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NOMIS Lecture Olga Shevchenko
“Get up, Grandpa!”: Presence, resurrection and photography in the Immortal Regiment movement
NOMIS Lecture by Olga Shevchenko

In what circumstances do photographs of the departed loved ones lead not to a lacerating awareness of irrevocable loss, but to a fantasy of recovery and resurrection? This talk approaches this question ethnographically, through the analysis of a new tradition that has emerged in Russia in connection to Victory Day. It involves millions of people carrying the enlarged portraits of their veteran ancestors through the streets as part of the so-called Immortal Regiment marches. The tangible sense of co-presence with the long-gone war generation is a common theme in the media coverage on the march, and in the participants’ own accounts of their experience. How this effect of co-presence is produced is the subject of my inquiry.

May 12, 2021 06:15 PM in Zurich

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