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1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Memory Studies

ISBN 9780367868451
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
568 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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-

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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.


"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