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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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Remembering Violence How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts

Remembering Violence: How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts

1st Edition

Forthcoming

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

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

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

Siobhan Kattago
December 11, 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

Nigel Young
December 11, 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

Shu-Mei Huang, Hyun-Kyung Lee
September 26, 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

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

Stuart Burch
June 19, 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, ...

Memory and Forgetting in the Post-Holocaust Era The Ethics of Never Again

Memory and Forgetting in the Post-Holocaust Era: The Ethics of Never Again

1st Edition

Alejandro Baer, Natan Sznaider
June 10, 2019

To forget after Auschwitz is considered barbaric. Baer and Sznaider question this assumption not only in regard to the Holocaust but to other political crimes as well. The duties of memory surrounding the Holocaust have spread around the globe and interacted with other narratives of victimization ...

Framing the Nation and Collective Identities Political Rituals and Cultural Memory of the Twentieth-Century Traumas in Croatia

Framing the Nation and Collective Identities: Political Rituals and Cultural Memory of the Twentieth-Century Traumas in Croatia

1st Edition

Vjeran Pavlaković, Davor Pauković
May 15, 2019

This book analyzes top-down and bottom-up strategies of framing the nation and collective identities through commemorative practices relating to events from the Second World War and the 1990s "Homeland War" in Croatia. With attention to media representations of commemorative events and opinion poll...

Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels

Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels

1st Edition

Golnar Nabizadeh
May 07, 2019

This book analyses the relationship between comics and cultural memory. By focussing on a range of landmark comics from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the discussion draws attention to the ongoing role of visual culture in framing testimony, particularly in relation to underprivileged ...

Holocaust, War and Transnational Memory Testimony from Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Literature

Holocaust, War and Transnational Memory: Testimony from Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Literature

1st Edition

Stijn Vervaet
April 15, 2019

Until now, there has been little scholarly attention given to the ways in which Eastern European Holocaust fiction can contribute to current debates about transnational and transgenerational memory. Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav literary narratives about the Holocaust offer a particularly interesting ...

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