Drawing together many stories from the archives of difficult events and volatile histories, Archiving Loss: Holding Places for Difficult Memories asks how we might cut and walk a path for memory, loss, and silence in the archive. The difficult events discussed in this book include state responses to refugees, events of genocide, alongside other less documented pockets of trauma, violence, and loss. This book describes the archives whose language and logic have shaped our ways we remember and respond to difficult events and the ways in which we expect memory and loss to be coherent, credible, and lead to clear conclusions. In asking what is missing and what is found in the archives of difficult events this book argues for the necessity of looking more closely at other ways of remembering loss and archiving memory.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Pouring Memory
Part I: The Archive
Chapter 1: Power in the Archives
Chapter 2: Expectations in the Archive
Chapter 3: Archives and Difficult Events
Part II: Archive Fever
Chapter 4: Counting to Discount
Chapter 5: The Language and Logic of the Archive
Part III: Remembering in the Archive
Chapter 6: Archival Filters
Chapter 7: The Archive as a Gate Opener
Chapter 8: Loss and the Archive
Martine Louise Hawkes, PhD, is a researcher based at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. Her research interests centre on the landscapes and places of memory and social and personal constructions of memory after loss.