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MIGRATION, MEMORY, HERITAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL
APPROACHES TO THE BULGARIAN-TURKISH BORDER
the public and political dimensions of remembrance, for enacting its“capsulation”back in time, and
for outlining the exceptional “historical meaning” of these events. Yet, interestingly enough, the
references to this meaning and to the political importance of remembering are made during the
ceremony, in front of the present local people and the returning resettlers – many of whom with
direct observations about the events of 1980s, with awareness about the new forms of alienation
that the resettlement posed upon them, and with reservations of remembering these events.
It is namely here – in the tension between the deeply sunk personal memories about
the resettlement and their mobilization in the political discourse of the present – where the
forthcoming commemorations of the “Revival” process and the participation of resettlers in such
ritual activities would be put at stake and would face its major challenges.
Translated from Bulgarian by Nikolai Vukov
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