The project Mapping Anticommunism. Cultural Policies and Community Memory in Historical Narratives of Romanian Film and Literature (1990-2006) aims to investigate and assess the impact and consequences of the anticommunist stance upon cultural policies, institutions and representations in Romanian film and literature between 1990 and 2006. The main objective is to develop a locally bound set of concepts which are translatable in an East-Central European transnational context. Using a methodology derived from the fields of intellectual history, cultural and memory studies, and ideological critique, Comemory takes into account the complex nature of anticommunism – an aggregate-concept which entails altogether a creative method, a reception grid, a strategy of cultural policy as well as a politically informed ideological platform. Consequently, the project aims to reframe the community memory of the post-1989 transition by exploring the anticommunist biases of the cultural production and of its structural transformations in post-communist Romania. The research focuses on: a. the canonical debates of the 1990s (East-Ethical revisionism, modernist-postmodernist ideological debacle, National Curriculum reform); b. the restructuring of film and literary industries (financing, professional organisations, cultural distribution); c. historical narratives (developing both up-front critique of communism and formerly taboo themes or aesthetic programs).

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