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Table of contents
The Varangian guard and its contribution to the manifestation of the imperial power in Byzantium
Instances of kingship in Sverris saga
The entry of the boyars
Approaching the past: a tangled interplay of memory, political choices and historical science
My file
Between truth and memory images in Lithuanian historical documentaries in post-communist transformation period
Questions of transnational cinema: the Baltic case from culture to branding
World War II in Baltic and Nordic social media
Reading the facades. Architexture of Kaliningrad city
The Baltic Sea and the Black Sea: security challenges and vulnerabilities after the Cold War
Representations of suppressed indigenous cultural memories
Women in the Latvian War of Independence 1918 - 1920








Adél Furu

Babe?-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, E-mail:




This paper was presented at the Sixth international conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies in Romania, Historical memory, the politics of memory and cultural identity: Romania, Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region in comparison, hosted by the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies, Faculty of History and Political Sciences of Ovidius University of Constan?a and International Summer School of The University of Oslo, Norway, May 22-23, 2015. Supported by a grant from Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway, The EEA Fund for Bilateral Relations, contract no. 910/20.03.2015.



In my paper I intend to examine how the historical marginalization of Sami and Kurdish history and culture affects the cultural identity of these ethnic groups. I discuss how recent political discourses and state interventions have influenced the images of the past and identity politics in the Sami communities living in Finland and in the Kurdish society living in Turkey. Furthermore, I describe how these assimilated minorities have alienated from their own identity due to a damage of their collective memory caused by devastating historical events. The paper also focuses on the ways these two minorities give meaning to the past and strengthen their cultural identities through different forms of art. Both Samis and Kurds express their identities in several creative ways. Their historical realities, individual histories, memories of assimilation and common values are reflected in joiks, folk music and cinema. These are strong ways of remembering and expressions of identity in both cultures. Traditional songs, films, documentaries reveal histories, reproduce cultures and shape the memories of both Sami and Kurdish people. Therefore, I will discuss how the patterns of their cultural memory have an impact on the representation of their identities in the above art forms.          



Acest studiu prezintă modul în care marginalizarea istorică a culturii ?i istoriei popoarelor sami ?i kurd afectează identitatea culturală a acestor grupuri etnice. De asemenea, vom analiza felul în care discursurile politice recente ?i interven?iile statelor au influen?at imaginile trecutului ?i politica de identitate în comunită?ile sami care trăiesc în Finlanda ?i în societatea kurdă care trăie?te în Turcia. Aceste minorită?i asimilate s-au înstrăinat de propria lor identitate ca urmare a deteriorării memoriei colective cauzată de evenimente istorice devastatoare. Cele două minorită?i dau sens trecutului ?i î?i consolidează identită?ile culturale prin diferite forme de artă. Realită?ile lor istorice, istoriile individuale, amintirile legate de asimilare ?i valorile comune sunt reflectate în joikuri, muzica tradi?ională ?i cinema. Acestea sunt modalită?i puternice de amintire ?i expresii ale identită?ii în ambele culturi. Cântecele tradi?ionale, filmele ?i documentarele dezvăluie istorii, reproduc culturi ?i modelează amintirile poporului sami ?i ale kurzilor. Memoria culturală are un impact asupra reprezentării propriilor identită?i în formele de artă de mai sus.


Keywords: cultural memory, Kurd, Sami, history, identity, art

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