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

Start Date and Time:

Friday, January 17, 2020, 4:00PM

End Date and Time:

Friday, January 17, 2020, 6:00PM


Professor Jie-Hyun Lim (Transnational History - Sogang University (Seoul)

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.


  • Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Asian Institute

Contact Information

Dasha Kuznetsova

Asian Institute


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A Transnational History of Victimhood Nationalisms