Dissidents, Rebels, and Everyday Heroes: New Perspectives on the Digital Archiving of Cultural Resistance Under State Socialism

Csurgó, Bernadett and Gárdos, Judit and Kerényi, Szabina and Kovács, Éva and Micsik, András (2022) Dissidents, Rebels, and Everyday Heroes: New Perspectives on the Digital Archiving of Cultural Resistance Under State Socialism. East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures. ISSN 1533-8371

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/08883254221131589

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present and study how a digital archive can shape and create new ways of producing, publishing, and studying historical sources. Based on our analysis of the COURAGE Registry about cultural dissent under state socialism in Eastern Europe in the second half of the twentieth century (and focusing on collections about environmental issues in this registry), we seek to understand how different private, amateur, and professional archivists have shaped the scientific and public legacy of cultural dissent under state socialism. The COURAGE Registry conveys a unique view of the history of the Soviet Bloc, providing an assemblage of documents concerning people, groups, institutions, events, and pieces from the time. Together, they tell an alternative story of cultural opposition under socialism, shedding light on important but until now marginalized problems, topics, and actors. Our results have shown that cultural opposition in the Registry is understood and constructed as a wide range of forms of engagement and activities, and it is not limited to specific high-cultural or direct political products. The structure of the COURAGE Registry creates a balance among collections that are very diverse in form, and its linked data structure helps connect the information and stories compiled in it. The COURAGE Registry enables researchers to use it as a tool with which to build their own scientific narratives about dissent under socialism.

Item Type: Article
Title in English: Dissidents, Rebels, and Everyday Heroes: New Perspectives on the Digital Archiving of Cultural Resistance Under State Socialism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Institute for Sociology
Research funder: Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement No 692919
Depositing User: Judit Gárdos
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2022 15:30
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 15:30
URI: https://openarchive.tk.mta.hu/id/eprint/582

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