critical Global Studies Institute at Sogang University, Seoul

Takashi Fujitani
Director, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies; Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto

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