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Objects on the Memory Borders: Between Tilsit and Sovetsk

[Veshchi na granitse territorii pamiati: mezhdu Til’zitom i Sovetskom]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541523060039


Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 14.08.2023

Accepted: 07.09.2023

About author(s)

Daria Radchenko | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9298-7783 | darradchenko@gmail.com | Institute for Social Sciences Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (82 Vernadsky Avenue, Moscow, 119571, Russia)


historical memory, border, border studies, Kaliningrad region, materiality, heritage, nostalgy, memory studies, evocative objects


Sovetsk, a city in the Kaliningrad region of Russia, is the typical case of a complex interaction of locals with a “foreign” past. The dwellers of the city are living within the environment of material heritage that remained after the total change of population in World War II (including everyday objects, architecture and landscape) and are building their identity through them. Drawing on the approaches of border studies and memory studies, we show how regions of memory of pre-war Tilsit and post-war Sovetsk interact and confl ict in vernacular narratives of city dwellers, and how the latter move between those regions in the course of manipulating evocative objects in daily and business practices. The article is a part of the RANEPA state assignment research program.


Radchenko, D.A. 2023. Veshchi na granitse territorii pamiati: mezhdu Til’zitom i Sovetskom [Objects on the Memory Borders: Between Tilsit and Sovetsk]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 6: 26–43. https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541523060039 EDN: MNWKCM

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