New Memory – New Identity: Active Forgetting in the Process of the Formation of New Memory (Georgia in the 1990s and 2000s)

Nino Chikovani


The paper discusses the problem of distancing from the past and strategies of forgetting which were used in Georgia in the last years of the USSR and the first years of independence. New future of the country required the “new past”. On the first stage of its construction which started from the end of the 1980s and lasted approximately a decade, active forgetting quite often expressed in the form of the revenge on the past was the main strategy of dealing with the Soviet past. On the next stage, the above-mentioned form was not abandoned, however, the accent in the politics of memory was shifted to the passive forgetting and the construction of new sites of memory.


memory construction, active forgetting, sites of memory

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