About the Project

Finding Diefenbunker: Canadian Nationalism and Cold War Memory
In the late 1950’s, the Government of Canada under the direction of then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, authorized the construction of 11 nuclear fallout shelters in classified locations across the country. Known as “Diefenbunkers”, many of the original structures, which were meant to protect Canadian interests under the threat of the Cold War, have now been repurposed, sold or fallen into disrepair. This project explores the Diefenbunkers as “sites of memory” (Nora) through which Cold War remembrance is socially constructed. In analyzing this aspect of the Cold War, we consider the intangible memory of terror in relation to nation building and museological sites.

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