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Visualising Place, Memory and the Imagined

1st Edition

By Sarah De Nardi


208 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138052277
pub: 2019-11-12
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Communities and social groups experience place through real and imagined facets, to make sense of the world and the stories told therein. This book engages with and expands on crucial issues of representation, storytelling, tangible material cultures and memories.

The visualisation methodology illustrated in this book will be useful for undertaking and publishing participatory fieldwork. This book seeks to join up the dots of the factual and imaginary that form affective networks of identities, which in turn shape local memory, sense of self, community and sense of the past. Make-believe spaces – in the environment, storytelling, and mnemonic narratives – as a social framework that aligns and informs the everyday memory worlds of communities. Heritage specialists, ethnographers, cultural geographers and oral history practitioners will find the methodology affordable, easy to replicate and valuable for community-based projects.

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1. A glossary of terms, 2. Deep mapping as memory-work: theoretical and methodological implications of heritage mapping, 3. 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. Introducing Beamish Museum and the 1950s Town 7. Sarah’s experience, 8. The case studies, Appendix

About the Author

Sarah De Nardi lectures in Heritage and Tourism at Western Sydney University, Australia and is Assistant Editor of Journal of Community Archaeological and Heritage (Taylor & Francis). Italian-born cultural geographer and landscape archaeologist, Sarah is interested in the spatial dynamics and everyday ethnographies of modern conflict. She has developed a successful mode of community mapping as a means of exploring the embodied and private/public intersections of memory feeding into cultural heritage representation. Her first monograph entitled The Poetics of Conflict Experience: Materiality and Embodiment in Second World War Italy (Routledge, 2016) revived the perception of Second World War Italy through the prism of materiality, identity and embodiment.

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
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography