W096
Memory and material culture in post-conflict societies

Convenors:
Ferdinand de Jong (University of East Anglia)
Maruska Svasek (Queen's University Belfast)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
233
Start time:
29 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The panel brings together papers that examine how art and material culture take part in bringing about post-conflict socialities and subjectivities.

Long abstract:

The relationship between memory, materiality and emotions is complex. While some scholars argue that material culture, including works of art, may actively engage people in memory work and give them emotional relief, others on the contrary maintain that material culture, and monuments in particular, objectify memory, allowing only certain interpretations of the past and not others. The dialectics of memory and material culture has been debated in the context of remembrance of the Holocaust. More recently, art historians and anthropologists have examined these issues in the context of post-conflict societies. The panel seeks to bring together papers that examine the making of post-conflict socialities and subjectivities through materiality. We invite papers that address how art and material objects address past suffering, and to what extend they aggravate or alleviate painful memories.