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Antropologicheskij forum, 2017, no. 33

 

WAR AS FESTIVAL, FESTIVAL AS WAR: PERFORMATIVE COMMEMORATION OF VICTORY DAY

Alexandra Arkhipova

Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences
82/2 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
84 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Russian State University for the Humanities
6 Miusskaya sq., Moscow, Russia
alexandra.arkhipova()gmail.com

Dmitry Doronin

Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences
82/2 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
84 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Russian State University for the Humanities
6 Miusskaya sq., Moscow, Russia
demetra2()mail.ru

Anna Kirzyuk

Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences
82/2 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
84 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Russian State University for the Humanities
6 Miusskaya sq., Moscow, Russia
kirzuk()mail.ru

Daria Radchenko

Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences
82/2 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
84 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Center for Urban Anthropology “Strelka”
14, building 5a Bersenevskaya emb., Moscow, Russia
darya_radchenko()mail.ru

Anna Sokolova

Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences
82/2 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences
32a Leninskiy Prospect, Moscow, Russia
annadsokolova()gmail.com

Alexey Titkov

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
84 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
National Research University Higher School of Economics
20 Myasnitskaya st., Moscow, Russia
Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences
82/2 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
a-titkov()yandex.ru

Elena Yugay

Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences
82/2 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, Russia
leta-u()yandex.ru

Abstract: In the last few years, ways of celebrating Victory Day in Russia have changed significantly and now involve multiple practices of “remembering through acting” (performative commemoration). The paper focuses on the functioning of such vernacular practices (including the decoration of cars, dressing in military uniforms, participating in the “Immortal Regiment” parade, etc.). Public discussions of such new forms show both the integrating and disintegrating potential of this festival. The framework within which the descendants of the victors define their attitude to Victory Day (memory of victims or of triumph, usage of official symbols or reluctance to use them) becomes the basis for unity and mutual disengagement of the two competing “moral communities”.

Keywords: performative commemoration, Victory Day, “Immortal Regiment”, family practices, universal practices.

To cite: Arkhipova A., Doronin D., Kirzyuk A., Radchenko D., Sokolova A., Titkov A., Yugay E., ‘Voyna kak prazdnik, prazdnik kak voyna: performativnaya kommemoratsiya Dnya Pobedy’ [War as Festival, Festival as War: Performative Commemoration of Victory Day], Antropologicheskij forum, 2017, no. 33, pp. 84–122.

URL: http://anthropologie.kunstkamera.ru/files/pdf/033/arkhipova_et_al.pdf