This volume pays tribute to Luisa Passerini, whose scholarship has had a major impact on feminist and other scholars around the world. First known internationally for developing new conceptual approaches to oral history and memory studies based on the recognition of the subjective nature of memory, Passerini has more recently written about autobiography, the history of emotions and concepts of belonging in Europe, and reimagining a more inclusive Europe.
In this book, scholars from North America, South America and Europe engage Passerini’s groundbreaking insights into the nature of subjectivity, intersubjectivity, autobiography, and love in relation to the themes of borders, emotions, and memory. The contributions deal with topics including Mennonite refugee women's food memories; the testimonies of far-left Chilean women who survived brutal sexualized violence; and memories of the war between East and West Pakistan, and India and Pakistan. Other contributions to the volume situate and reflect on Passerini’s career-encompassing scholarship. Passerini speaks with the editors of her latest work on oral and visual memories of human movement, and also offers a thoughtful response to the essays, whose authors represent a transnational and multi-generational group of scholars. This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s History Review.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Borders, Conflict Zones, and Memory: scholarly engagements with Luisa Passerini Donna R. Gabaccia and Franca Iacovetta
1. ‘The dumpling in my soup was lonely just like me’: food in the memories of Mennonite women refugees Marlene Epp
2. ‘Memory Speaks from Today’: analyzing oral histories of female members of the MIR in Chile through the work of Luisa Passerini Hillary Hiner
3. On Luisa Passerini: subjectivity, Europe, affective historiography Ioanna Laliotou
4. Destroyed by Love: nation, memory, and humanity in South Asia Yasmin Saikia
5. Response on Borders, Conflict Zones, and Memory Luisa Passerini
6. ‘Bodies Across Borders. Oral And Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond’ (BABE): a conversation with Luisa Passerini, Donna Gabaccia, and Franca Iacovetta
Donna R. Gabaccia is Professor of History at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has authored or edited books and articles on international, interdisciplinary and feminist studies of migration. Her work has been honoured by the American Sociological Association and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and she is a past president of the Social Science History Association.
Franca Iacovetta is Professor of History at the University of Toronto, Canada. She has authored or edited books and articles on Canadian, international, and feminist studies of migration, labour, radicalism, internment, pluralism, and the Cold War. Her scholarship has received several awards, including from the Canadian Historical Association, and she is past president of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians.