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Fallen Monuments and Contested Memorials

Edited By

Juilee Decker

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ISBN 9781032183718
June 16, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Fallen Monuments and Contested Memorials examines how the modification, destruction, or absence of monuments and memorials can be viewed as performative acts that challenge prescribed, embodied narratives in the public realm.

Bringing together international, multidisciplinary approaches, the chapters in this volume interrogate the ways in which memorial constructions disclose implicitly and explicitly the proxy battle for public memory and identity, particularly since 2015. Acknowledging the ways in which the past - which is given agency through monuments and memorials - intrudes into daily life, this volume offers perspectives from researchers that answer questions about the roles of monuments and memorials as persistent, yet mutable, works whose meanings are not fixed but are, rather, subject to processes of continual re-interpretation. By using monuments and memorials as lenses through which to view race, memory, and the legacies of war, power, and subjugation, this volume demonstrates how these works and their visible representations of entitlement, possession, control, and authority can offer the opportunity to pose and answer questions about whose memory matters and what our symbols say about who we are and what we value.

Fallen Monuments and Contested Memorials is essential reading for scholars and students studying cultural heritage, history, art history and public history. It will be particularly useful to those with an interest in public monuments and memorials; colonial and post-colonial history; memory studies; and nationalism, race and ethnic studies

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Post-Creation Life of Monuments and Memorials by Juilee Decker, Rochester Institute of Technology

  1. Following Father’s Footsteps: Slavery, Imperialism and the William Ewart Gladstone Memorial Statue in Liverpool City Centre, by Stephen Small, University of California-Berkeley
  2. Problematical Benefactors and Founding Fathers: Negotiating Sculptures of MT Steyn and JH Marais at South African Universities, by Brenda Schmahmann, University of Johannesburg
  3. Recasting Columbus: Local Contestations Against the Monumentalization of Settler Colonialism, by Istifaa O. Ahmed, Maggie Unverzagt Goddard, Allyson LaForge, Aura M. Ochoa, Brown University
  4. "Decolonizing the Streets!" of California through the Removal of Junípero Serra Monuments and Statues, by Shawn Schwaller, California State University, Chico
  5. A Decolonial and Pedagogic Fall on Tulcan Hill: Between Recasting Public Memory and Place, and Recovering History and Commemoration, by Juan Carlos Guerrero-Hernández, Independent Scholar
  6. The Politics of Erasure: De-Commemorating "Comfort Women" in the Philippines, by Lila Shahani, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
  7. Saving Communist Monuments in the Context of De-Communisation in Ukraine: An Examination of Conflicting Narratives, by Anna Glew, University of Manchester
  8. From Civil to Culture War: Confederate Statues and Statutes in Nashville, Tennessee, by Sage Snider, Vanderbilt University
  9. (Re) claiming Public Memory: Confederate Monuments and Memorials as Sites of Contestation in the American South, by Jenna Ann Altomonte, Mississippi State University
  10. Recontextualizing a Campus Monument of George Washington through Collaborative Engagement in the Arts, by Mary Rogero, Jeff Kruth, Annie Dell’Aria, Stephanie Danker, Miami University
  11. "The Disparity Between Us": Rochester’s Frederick Douglass Memorial and its Inscription on the 21st-Century Landscape, by Juilee Decker, Rochester Institute of Technology
  12. Digital Lieux de Mémoire and Milieux de Mémoire: Josephine de Beauharnais and the Digital Afterlife of Toppled Statues, by Rachel Huber, Independent Researcher
  13. Monuments Cast Shadows: Remembering and Forgetting the ‘Dead Survivors’ of Nazi Persecution in Swedish Cemeteries, by Victoria Van Orden Martínez, Linköping University and Malin Thor Tureby, Malmö University
  14. Sono Persone | Ata Janë Njerëz 8.8.1991: Public Mementos and the Political Agency of Absence, by Francesca Liuni, Rhode Island School of Design

Deliberation: The Remembrance of Things Cast, by Juilee Decker, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Juilee Decker is a professor of history at Rochester Institute of Technology where she directs the Museum Studies/Public History program.