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The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place

ISBN 9780815386308
Published September 9, 2019 by Routledge
440 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This Handbook explores the latest cross-disciplinary research on the inter-relationship between memory studies, place, and identity.

In the works of dynamic memory, there is room for multiple stories, versions of the past and place understandings, and often resistance to mainstream narratives. Places may live on long after their physical destruction. This collection provides insights into the significant and diverse role memory plays in our understanding of the world around us, in a variety of spaces and temporalities, and through a variety of disciplinary and professional lenses. Many of the chapters in this Handbook explore place-making, its significance in everyday lives, and its loss. Processes of displacement, where people’s place attachments are violently torn asunder, are also considered. Ranging from oral history to forensic anthropology, from folklore studies to cultural geographies and beyond, the chapters in this Handbook reveal multiple and often unexpected facets of the fascinating relationship between place and memory, from the individual to the collective.

This is a multi- and intra-disciplinary collection of the latest, most influential approaches to the interwoven and dynamic issues of place and memory. It will be of great use to researchers and academics working across Geography, Tourism, Heritage, Anthropology, Memory Studies, and Archaeology.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations. About the editors. List of contributors. Acknowledgements.
Introduction. Sarah De Nardi, Hilary Orange, Steven High, and Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto

Part I: Mobility
Introduction. Sarah De Nardi 1. The restorative museum: understanding the work of memory at the Museum of Refugee Memory in Skala Loutron, Lesvos, Greece. Andrea Witcomb and Alexandra Bounia 2. Urban heritage between silenced memories and ‘rootless’ inhabitants: the case of the Adriatic coast in Slovenia. Katja Hrobat Virloget 3. Uncanny District Six: removals, remains, and deferred regeneration. Sean Field 4. Colonial Complexity in the British Landscape: an African-centric autoethnography. Shawn Sobers 5. Mapping memories of exile. Sébastien Caquard, Emory Shaw, José Alavez, and Stefanie Dimitrovas

Part II: Difficult memories
Introduction. Sarah De Nardi and Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto 6. Memory and space: (Re)reading Halbwachs. Sarah Gensburger 7. Remembering Belene Island: commemorating a site of violence. Lilia Topouzova 8. The landscapes of death among the Selk’nams: place, mobility, memory, and forgetting. Melisa A. Salerno 9. Forensic archaeology and the production of memorial sites: situating the mass grave in a wider memory landscape. Layla Renshaw 10. Urban bombsites. Gabriel Moshenska

Part III: Memoryscapes
Introduction. Sarah De Nardi and Steven High 11. When memoryscapes move: ‘Comfort Women’ memorials as transnational. Jihwan Yoon and Derek H. Alderman 12. The spatiality of memoryscapes, public memory, and commemoration. Anett Árvay and Kenneth Foote 13. Stó:lō memoryscapes as Indigenous ways of knowing: Stó:lō history from stone and fire. Keith Thor Carlson with Naxaxalhts’i (Albert ‘Sonny’ McHalsie) 14. Pots, tunnels, and mountains: myth, memory, and landscape at Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. Ashton Sinamai 15. Learning by doing: memoryscape as an educational tool. Toby Butler

Part IV: Industry
Introduction. Steven High and Hilary Orange 16. Post-industrial memoryscapes: combatting working-class erasure in North America and Europe. Lachlan MacKinnon 17. Remembering spaces of work. Emma Pleasant and Tim Strangleman 18. Memory and post-industrial landscapes in Govan (Scotland). Martin Conlon 19. ‘Hidden in plain sight’: uncovering the gendered heritage of an industrial landscape. Lucy Taksa 20. Remembered into place. Jeff Benjamin 21. Thinking volumetrically about urban memory: the buried memories and networked remembrances of underground railways. Samuel Merrill

Part V: The body
Introduction. Sarah De Nardi and Hilary Orange 22. Memorialising war: rethinking heritage and affect in the context of Pearl Harbor. Emma Waterton 23. Lieux de mémoire through the senses: memory, state-sponsored history, and sensory experience. Shanti Sumartojo 24. Memory and the photological landscape. Dan Hicks 25. Walking, writing, reading place and memory. Ceri Morgan 26. Mnemonic mapping practices. Patrick Laviolette, Anu Printsmann, and Hannes Palang 27. Facilitating voicing and listening in the context of post-conflict performances of memory. The Colombian scenario. Luis C. Sotelo

Part VI: Shared traditions
Introduction. Sarah De Nardi and Hilary Orange 28. Folklore, politics, and place-making in Northern Ireland. Ray Cashman 29. Rewilding as heritage-making: new natural heritage and renewed memories in Portugal. Nadia Bartolini and Caitlin DeSilvey 30. Taste and memory in action: translating academic knowledge to public knowledge. C. Nadia Seremetakis 31. Foodshed as memoryscape: legacies of innovation and ambivalence in New England’s agricultural economy. Cathy Stanton 32. Historicising historical re-enactment and urban heritagescapes: engaging with past and place through historical pageantry, c. 1900–1950s. Tanja Vahtikari

Part VII: Ritual
Introduction. Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto 33. ‘My death waits there among the flowers’: popular music shrines in London as memory and remembrance. Hilary Orange and Paul Graves-Brown 34. An ethnography of memory in the secret valleys of the Himalayas: sacred topographies of mind in two Beyul pilgrimages. Hayley Saul 35. Cremation and contemporary churchyards. Howard Williams and Elizabeth Williams 36. Ritual, place, and memory in ancient Rome. Ana Mayorgas 37. Ritually recycling the landscape. Ceri Houlbrook 38. Contested memory in the holy springs of Western Siberia. Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby


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Sarah De Nardi is a Lecturer in Heritage and Tourism at Western Sydney University, Australia.

Hilary Orange is an Honorary Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, specialising in the contemporary past, particularly on deindustrialisation and industrial heritage.

Steven High is Professor of History at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, Canada.

Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto is an ethnologist and Emil Aaltonen research fellow at the Department of History and Ethnology, the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.


"This Handbook is an absolute must for anyone interested in the complex relationship between memory, place and identity. The editors, coming from archaeology, ethnology, history and tourism studies, have assembled an impressive line-up of extremely competent authors who explore this relationship in multi-faceted and multi- as well as inter-disciplinary ways. Relating spatial and temporal identities to questions of memory proves to be extremely fruitful in understanding how people have attempted to make sense of the world around them in its historical evolution. It also underlines in intriguing ways that these processes of sense production were always contested and the subject of intense political conflicts. Thus the Handbook makes a valuable contribution to the re-politicisation of memory discourses in scholarship and in the wider public sphere." Stefan Berger, Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany

"This is an innovative, exciting and timely collection which offers a compelling set of approaches, narratives and settings exploring the all-important matter of memory in relation to a range of places across the world. In an era of unprecedented eco-social turbulence/crisis, entangled with conflict, mobility and displacement, digital connectivity, transforming senses of individual and collective identities, and nostalgia based politics, this collection brings approaches across the social sciences and humanities into very telling conversations about the matter of emplaced memories, and key themes such as post-colonialism, embodiment, ritual and identity." Owain Jones, Professor of Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University Environmental Humanities Research Centre, UK