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Visualising Place, Memory and the Imagined

1st Edition

By Sarah De Nardi


210 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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This book probes into how communities and social groups construct their understanding of the world through real and imagined experiences of place. The book seeks to connect the dots of the factual and the imaginary that form

affective networks of identities, which help shape local memory and sense of self and community, as well as a sense of the past. It exploits the concept of make-believe spaces – in the environment, storytelling and mnemonic narratives – as a social framework that aligns and informs the everyday memory worlds of communities. Drawing upon fieldwork in cultural heritage, community archaeology, social history and conflict history and anthropology, this text offers a methodological framework within which social groups may position and enact the multiple senses of place and senses of the past inhabited and performed in different cultural contexts.

This book serves to illustrate a useful visualisation methodology which can be used in participatory fieldwork and thus will be of interest to heritage specialists, ethnographers and cultural geographers and oral history practitioners who will particularly find the methodology cheap, easy to replicate and enjoyable for community-based projects.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Defining terms; 2. Deep mapping as memory work: theoretical and methodological implications of heritage mapping; 3. Imaginative engagement: the sleeping giant and the cursed hill; 4. A town, divided: mapping the tense imaginaries of the 1943–1945 Italian civil war; 5. Unlearning the body: liminal spaces, abject corpses and the historical imagination; 6. Stories from Beamish Museum’s ‘1950s Town’; 7. Experiencing the mapping method in the field: a dialogic interlude; 8. Moving forward: not a conclusion chapter; List of Figures; References; Appendix; Index

About the Author

Sarah De Nardi is a lecturer in heritage and tourism at Western Sydney University and the co-editor of the Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. Her first monograph, The Poetics of Conflict Experience: Materiality and Embodiment in Second World War Italy (2016), revived landscape perception in Second World War Italy through hands-on oral histories with veterans.

About the Series

Critical Studies in Heritage, Emotion and Affect

Critical Studies in Heritage, Emotion and Affect

In Memory of Professor Steve Watson (1958-2016)

This book series, edited by Divya P. Tolia-Kelly and Emma Waterton, is dedicated to Professor Steve Watson. Steve was a pioneer in heritage studies and was inspirational in both our personal academic trajectories. We, as three editors of the series, started this journey together, but alas we lost his magnificent scholarship and valued counsel too soon.

The series brings together a variety of new approaches to heritage as a significant affective cultural experience. Collectively, the volumes in the series provide orientation and a voice for scholars who are making distinctive progress in a field that draws from a range of disciplines, including geography, history, cultural studies, archaeology, heritage studies, public history, tourism studies, sociology and anthropology – as evidenced in the disciplinary origins of contributors to current heritage debates. The series publishes a mix of speculative and research-informed monographs and edited collections that will shape the agenda for heritage research and debate. The series engages with the concept and practice of Heritage as co-constituted through emotion and affect. The series privileges the cultural politics of emotion and affect as key categories of heritage experience. These are the registers through which the authors in the series engage with theory, methods and innovations in scholarship in the sphere of heritage studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography