Arts and Culture
The development of Partition Studies in different disciplines (such as History, Political Sciences, Geography, but also Cultural History, Anthropology, Literary Studies and Film Studies) invites a global reflection on territorial divisions, and the social and cultural effects of these “long” partitions (in India, Korea, Viet-Nam, Russia etc.). In this regard, the seminal works already done on cultural productions (Das, Bernard, Hochberg, Clearly) allow both to weave a history of the nations as “imagined communities”, and to put into light the body of images and representations associated to the territory, its fragmentation or its loss. Beyond disciplinary approaches, Partition Studies encourage to consider partitions as an "aesthetic paradigm" (Anna Bernard), which deeply both nurtures and structures imaginaries and their networks of representation.
In the light of both Viet-Kieu films (such as "Journey from the Fall" by Ham Tran), and South Asian post-1947 fictions, this paper aims at questioning the various and massive effects of territorial partitions on imaginaries and, subsequently, on cultural representations.