Berber bevernage
Research seminar

Denial in the age of apology: Some reflections on recent trends in historical denialism and extreme revisionism.

Since roughly the last decennium of the previous millennium the phenomenon of historical denialism and the attempts to counter it have undergone some remarkable evolutions in terms of the actors that are involved, the political contexts in which they manifest themselves and the types and techniques of denial that prevail. None of these aspects is entirely new in itself, but when we consider them together, the dynamics of historical denialism are profoundly changing, becoming increasingly complex and involving ever higher political stakes. Gaining a proper understanding of this evolving situation is of key importance to know how best to react to it.
The presentation will focus on three key aspects of recent forms of historical denialism and extreme revisions. First we will analyze how historical denialism is becoming increasingly diffuse both in a geographical sense as well as in the sense that is increasingly a work of collective authorship that is strongly influenced by transnational migration patterns and the rise of new global media. A second remarkable feature of recent historical denialism, which we will discuss, is that it is increasingly a state-sponsored phenomenon that often leads to strong diplomatic tensions between states and has become a core part of geo-political strategies. Thirdly we will reflect on historical denialism’s ambiguous relation to the international rise of the ‘dealing with the Past’ agenda or the so-called liberal memory project.

Berber Bevernage, Department of History, Ghent University

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