This chapter focuses on contemporary strategies of ethnic consolidation during a crisis. The ethnic discourse reflected in accumulated collective memories, helped to overcome the past traumatic event and to provide ethnic group with vital sense of identity. Based on the trauma of Sürgün (forceful deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea in 1944), I will research the practices of remembering of the Event (deportation). By using theories of political victimization, I will establish a new framework for analysis of mechanisms for political mobilization during the crisis. The empirical part will be devoted to current interpretations of the traumatic Soviet past in Crimean Tatar community’s relation to the ongoing political changes in both mainland Ukraine and the annexed Crimea since 2014.
Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Nikolko, M. (2018). Collective trauma, memories, and victimization narratives in modern strategies of ethnic consolidation: The crimean tatar case. In Crisis and Change in Post-Cold War Global Politics: Ukraine in a Comparative Perspective (pp. 69–93). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-78589-9_4