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Palimpsestic Memory: Space and Authenticity

Max Silverman

Following Freud’s use of the children’s ‘magic writing pad’ (‘Wunderblock’) to describe the work of memory, and Derrida’s reinterpretation of Freud’s model in his essay ‘Freud and the scene of writing’, I will first outline how memory as a palimpsest of superimposed traces is a spatial metaphor for memory.

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The Imagined After: Relocating Collective Memory and Space in the Post-Apocalypse Novel

Amanda Wicks

Over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the growth of external memory, i.e. locations and objects that situate and store memory, has altered the very nature of collective memory by replacing the social frameworks that structure and transmit the past.

Mon, 10 Feb 14 0

The Politics of the Dead and the Power of Uncertainty: Materiality, Rumours and Human Remains in Post-2000 Zimbabwe

Joost Fontein

In 1898, just before she was hanged for rebelling against colonial rule, Charwe Nyakasikana, spirit medium of the legendary ancestor Ambuya Nehanda, famously prophesised that ‘my bones will rise again’. A century later bones, bodies and human remains have come to occupy an increasingly complex place in Zimbabwe’s postcolonial milieu.

Mon, 10 Feb 14 0

The Body as a Space for Transnational Memory

Marije Hristova

Since the turn of the twentieth century, Spain is going through a revival of the memories of the Spanish civil war (1936-1939). After twenty-five years of relative silence, in 2000 the excavation of the anonymous grave of thirteen civilians killed in Priaranza del Bierzo in 1936, the first in what was going to be a whole cycle of exhumations, brought about an expansive interest in rewriting the history of the civil war from the victims’ perspective.

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The (un)Lovely Bones: exhuming and reburying human remains in Rwanda

Laura Major

In Rwanda, mass graves deriving from conflict and war and the bodies held within those graves hold great significance, both for the state in their management of formal genocide memorialization programs, and for individuals bereaved and entangled in the violence themselves. The ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front has recently initiated a national exhumation program; an unearthing of thousands of victims of genocide that lie buried within hastily prepared mass graves.

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