Places of Traumatic Memory: A Global Context 3030520552, 9783030520557

This volume explores the relationship between place, traumatic memory, and narrative. Drawing on cases from Africa, Asia

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Places of Traumatic Memory: A Global Context
 3030520552, 9783030520557

Table of contents :
Preface
Contents
Notes on Contributors
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Acknowledging Trauma in a Global Context: Narrative, Memory and Place
Trauma, Memorial, Narrative, and Place
Visibility and Acknowledgement, Ruins, and Right to Memory
Volume Overview
Part I: Memorial Spaces
Part II: Sites of Trauma
Part III: Traumatic Representations
References
Part I: Memorial Spaces
Chapter 2: Long Tan, Coral-Balmoral and Binh Ba: Remembered, Unremembered and Disremembered Battlefields from Australia’s Vietnam War
Memorialising Long Tan
Unremembering Coral-Balmoral
Disremembering Binh Ba
Australian State Involvement
Vietnamese State Involvement
Fitting the Battles into Australian and Vietnamese National Narratives
Long Tan
Coral-Balmoral
Binh Ba
Changing Times
Conclusions
Divergence in Remembrance
Battlefield Significance
Commemoration and Memorialisation Processes
The Future?
References
Chapter 3: ‘Difficult Heritage’, Silent Witnesses: Dismembering Traumatic Memories, Narratives and Emotions of Firebombing in Japan
Prelude
Dismembered Bodies: Urban Destruction and Civil Causalities
Consoling Spirits and Commemorating Souls
Collecting, Remembering and Narrating
A ‘Forgotten Holocaust’ or the ‘Good War’?
Personal and Collective Remembering: Recognising Victimhood
Museumising Urbicide: Representing Trauma, Representing Place
Narrating the Trauma of Aerial Firebombing
Reflection
References
Chapter 4: No Place to Remember: Haunting and the Search for Mass Graves in Indonesia
A Cold War Massacre and Indonesia’s Cult of Anti-Communism
Bad Deaths and the Haunting of Mass Graves
Evidence, Truth-Telling, and the Search for Mass Graves
Conclusion: No Place to Remember
References
Chapter 5: The Visitor’s Gaze in the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile
Memory Museums in Latin America and Human Rights Museums
Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Chile
Experiencing the MMDH
Visitor Books in Museums and the Visitor Book at the MMDH
The Addresser in the Visitor Book of the MMDH
Chilean Young People Without Direct Memory of the Period
Victim-Survivors
Foreigners from Latin America and Spain
Foreigners from Other Countries
The Addressee in the Visitor Book
The Entries
Speech Acts: Gratitude
Emotions and Emotional Memory
Transformation and Catharsis
Conclusion: Beyond Memory and Place
References
Part II: Sites of Trauma
Chapter 6: Remembering World War I in Australia: Hyde Park as Site of Memory
The Politics of Commemoration in Australia
Agonistic Memory
Hyde Park as Site of Memory: Commemoration, Leisure, and Protest
The Anzac War Memorial
Unsettling Memory Encounters in Hyde Park
Conclusion
References
Chapter 7: Sites of Memory, Sites of Ruination in Postcolonial France and the Francosphere
The Politics of Colonial Memory
Realms of Memory, Realms of Forgetting
Among the Ruins of Colonial Empire
The Postcolonial Memory-Traces of the French Penal Colony
Conclusion
References
Chapter 8: ‘The Most Intimate Familiarity and the Most Extreme Existential Alienation’: Ilse Aichinger’s Memories of Nazi-Era Vienna
Introduction
Collective and Individual Memory
Vienna and Memory
The Cinema and Memory
Conclusion
References
Chapter 9: Black Skin as Site of Memory: Stories of Trauma from the Black Atlantic
Tituba Questioned
The Place of Slavery
Branding Flesh as Black
Tituba Tried, Tituba Named
The Evils of Race
The Blush of Race
References
Part III: Traumatic Representations
Chapter 10: Humanitarian Journalism and the Representation of Survivors of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Mass Violence
Day-Tripping into Srebrenica’s Painful Past
The Scope of Humanitarian Journalism
Still Not Free: Fikret Alić and the Imprisoning Nature of Journalistic Representation
The Spectacle That Is Fikret Alić
Conclusion: Forgotten Voices in the One Story Narrative
References
Chapter 11: Remembering the 5 July 1962 Massacre in Oran, Algeria
Memory Wars
Oran: Stories that Shouldn’t Be Told
Truth, History, Documentary
Conclusion
References
Chapter 12: Cultural Practices as Sites of Trauma and Empathic Distress in Like Cotton Twines (2016) and Grass between my Lips (2008)
The Context of Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation and Trokosi
The Ethical and Affective Turn in Cinema
FGC and Trokosi as Sites of Trauma, Memory, and Empathic Distress
Positioning Viewers as Witnesses to Trauma through Disquieting Visuals
Conclusion
References
Chapter 13: Screen Memories in True Crime Documentary: Trauma, Bodies, and Places in The Keepers (2017) and Casting JonBenet (2017)
Introduction
Contemporary True Crime Documentary and the Scene of the Crime
The Keepers and Trauma’s Ghostly Materiality
Place, Trauma, and Public Memory in Casting JonBenet
Conclusion
References
Chapter 14: Chile 1988: Trauma and Resistance in Pablo Larraín’s No (2012)
Retemporalising Trauma
No and Happiness
No and the Transformation of the Self
Conclusion
References
Index

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