Traumatized Borders: Reviving Subversive Narratives of B/Order, and Other
Traumatized Borders: Reviving Subversive Narratives of B/Order, and Other (TB) is a multidisciplinary research project which investigates oral and written trauma narratives related to various topographic and symbolic borders in Russian, Finnish, Estonian, Ukrainian, and North-American contexts. In the project, traumas are understood as universal, but yet culturally bound narratives and linguistic constructions. Borders, on the other hand, are understood as political and cultural constructions that create traumas and determines the meaning and signiﬁcance of border related trauma narratives. Geopolitically, TB focuses on the contemporary EU-Russian border, former Soviet internal borders, and the historical Soviet Union border with the West, whose inﬂuence reaches even the North-American context. The study covers time period between the 1920s to the present day including some of the most signiﬁcant historical events that have deﬁned Russia’s and its neighbors' topographic and symbolic borders.
In the project, methods provided by cultural studies, folklore research, cultural anthropology, literature research and linguistics are applied.
From 1.9.2016 to 31.8.2020 the project is funded by the Academy of Finland.
Download the project brochure (pdf) here TB Project Brochure.