Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies


Emerging Memory Photographs of Colonial Atrocity in Dutch Cultural Remembrance

Paul Bijl This incisive volume brings together postcolonial studies, visual culture and cultural memorystudies to explain how the Netherlands continues to rediscover its history of violence in colonial Indonesia. Dutch commentators have frequently claimed that the colonial past and especially the violence associated with it has been “forgotten” in the Netherlands. Uncovering “lost” photographs and…

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Postcolonial Germany Memories of Empire in a Decolonized Nation

Britta Schilling At the end of the First World War, Germany appeared to have lost everything: the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians, control over borderland territories, and, above all, a sense of national self-worth in the international political arena. But it also lost almost three  million square kilometres of land overseas in the…

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Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory

Edited by Astrid Erll and Ann Rigney, in collaboration with Laura Basu and Paul Bijl This collection links the use of media to the larger socio-cultural processes involved in collective memory-making. The focus in particular is on ‘mediation’ and ‘remediation’ as two fundamental aspects of media use, and on the dynamics between them.  Key questions are: What…

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The Afterlives of Walter Scott. Memory on the Move

Ann Rigney Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was once a household name, but is now largely forgotten. This book explores how Scott’s work became an all-pervasive point of reference for cultural memory and collective identity in the nineteenth century, and why it no longer has this role. Ann Rigney breaks new ground in memory studies and the…

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