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Making Sense of History
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Corporeality, Visuality, and Mobility after 1968
Edited by Luisa Passerini and Dieter Reinisch
Afterword by Alexander Etkind
206 pages, 14 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-996-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (June 2023)
eISBN 978-1-80073-997-0 eBook
““This is an excellent collection of writings on the performance of cultural memory since 1968, in varied European and North Atlantic contexts…Based on Passerini’s extensive work on cultural memory, subjectivity and visuality, this volume extends the frame of cultural work into historical conflicts, erasures and negative constraints against performativity when bodies are trapped in conflicts, in prisons, and corporeality prevents the full expression of memory (Reinisch).” • Mary Marshall Clark, Columbia University
Through a post-1968 perspective on the past 50 years, Performing Memory brings together case studies on new developments in the relationship between politics and visual representation—including the histories of dance, theatre, political performance and cinema—and investigates how they relate to the interlinked concepts of visuality, corporeality and mobility. Using a collective transdisciplinary attitude from within historical disciplines, and looking across to artistic fields, this volume demonstrates that memory is not merely a recollection of experience but an interactive process, in which the body, mobile and constrained, is both a point of departure and reference.
Luisa Passerini is Professor Emerita at the European University Institute, Florence, and was Principal Investigator of the European Research Council Project ‘Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond’ 2013-2018. She received the first All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values in 2014 and she is a member of the Scientific Committee of the House of European History, Brussels.
Dieter Reinisch is a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Researcher at the Moore Institute and the School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway, and an Adjunct Professor in International Relations, Webster Vienna Private University. He holds a PhD in History from the European University Institute in Florence. He is the author of Learning behind bars: How IRA prisoners shaped the peace process in Ireland (2022 University of Toronto Press).
Subject: Performance StudiesMobility Studies
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