Thursday, Apr 25, 2024, 7:00 PM

Jie-Hyun Lim

Professor of Transnational History and Director of the Critical Global Studies Institute, Sogang University, Seoul

Victimhood Nationalism. A Global History

Moderator: Susan Neiman, Potsdam

Available also via Zoom (register here)

In the past, nationalism found its justification in heroic stories of a people’s invincibility. Today, more and more states around the world are drawing their self-confidence from a history of victimhood whose status is transferrable to future generations.
Taking a comparative look at Poland, Germany, Israel, Japan, and South Korea, the historian Jie-Hyun Lim discusses the problems arising from victim nationalism when it takes the form of power politics: the falsification of the past, the overshadowing of real victims, and the legitimization of domination. Lim explores how nations from Europe to the Global East relate, compare, explain, and put into competition the world’s past catastrophes. He argues for a transnational yet historically precise space of remembrance based on sympathy and diversity.

Jie-Hyun Lim is the author of many books, including most recently Global Easts: Remembering, Imagining, Mobilizing (2022), which has been published in German as Opfernationalismus: Erinnerung und Herrschaft in der postkolonialen Welt (2024).

The event will be held in English