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Za oponou autenticity minulosti : Vytváranie dobových historických ukážok druhej svetovej vojny

Title in English Behind the Curtain of the Authenticity of the Past : Creating the historical examples of the Second World War


Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Cargo
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Web článek - open access
Keywords selective authenticity; materiality; knowledge
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Description The article represents a contribution to the debate about authenticity and reenactments (historical enactments). On the example of the reenactment of the World War II battles it shows that the concept of authenticity is fluid and variable. Authenticity is a continuous process of negotiation between materiality and conduct. Therefore, the article aims to monitor the role of objects that are used in re-enactments and act as carriers of knowledge in the creationand mediation of authenticity. The analysis selects the equipment and uniform as the objects that the biography tracks in each phase of their lives. It also follows how the reenactors acquireperiod conduct between themselves that helps them achieve an authentic experience. The articleis the result of ethnographic research among the clubs of military history in 2013–2017.It consisted of observation and attendance of demonstrations, preparatory meetings and club meetings, and eleven in-depth interviews with reenactors.
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