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Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Anna Lisa Tota, Trever Hagen


546 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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The Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies offers students and researchers original contributions that comprise the debates, intersections and future courses of the field. It is divided in six themed sections:

1)Theories and Perspectives,

2) Cultural artefacts, Symbols and Social practices,

3) Public, Transnational, and Transitional Memories

4) Technologies of Memory,

5) Terror, Violence and Disasters,

6) and Body and Ecosystems.

A strong emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary breadth of Memory Studies with contributions from leading international scholars in sociology, anthropology, philosophy, biology, film studies, media studies, archive studies, literature and history. The Handbook addresses the core concerns and foundations of the field while indicating new directions in Memory Studies.


"The editors have selected a thought-provoking set of essays that address many of the most important themes and issues within memory studies and contribute exciting new research and ideas to the field. The Handbook invites productive questions about the nature of memory and the field that studies it, and anyone with an interest in memory will find a great deal to appreciate in this volume. The collection also reminds us of the limits of memory studies as a field and may be helpful in establishing disciplinary and conceptual boundaries around memory as an object of study. For all of these reasons it is a valuable and interesting read and a worthy addition to the growing canon."

- Amy Sodaro, Department of Sociology, Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY

Table of Contents

Part I. Theories and Perspectives 1. Rethinking the Concept of Collective Memory, Barry Schwartz 2. Reconceptualizing Memory as Event: from "difficult pasts" to "restless events", Robin Wagner-Pacifici 3. Pierre Nora's Les Lieux de memoire Thirty Years After, Patrick Hutton 4. Sites of Memory Studies (Lieux des études de mémoire), Jeffrey Olick 5. Against Memory, Jeffrey Goldfarb 6. Cultural Memory Studies: Mediation, narrative, and the aesthetic, Ann Rigney Part II. Cultural Artefacts, Symbols and Social Practices 7. Social Movements and Memory, Ron Eyerman 8. Banal Commemoration, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi 9. Organizational Memories – A phenomenological analysis, Thomas S. Eberle 10. Memory, Time, and Responsibility, Carmen Leccardi 11. Memory of the Future, Paolo Jedlowski 12. "Housing Spirits: The Grave as an Exemplary Site of Memory," Hans Ruin Part III: Public, Transnational, and Transitional Memories 13. Globalization and/of Memory: On the complexification and contestation of memory cultures and practices, David Inglis 14 . The Afterlife and Renaissance of the Plastic People of the (21st Century) Universe: Continuity and memory in bohemia, Trever Hagen 15. De-Centering the Media, Normalizing Scandal, and Deflating Collective Memory, Mark Jacobs 16. Antigone in Leon: The drama of trauma politics, Natan Sznaider and Alejandro Baer 17. Urban Spaces, City Cultures, and Collective Memories, Kevin Loughran, Gary Alan Fine, and Marcus Anthony Hunter 18. Digital Trauma Archives: The "Yellow Star Houses" Project, Gabriella Ivacs Part IV: Technologies of Memory 19. Cultural Heritage: Tangible and Intangible Markers of Collective Memory, Diane Barthel- Bouchier 20. Remembering Identity Through Music: The case of community from Turkey in Berlin, Pinar Güran-Aydin and Tia DeNora 21. Cinema And Memory Studies: Now, then, and tomorrow, Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez 22. Memory and Future Selves in Futurist Dystopian Cinema: The Road (2010) and The Book of Eli (2010), E. Ann Kaplan 23. "The Mirror with a Memory": Placing photography in memory studies, Olga Shevchenko 24. Bone, Steel and Stone: Reification and transformation in Holocaust memorials, Zachary Metz 25. Walking the Autobiographical Path. The spatial dimension of remembering in a memoir by Italo Calvino, Alessandra Fasulo Part V: Terror, Violence and Disasters 26. Southeast Asia and the Politics of Contested Memories, Kwok Kian-Woon and Roxana Waterson 27. Japanese War Memories and Commemoration After the Great East Japan Earthquake, Philip Seaton 28. Disaster, Trauma, and Memory, Bin Xu 29. Memory and Recent Past: Chile, from revolution to repression, Isabel Torres Dujisin 30. An "Unaccomplished Memory": The strategy of tension in Italy (1969-1993) and the Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan (December 12, 1969), Anna Lisa Tota and Lia Luchetti 31. Between Absence and Invisibility: Undocumented migration and the September 11th memorial, Alexandra Delano and Ben Nienass 32. The Madrid 2004 Bombing: Understanding the puzzle of 11-M’s flawed commemorative process, Cristina Flesher Fominaya 33. Remembering 7/7: The collective shaping of survivors’ personal memories of the 2005 London bombing, Steven D. Brown, Matthew Allen and Paula Reavey Part VI: Body and Ecosystems 34. When Memory Goes Awry, Maria I. Medved and Jens Brockmeier 35. Dancing the Present. Body memory and quantum field theory, Anna Lisa Tota 36. Implicit Memory, Emotional Experience and Self-Regulation: The heart’s role in raising our consciousness baseline, Rollin McCraty 37. Cell Memory of an Ancestral State: Going backward across our life span to resume self-healing abilities, Carlo Ventura 38. Memory of Water: Storage of information and spontaneous growth of knowledge, Emilio Del Giudice, Alberto Tedeschi, Vladimir Voeikov 39. The Importance of Memory in Ecology, Sven Erik Jorgensen 40. Soundscapes as Commemoration and Imagination of the Acoustic Past, Jan Marontate

About the Editors

Anna Lisa Tota is Full Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts of the University Rome III in Rome.

Trever Hagen is a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology of the University of Exeter.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General