Recapturing the Lost

Digitalized Memories of the Rhodesian Bush War

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  • 1 Malmö University ane.kirkegaard@mah.se
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ABSTRACT

Rhodesians occupy a very specific digitalized time-space bubble at the very edges of a margin that researchers think of as “past” In this study, I trace the memorization of the Rhodesian Bush War on YouTube, of what it was like to fight for a dream and see it crumble in an isolated and highly racialized society. Through narrative analysis focusing on identity formation and social networks of relationships, a militaryromantic story of racialized masculine heroism, suffering and sacrifice is pieced together, forming a globally shared Rhodesian space-time bubble of meaningfulness, making it an active part of the present as much as a remnant of the past.

Contributor Notes

ANE MARIE ØRBØ KIRKEGAARD teaches peace and conflict studies at Malmö University. Her research includes field research among black and white Zimbabweans on family planning and sexuality; locating reproductive and sexual behavior at the intersection of colonial politics; war and postcolonial development; conflict-induced student migration and higher education; and the digitalization of Rhodesian representations of “home” within the project “Excursions into Marginality: The Rhodesian Diaspora’s Speaking of Home on the Internet”

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