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Olga Davydova-Minguet (University of Eastern Finland)

Commemorations of the WWII in the Finnish-Russian Borderlands: Is Transnational Politics of Memory Possible?

The shift brought about by the liberalisation of border regimes and development of cross-border cooperation between Finland and Russia since 1990-s can be described as an ever-growing phenomenon of transnationalisation of territories which formerly acted as a frontier against the ideological and national ""other"". The opening of national borders has led to the growth of contacts between governmental bodies, businesses, civic society organisations and ordinary people. This has been accompanied by shifts in bordering nations' perceptions of one another, and also by the opening of dialogue on memory. The politics and practices of memory have pluralised and new remembrances and oblivions have emerged. In my research I compare celebrations of the national days, Victory day (May 9th) in Sortavala, situaded in 60 km from the border on the Russian side, and the Independence day (December 6th) in Joensuu, which is in 80 km from the border on the Finnish side. Constructions of Finnish and Russian national identities are based on the history of the World War II and representations of this war are in the core of these celebrations. I ask, if the localized national politics of memory are affected by present day transnationalism of the bordering territories.