1st Edition

Reenactment Case Studies Global Perspectives on Experiential History

Edited By Vanessa Agnew, Juliane Tomann, Sabine Stach Copyright 2023
    366 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Reenactment Case Studies: Global Perspectives on Experiential History examines reenactment's challenge to traditional modes of understanding the past, asking how experience-based historical knowledge-making relates to memory-making and politics.

    Reenactment is a global phenomenon that ncompasses living history, historical reality television, performance art, theater, historically-informed music performance, experimental archeology, pilgrimage, battle reenactment, live-action role play, and other forms. These share a concern with simulating the past via authenticity, embodiment, affect, the performative and subjective. As such, reenactment constitutes a global form of popular historical knowledge-making, representation, and commemoration. Yet, in terms of its historical subject matter, styles, and subcultures, reenactment is often nationally or locally inflected. he book thus asks how domestic reenactment practices relate to global ones, as well as to the spread of new populisms, and postcolonial and decolonizing movements. he book is the first to address these questions through reenactment case studies drawn from various world regions.

    Forming a companion volume to the Reenactment Studies Handbook: Key Terms in the Field (2020), Reenactment Case Studies s aimed at a wide academic readership, especially in the fields of istory, film studies, memory studies, performance studies, museum and heritage studies, cultural and literary studies, and anthropology.

    Part 1: Raising Questions of Evidence

    1. Global Reenactment, Local Practices

    Vanessa Agnew, Sabine Stach, and Juliane Tomann

    2. Reenacting 9/11 on Screen

    James Chandler

    3. Crime Scene: Reconstruction in the works of Forensic Architecture and Robert Kuśmirowski

    Dorota Sosnowska

    4. Indigenous, I presume? Unexpected outcomes of repatriation and reenactments of photographic archives in the Upper Amazon

    Christian Vium

    Part 2: Reaffirming Understandings of the Past

    5. In Honor of the Forefathers – Archaeological Reenactment between History Appropriation and Ideological Mission. The Case of Ulfhednar

    Ralf Hoppadietz and Karin Reichenbach

    6. Retracing the Revolution: Partisan Reenactments in Socialist Yugoslavia

    Nikola Baković

    7. Reenacting the Revolution: The Sacred Site of Yan’an in Contemporary China

    Marc Andre Matten

    8. Reenacting Japan’s Past That Never Was: The Ninja in Tourism and Larp

    Björn-Ole Kamm

    Part 3: Challenging Narratives about the Past

    9. "Are We Heroes Too?" Reenacting the 1949 Offensive against the Dutch Occupation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia"

    Lise Zurné

    10. Expedition and Reenactment: Recovering the Ottoman Past through Creating the Evliya Çelebi Way

    Donna Landry and Gerald MacLean

    11. You can’t just put men in the field and be accurate.’ Women in American Revolutionary War Reenactment

    Juliane Tomann

    Part 4: Restaging Lives

    12. Exhibition as Reenactment: Kazimir Malevich at the Tretiakov Gallery, 1929

    Marie Gasper-Hulvat

    13. The Body as Time Machine: Reenactment in Lola Arias’s Documentary Performance

    Brenda Werth

    14. "On Motives for Reenactment: The Example of the Kindertransport" 

    Bill Niven

    Part 5: Negotiating Justice

    15. Reenacting the Cambodian Genocide: Performances of Memory in Ella Pugliese’s Documentary Movie We Want [u] to Know (2009)

    Stéphanie Benzaquen-Gautier

    16. Performing Violence: Trauma and Reenactment in Documentary Film

    Charley Boerman and Boris Noordenbos


    Vanessa Agnew is Professor of Anglophone Studies at Universität Duisburg-Essen. She directs the Critical Thinking Program of Academy in Exile at Freie Universität Berlin and is Honorary Professor in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at The Australian National University.

    Sabine Stach is a research fellow at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig. Her research focus is on Czech and Polish contemporary history, public history, and tourism. From 2015 to 2020 she worked at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw.

    Juliane Tomann is Assistant Professor for Public History at Regensburg University. Her teaching and research interests focus on practices of doing history in popular culture in Central-Eastern Europe and the USA. Previously she was head of the research unit "History in the public sphere" at Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena.