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Invasive materialities: War bunkers as disturbing nodes of collaboration

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This article discusses the qualities and affordances of the remaining World War II bunkers still found along Europe’s Western coastline. Drawing on ethnographic and historical material from a Danish section of the line, and on my involvement in establishing an alternative film festival among these ruins, I explore the bunkers as ‘invasive’ materialities, that is, externally-imposed structures, still conceived in various ways as foreign, intrusive or out of place. The bunkers continue to disturb the status quo, prompting different kinds of responses – of opposition and consternation but also certain kinds of allure and fascination. With the film festival as main case, I trace the bunkers as products of various kinds of collaboration and as natural-cultural amalgams around which questions of protection, ownership, and rights come to matter, socially and materially. I argue that an ‘invasive’ analytics may further our understanding of the different relationships and agencies involved in these dynamics.
TidsskriftJournal of Material Culture
Sider (fra-til)1-19
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2022

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