Imagined identities

Imagined communities, called thus by Benedict Anderson, revealed the principle of nation-building, namely inculcating an image of a translocal community to which people belong. They also bring to light the creative character of imagination, which was able to connect the abstract categories of nation, state and homeland with some specific area. At the same time they put in motion an identity narrative, necessary to unite the nation, which, after all, is a kind of “narrated community”, to borrow a phrase from Maria Janion.

In today’s fluid times a human being is looking for a place and a place is looking for a human being; people want to feel at home in a space but spaces influence entire communities. This creates the need to imagine certain possible multilayered identities – for a place, for people, for a collective. For some new kind of individuality.

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  • Imagined Identities
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      Imagined geography
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      Identity is a matrioshka: the sum of encounters and stories
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      The translator’s gloss
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      Yugoslav and post‑Yugoslav maps
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      Bila jednom jedna zemlja…
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      A transmigrant’s identity
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      Three models of cultural memory: Kraków, Katowice, Wrocław
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      Viribus unitis. About Kaiserlicher und Königlicher Marinefriedhof in Pula and other things
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  • Interviev
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      Centrality need not be a curse
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      Professor Robert Traba talks to Magdalena Petryna

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  • European Capitals of Culture
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      Sibiu – the European “self”
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      Katarzyna Jagodzińska

  • Reflections, Impressions, Opinions
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      Constructing history
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      Cultural heritage as seen by contemporary Russians
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      If you are reading this text, it means you are looking at it
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  • By Myself
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