Linking the local and the transnational: Rethinking memory politics in Europe

A. Sierp, J. Wuestenberg*

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In this introductory article to the special issue on ‘Transnational Memory Politics in Europe,’ we argue for closer scrutiny of the dynamics between the local and the transnational realms of memory. We contend that thus far, scholarship has neglected empirical analysis of transnational mnemonic practices in Europe. We seek to provide a theoretical framework bringing together remembrance with research on globalization, governance, and transnationalism as a way of overcoming the often nation-centric nature of memory studies. The central puzzle for us is how memories are (trans)formed, displayed, shared, and negotiated through transnational channels, while maintaining their local rootedness. In particular, we focus on the construction of narratives that have the power to transcend national boundaries, as well as the role of individual and institutional actors in driving those narratives to (un)successful representation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • European Union
  • actors
  • globalization
  • institutions
  • remembrance
  • transnationalism

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