Remembering and Memorializing Violence: Transnational Feminist Dialogues
Edited by Alison Crosby, Malathi de Alwis, Heather Evans
How colonial, imperial, militarized and state violence are remembered and memorialized—through, for example, memorials, museums, archives, demonstration marches, performances, and art installations—is a source of constant contestation and anxiety. Questions of who and what gets remembered or forgotten, whose loss mourned and grieved, and how and what kinds of memorialization processes are assigned cultural value and others made absent, are shaped by racially gendered histories, ideologies, subjectivities and imaginaries. As such, memorialization is a site of intense interest to those working to resist and/or refuse the white heteropatriarchal, colonial status quo and to remember, imagine and co-create alternative existences. This edited volume will investigate these tensions by exploring our feminist investments in the memorialization of political violence, seeking to better understand how remembrance practices formulate and travel in today’s complex globalized realities. It will engage a transnational feminist lens in the study of collective remembrance and memorialization, invoking a broad, critical and intersectional understanding of the transnational that attends to the particularities and specificities of place-based struggles and different experiences as the grounds from which to explore connections, similarities and coalitional possibilities within, across and through borders and contexts (Alexander 2005; Alexander & Mohanty 2010; Grewal & Kaplan 2000; Trotz 2006). Given a surprising paucity of transnational feminist theorizations of memorialization practices, our goal is to bring into conversation leading and emerging scholars, artists and curators from diverse disciplines and theoretical and methodological perspectives to engage specific memorialization practices and to collectively build an explicitly transnational feminist framework and approach. The volume asks what thinking through the transnational might reveal about the contested space of remembrance and memorialization and its dynamic role in shaping our social and political realities. It also asks what the lens of remembrance and memorialization may conversely illuminate about our transnational feminist engagements, scholarly, artistic, activist and otherwise.
The 20 confirmed contributions are addressing the transnational dimensions of memorialization practices that are situated in or travel through Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Oman, Turkey, Palestine, Lebanon, the U.K., Jamaica, Guyana, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, the U.S., and Canada.
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