A Past That Hurts: Memory, Politics and Transnationalism between Bangladesh and Portugal

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This chapter explores the relation between mobility and the politics of memory. Focusing on the debates among Bangladeshis in Lisbon, Portugal about the role played by a political party and its main leaders during the Bangladeshi liberation war in 1971, the aim is to reveal how the struggles for a hegemonic narrative of the past are fought out in a transnational context. These heated debates in Lisbon began in 2003, but reached a recent climax influenced by the International Crimes Tribunal in 2009 and the Shabhag protests in Bangladesh. ‘A Past That Hurts’ concludes that due to mobility, in this case migration, the convergence of past and present in everyday and political life is enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemories on the Move
Subtitle of host publicationExperiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past
EditorsMonika Palmberger, Jelena Tošić
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-57549-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-57548-7, 978-1-349-84697-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMigration, Diasporas and Citizenship
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan, UK
ISSN (Print)2662-2602


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