Slogans and graffiti: Postmemory among youth in the Italo–Slovenian borderland:

ALESSANDRA MIKLAVCIC

ABSTRACT

In this article, I look at the ways in which contested memories, imagined communities, and social ressentiment are embraced and filtered by Slovenian and Italian youth as postmemory and transformed into symbolic weapons that exclude, make demands, or simply provoke. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in the Italo–Slovenian border area of Trieste, I analyze two settings in which these symbols are used: a soccer match between Slovenia and Italy played in the summer of 2002 at which a mysterious banner provoked diplomatic tensions and the everyday graffiti war waged on the walls of the city of Trieste. [political symbols, memories, youth, Italy, Slovenia, soccer match, graffiti]