Local: Auditório do LISA Rua do Anfiteatro, 181 Cj. Colmeias favo 12 Cidade Universitária - SP Anthropology of memory: The monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia in step with the time Dr Daniela Koleva, associate professor, Sofia University Drawing on Michel de Certeau’s concepts of strategies and tactics in the urban space, I shall tell the story of the transformation of the monument to the Soviet Army in downtown Sofia from a solemn site of memory (lieu de mémoire) to a site of conflicting narratives of the past, political contest, civic activism, subcultural creation and, in some sense, to a non-place (non-lieu). I will be specifically interested in the attempts at appropriation of the site by various actors and the dynamics of those appropriations in the past few years. Based on this case, I will try to formulate broader conclusions relevant for the anthropology of memory.
Daniela Koleva holds a PhD in Sociology from Sofia University. She is associate professor at the Department for History and Theory of Culture, Sofia University, member of the Academic Board of New Europe College, Bucharest and of the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of the Recent Past, Sofia. Her research interests are in the fields of oral history and anthropology of socialism and post-socialism, biographical and cultural memory, politics of memory and heritage, gender, social constructionism. She has published a monograph on the ‘normal life course’ in socialist Bulgaria and a number of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed international journals. She is the (co)editor of 20 Years after the Collapse of Communism: Expectations, Achievements and Disillusions of 1989 (2011), Negotiating Normality: Everyday Lives in Socialist Institutions (2012, pb Routledge 2017), Ageing, Ritual and Social Change: Comparing the Secular and Religious in Eastern and Western Europe. (Ashgate, 2013), From Literature to Cultural Literacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Daniela is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the journals Oral History, REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, L’Homme: Zeitschrift für feministische Geschichtswissenschaft, Bulgarska Etnologia and the online journal Seminar-BG www.seminar-bg.eu .