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Memory Studies: Global Constellations


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Memory Studies as an academic field of cultural inquiry emerges at a time when global public debates, buttressed by the fragmentation of nation states and their traditional narratives, have greatly accelerated. Societies are today pregnant with newly unmediated memories, once sequestered in broad collective representations and their ideological stances. But, the ‘past in the present’ has returned with a vengeance in the early 21st Century, and with it an expansion of categories of cultural experience and meaning. This new series explores the social and cultural stakes around forgetting, useful forgetting and remembering, locally, regionally, nationally and globally. It welcomes studies of migrant memory from failed states; micro-histories battling against collective memories; the mnemonic past of emotions; the mnemonic spatiality of sites of memory; and the reconstructive ethics of memory in the face of galloping informationalization, as this renders the ‘mnemonic’ more and more public and publically accessible.

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Commemorating Muslims in the First World War Centenary Making Melancholia

Commemorating Muslims in the First World War Centenary: Making Melancholia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Meghan Tinsley
November 23, 2021

Commemorating Muslims in the First World War Centenary engages with the explosion of public commemorations in Britain and France in the wake of the First World War centenary, alongside the hyper-visibility of British and French Muslims in political and popular discourse. Bringing these two ...

Contemporary Auschwitz/Oświęcim An Interactional, Synchronic Approach to Collective Memory

Contemporary Auschwitz/Oświęcim: An Interactional, Synchronic Approach to Collective Memory

1st Edition

By Thomas Van de Putte
September 30, 2021

This book presents an innovative theoretical and empirical approach to the present attributions of meaning to the past. Based on the author’s fieldwork in the contemporary Polish town of Oświęcim – Auschwitz, in German – it observes the manner in which residents remember and narrate the past of ...

The Politics of Memory in Poland and Ukraine From Reconciliation to De-Conciliation

The Politics of Memory in Poland and Ukraine: From Reconciliation to De-Conciliation

1st Edition

Edited By Tomasz Stryjek, Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin
September 30, 2021

Bringing together the work of sociologists, historians, and political scientists, this book explores the increasing importance of the politics of memory in central and eastern European states since the end of communism, with a particular focus on relations between Ukraine and Poland. Through ...

How Memory Divides The Search for Identity in Eastern Germany

How Memory Divides: The Search for Identity in Eastern Germany

1st Edition

By Jeremy Brooke Straughn
May 10, 2021

This book examines the paradox of collective identity in eastern Germany in the wake of German reunification. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, citizens of the former German Democratic Republic were confronted with a dilemma: Were they already Germans without qualification, like their ...

Remembering Violence How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts

Remembering Violence: How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts

1st Edition

By Robin Maria DeLugan
November 30, 2020

This volume examines the ways in which the violent legacies of the twentieth century continue to affect the concept of the nation. Through a study of three societies’ commemoration of notorious episodes of 1930s state violence, the author considers the manner in which attention to the state ...

Remembrance and Forgiveness Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Mass Violence

Remembrance and Forgiveness: Global and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Genocide and Mass Violence

1st Edition

Edited By Ajlina Karamehić-Muratović, Laura Kromják
October 27, 2020

An enquiry into the social science of remembrance and forgiveness in global episodes of genocide and mass violence during the post-Holocaust era, this volume explores the ways in which remembrance and forgiveness have changed over time and how they have been used in more recent cases of genocide ...

Repression, Resistance and Collaboration in Stalinist Romania 1944-1964 Post-communist Remembering

Repression, Resistance and Collaboration in Stalinist Romania 1944-1964: Post-communist Remembering

1st Edition

By Monica Ciobanu
October 15, 2020

This book examines how the process of remembering Stalinist repression in Romania has shifted from individual, family, and group representations of lived and witnessed experiences characteristic of the 1990s to more recent and state-sponsored expressions of historical remembrance through their ...

Encountering the Past within the Present Modern Experiences of Time

Encountering the Past within the Present: Modern Experiences of Time

1st Edition

By Siobhan Kattago
December 05, 2019

Encountering the Past within the Present: Modern Experiences of Time examines different encounters with the past from within the present – whether as commemoration, nostalgia, silence, ghostly haunting or combinations thereof. Taking its cue from Hannah Arendt’s definition of the present as a time ...

Postnational Memory, Peace and War Making Pasts Beyond Borders

Postnational Memory, Peace and War: Making Pasts Beyond Borders

1st Edition

By Nigel Young
December 05, 2019

This book examines the phenomenon of modern memory as a reaction to total war, an aspiration to truth-seeking provoked by the independent forces of modern war and collective violence which is transnational, or postnational, in character. Using examples from prose and poetry, film and theatre, ...

Heritage, Memory, and Punishment Remembering Colonial Prisons in East Asia

Heritage, Memory, and Punishment: Remembering Colonial Prisons in East Asia

1st Edition

By Shu-Mei Huang, Hyun-Kyung Lee
September 25, 2019

Based on a transnational study of decommissioned, postcolonial prisons in Taiwan (Taipei and Chiayi), South Korea (Seoul), and China (Lushun), this book offers a critical reading of prisons as a particular colonial product, the current restoration of which as national heritage is closely related to...

War Memory and Commemoration

War Memory and Commemoration

1st Edition

By Brad West
September 05, 2019

In a period characterised by an unprecedented cultural engagement with the past, individuals, groups and nations are debating and experimenting with commemoration in order to find culturally relevant ways of remembering warfare, genocide and terrorism. This book examines such remembrances and the ...

London and the Politics of Memory In the Shadow of Big Ben

London and the Politics of Memory: In the Shadow of Big Ben

1st Edition

By Stuart Burch
June 17, 2019

This book provides an original, impassioned exploration of memory studies and the uses of the past in the present. It capitalises on London’s global appeal and Big Ben’s iconic status. Moving beyond this familiar facade the reader will journey around the hidden histories of Westminster’s streets, ...

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