Culture & History Digital Journal, Vol 3, No 2 (2014)

Violence and the politics of memory in a global context: An overture


https://doi.org/10.3989/chdj.2014.012

Marije Hristova
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Lee Douglas
Department of Anthropology, New York University, United States

Zoé de Kerangat
Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

Francisco Ferrándiz
Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

Abstract


Engaging with a growing body of literature regarding post-violence remembrance, this article considers how distinct disciplines approach the study of contemporary “memory cultures” and addresses the issues that arise when violent pasts are considered in a global, comparative perspective. The paper reflects on theoretical and conceptual debates that have emerged in the permanent seminar, Traces and Faces of Violence, an intellectual ILLACCHS- CSIC-based symposium dedicated to the interdisciplinary, comparative analysis of post-violence memory cultures in different social, political and historical contexts. It identifies two specific arenas of interpretation that have been particularly useful for engaging with global memory studies literature: the historical, judicial, political, social and personal discourses regarding the past and reflections on the relationship between memory and materiality. By “traveling” through a series of case studies and by identifying their points of convergence, as well as their points of tension, this “overture” suggests that we approach the temporal and spatial movement of memory, as well as its immobility, as two ends in the process of remembering. In doing so, the article illustrates how local case studies inform, shape and transform globally circulating discourses and how the emergent transnational repertoire of knowledge regarding violent pasts provides a framework for reacting to a wide variety of local struggles.

Keywords


Memory studies; memory cultures; discourse; materiality; interdisciplinarity; globalization; post-violence remembrance

Full Text:


HTML PDF XML

References


Agamben, Giorgio (2000) Lo que queda de Auschwitz. Translated by A. Gimeno. Pre-Textos, Valencia.

Alexander, Jeffrey C.; Eyerman, Ron; Giesen, Bernhard; Smelser, Neil J. and Sztompka, Piotr (editors) (2004) Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity. University of California Press, Berkeley. http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520235946.001.0001

Antze, Paul and Lambek, Michael (editors) (1996) Tense Past: Cultural Essays in Trauma and Memory. Routledge, London.

Appadurai, Arjun (1990) "Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy". Public Culture 2 (2): 1–24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2-2-1

Assmann, Aleida and Sebastian Conrad (2010) Memory in a Global Age: Discourses, Practices and Trajectories. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230283367

Assmann, Jan (1992) Das Kulturelle Gedächtnis: Schrift, Erinnerung und Politische Identität in fru.hen Hochkulturen. C.H. Beck, Munich.

Baer, Alejandro (2001) "Consuming History and Memory Through Mass Media Products". European Journal of Cultural Studies, 4 (4): 491-501. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/136754940100400401

Beck, Ulrich (1999) What Is Globalization? Polity Press, Cambridge.

Caruth, Cathy (1996) Unclaimed Experience. Trauma, Narrative, and History. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Castells, Manuel (1996) The Rise of the Network Society, The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture, Vol. I. Blackwell, Oxford.

Erll, Astrid and Rigney, Ann (2009) Mediation, remediation and the dynamics of cultural memory. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110217384

Erll, Astrid (2011a). Memory in Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Erll, Astrid (2011b). "Travelling memory". Parallax, 17 (4): 4-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13534645.2011.605570

Featherstone, Mike (1990) Global Culture: Nationalism, Globalization and Modernity. Sage, London. PMCid:PMC1378547

Felman, Shoshana and Laub, Dori (1992) Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis and History. Routledge, London.

Gensburger, Sarah (2008) "Lugares materiales, memoria y espacio social: El recuerdo de los campos anexos de Drancy en París". Anthropos, 218: 21-35.

Gillis, John (1994) Commemorations: The Politics of National Identity. Princeton University Press, Princeton.

Halbwachs, Maurice (2004) Los marcos sociales de la memoria. Anthropos, Barcelona.

Hannerz, Ulf (1996) Transnational Connections: Culture, People, Places. Routledge, London.

Hartman, Geoffrey (1996) The Longest Shadow. In the Aftermath of the Holocaust. Indiana University Press, Bloomington.

Harvey, David (1989) The condition of postmodernity. Cambridge, MA, Blackwell.

Hinton, Alexander (editor) (2011) Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence. Rutgers University Press, North Carolina.

Hoskins, Andrew (2009) "The mediatization of memory". In Digital Memories, edited by Garde-Hansen, Joanne, Hoskins, Andrew and Reading, Anne. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke: 27-43.

Huyssen, Andreas (2002) En busca del futuro perdido: Cultura y memoria en tiempos de globalización. Fondo de Cultura Económica, Buenos Aires.

Jelin, Elizabeth (2001) Los trabajos de la memoria. Siglo XXI, Buenos Aires.

Juliá, Santos (2011) Elogio de Historia en tiempo de Memoria. Marcial Pons, Madrid.

Kaes, Anton (1990) "History and Film: Public Memory in the Age of Electronic Dissemination". History and Memory, 2 (1): 111-129.

LaCapra, Dominick (2001) Writing History, Writing Trauma. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

Linenthal, Edward T. (1995) Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum. Viking Penguin, Nueva York.

Mate, Reyes (1991) La razón de los vencidos. Anthropos, Barcelona. PMCid:PMC1014476

Mate, Reyes (2003) Memoria de Auschwitz: Actualidad moral y política. Editorial Trotta, Madrid.

Nora, Pierre (1989) "Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de memoire". Representations, 26: 7-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/rep.1989.26.1.99p0274v

Radstone, Susannah (2011) "What Place Is This? Transcultural Memory and the Locations of Memory Studies". Parallax, 17 (4): 109-123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13534645.2011.605585

Rothberg, Michael (2009) Multidirectional Memory. Stanford University Press, Stanford.

Silverman, Max (2013) Palimpsestic Memory: The Holocaust and Colonialism in French and Francophone Fiction and Film. Berghahn, Oxford.

Todorov, Tzvetan (2000) Los abusos de la memoria. Paidós, Barcelona.

Winter, Jay (1998) Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: the Great War in European Cultural History. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107050631

Zamora, José Antonio (2004) Theodor W. Adorno: Pensar contra la barbarie. Trotta, Madrid.

Zelizer, Barbie (1998) Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory through the Camera’s Eye. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.




Copyright (c) 2014 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Contact: historia.digital@cchs.csic.es

Technical support: soporte.tecnico.revistas@csic.es