Colloquium: Victimhood Nationalism in the Global Memory Space

Jie Hyun Lim speaks on victimhood nationalismAn exam­i­na­tion of “vic­tim­hood nation­al­ism” kicks off the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring 2018 col­lo­qui­um series on Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 11, 2018. The col­lo­qui­um speak­er will be Jie Hyun Lim, pro­fes­sor of transna­tion­al his­to­ry at Sogang Uni­ver­si­ty. The title of his pre­sen­ta­tion is “Vic­tim­hood Nation­al­ism in the Glob­al Mem­o­ry Space.”

Pro­fes­sor Lim offers so-called vic­tim­hood nation­al­ism as a work­ing hypoth­e­sis to expli­cate com­pet­ing mem­o­ries of vic­tim­hood in the post­war Ver­gan­gen­heits­be­wael­ti­gung in the glob­al mem­o­ry space.

The emer­gence of the glob­al mem­o­ry space may be one of the most dis­tin­guished aspects of the glob­al­iza­tion in the twenty-first cen­tu­ry. The for­ma­tion of the glob­al mem­o­ry space, how­ev­er, does not nec­es­sar­i­ly guar­an­tee the mnemon­ic sol­i­dar­i­ty and the de-nationalization of col­lec­tive mem­o­ries. The glob­al mem­o­ry space is marked by com­pe­ti­tion between de-territorializing and re-territorializing mem­o­ries.

Lim will explore the dialec­ti­cal inter­play of the glob­al and nation­al mem­o­ry by review­ing crit­i­cal­ly the dichoto­my of per­pe­tra­tors and vic­tims, col­lec­tive guilt and inno­cence, nation­al and cos­mopoli­tan mem­o­ry, actors and objects, over- and de-contextualization, his­tor­i­cal con­formism and pre­sen­tism.

The his­tor­i­cal space in this con­sid­er­a­tion is not an indi­vid­ual nation, but the inter­sec­tion of mem­o­ry loci of entan­gled his­to­ries. Entan­gled mem­o­ries of vic­tim­hood demand more than a pile of vic­tim­hood nation­alisms sur­veyed sep­a­rate­ly with­in the nation­al his­to­ry frame­work. The transna­tion­al­i­ty of vic­tim­hood nation­al­ism demands a his­toire croisée approach to exca­vate the multi-layered past.

By draw­ing on the entan­gled pasts of the polit­i­cal pro­duc­tion, con­sump­tion, and dis­tri­b­u­tion of the vic­tim­hood rep­re­sen­ta­tions in Poland, Ger­many, Israel, Korea, and Japan, Lim will high­light the transna­tion­al his­to­ry of vic­tim­hood nation­al­ism. Over­com­ing vic­tim­hood nation­alisms in the glob­al mem­o­ry space is a key to the his­to­ry rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and mnemon­ic sol­i­dar­i­ty.

About the Speaker

Jie Hyun Lim is pro­fes­sor of transna­tion­al his­to­ry and found­ing direc­tor of the Crit­i­cal Glob­al Stud­ies Insti­tute at Sogang Uni­ver­si­ty in Seoul. He has writ­ten broad­ly on nation­al­ism and Marx­ism in com­par­i­son, Pol­ish his­to­ry, transna­tion­al his­to­ry, and glob­al mem­o­ry. Among oth­ers, he pub­lished five vol­umes of the Pal­grave series of Mass Dic­ta­tor­ship in the 20th Cen­tu­ry as the series edi­tor. His present research top­ic is “mnemon­ic sol­i­dar­i­ty in the glob­al mem­o­ry space.” His forth­com­ing book of transna­tion­al his­to­ry of vic­tim­hood nation­al­ism, cov­er­ing post-World War II Korea, Japan, Poland, Israel, and Ger­many, reflects the prob­lem­at­ics of mnemon­ic sol­i­dar­i­ty in the glob­al mem­o­ry space.

Lim serves on the boards of the CISH, NOGWHISTO and Toyn­bee Prize Foun­da­tion and on the edi­to­r­i­al board of Mov­ing the Social, Global-e and Annales Uni­ver­si­tatis Paed­a­gog­i­cae Cra­covien­sis, Stu­dia Poli­to­log­i­ca. He has held vis­it­ing appoint­ments at War­saw Uni­ver­si­ty, Cra­cow Ped­a­gog­i­cal Uni­ver­si­ty, Harvard-Yenching Insti­tute, Nichi­bunken, EHESS, Paris II Uni­ver­si­ty, Wis­senschaft­skol­leg zu Berlin, and Biele­feld Uni­ver­si­ty.

This col­lo­qui­um will take place from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Con­fer­ence Room, 1881 East-West Road, on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus.

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies events are free and open to all. Pre­sen­ta­tion of this col­lo­qui­um is sup­port­ed by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion on access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone (808) 956‑7041. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action insti­tu­tion.