Handbook on the Politics of Memory

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Handbook on the Politics of Memory

9781800372528 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Maria Mälksoo, Associate Professor, Centre for Military Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Publication Date: April 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80037 252 8 Extent: c 416 pp
Providing a novel multi-disciplinary theorization of memory politics, this insightful Handbook brings varied literatures into a focused dialogue on the ways in which the past is remembered and how these influence transnational, interstate, and global politics in the present.

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Providing a novel multi-disciplinary theorization of memory politics, this insightful Handbook brings varied literatures into a focused dialogue on the ways in which the past is remembered and how these influence transnational, interstate, and global politics in the present.

With case studies from Africa, East and Southeast Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States, the Handbook focuses on the political features of historical memory in international relations. Chapters examine key concepts of memory politics, including accountability, commemoration and memorialization, the Europeanization of memory, and the politics of trauma and victimhood, as well as analyzing different sites of memory, from the human body and memorial sites to media, film, and television. It also answers essential questions such as who and what determines the relevance of the past in the present; how does memory become a political question; and what are the political effects and ethical implications of its mobilization?

Exploring the links between the politics of memory, international ethics, law, and diplomacy, this stimulating Handbook will be essential reading for students and scholars of politics and international relations, cultural studies, history, and transitional justice. Its discussion of notable agents and practices of memory politics will also be beneficial for practitioners working in human rights, politics, and public policy.
Critical Acclaim
‘Whether in the Russian invasion of Ukraine or in endless conflicts about monuments and school curricula, never before have the politics of memory so dramatically shaped international and domestic politics. This landmark collection of multidisciplinary essays represents the cutting edge of memory studies for scholars and practitioners.’
– A. Dirk Moses, The City College of New York, US

‘The Handbook is a long-awaited, excellent collective discussion on the critical question of memory politics, bringing many different disciplinary perspectives and regional focuses into dialogue. A must-read for all interested in how histories are reinterpreted in light of our present world.’
– Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University, US

‘This is a superb survey of the politics of memory. Thematically wide-ranging and theoretically sophisticated, it will be of great value to both students and established scholars looking to explore the complex and endlessly contested relationship between past and present.’
– Duncan Bell, University of Cambridge, UK
Contributors
Contributors include: Jessica Auchter, Kathrin Bachleitner, Uladzislau Belavusau, Tom Bentley, Felix Berenskötter, Luke B. Campbell, Filip Ejdus, Patrick Finney, Kazuya Fukuoka, Karl Gustafsson, Ekaterina Haskins, Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Victor Igreja, Alison Landsberg, Adam B. Lerner, Maria Mälksoo, Johanna Mannergren Selimovic, Nicole Maurantonio, Ana Milošević, Laure Neumayer, John Njenga Karugia, Ljiljana Radonić, Aline Sierp, Brent J. Steele, Jelena Subotić, Henrique Tavares Furtado, Mano Toth
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