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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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Memory and Identity Ghosts of the Past in the English-speaking World

Memory and Identity: Ghosts of the Past in the English-speaking World

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Linda Pillière, Karine Bigand
October 24, 2022

This book examines the ways in which ghosts haunt and shape cultural identities and memory, considering the manner in which the fluctuations of such identities sometimes imply the rethinking or rewriting of the past. Drawing on case studies in historical, political, literary and linguistic studies,...

Remembering the Liberation Struggles in Cape Verde A Mnemohistory

Remembering the Liberation Struggles in Cape Verde: A Mnemohistory

1st Edition

By Miguel Cardina, Inês Nascimento Rodrigues
October 06, 2022

Remembering the Liberation Struggles in Cape Verde: A Mnemohistory takes as its reference from the anti-colonial struggles against the Portuguese colonial empire in Africa in the 1960s and 1970s and the ways this period has been publicly remembered. Drawing on original and detailed empirical ...

Remembering Violence How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts

Remembering Violence: How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts

1st Edition

By Robin Maria DeLugan
May 30, 2022

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
April 29, 2022

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
April 29, 2022

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 ...

Commemorating Muslims in the First World War Centenary Making Melancholia

Commemorating Muslims in the First World War Centenary: Making Melancholia

1st Edition

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 ...

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
April 01, 2021

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...

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, ...

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