Taming Anxieties, Coping with Mnemonic Conflicts: Cultural Diplomacy of Crimean Tatar and Lithuanian American Diasporas through historical films - Didem BUHARİ GÜLMEZ and Dovilė BUDRYTĖ

11/03/2022
ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, VOLUME 19, NUMBER 73 2022
 
Didem BUHARI GULMEZ* and Dovilė BUDRYTĖ**

ABSTRACT
This study focuses on the cultural diplomacy of Crimean Tatar and Lithuanian American diasporas, who both suffered from deportation at the hands of the Soviets and are conducting anti-Russian diplomacy today. Historical films are useful in terms of showing how the diasporic communities seek to reconstruct a collective memory on a traumatic event and tame their anxieties of death, meaninglessness, and condemnation that constitute “unknown unknowns” by turning them into the fear of a “known unknown” through securitization. Therefore, this study aims to grasp the multiplicity of anxieties reflected upon the Crimean Tatar and Lithuanian diasporas’ recent historical films that demonstrate how diasporas’ varying anxieties translate into diverse strategies of political representation and mobilisation against Russia. It thus reconciles the scholarship on diaspora’s memory politics with anxiety/fear nexus in securitization theory.

Keywords: Trauma, deportation, securitization, anxiety of death, memory politics.

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*    Assoc. Prof., Izmir Katip Celebi University, Department of International Relations.
**  Prof., Georgia Gwinnett College, Department of Political Science.