The Journal of Cultural Anthropology has been an important voice in this debate, publishing (at last count) 30 articles directly addressing the emergence of memory since 1989.
This month, SCA’s Field Notes series invites four scholars to reflect on this memory boom. Why has the language of memory become such a prominent feature of political discourse recent decades? What kinds of horizons of expectations do appeals to memory entail? How do the claims made in the name of memory enable and constrain the emergence of new kinds of politics, publics, and feelings of national belonging? And, while we are at it, just what do we mean when we talk about a politics of memory in the first place?
To begin grappling with these questions, we call upon:
Provocation: Prof. Rosalind Shaw, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University.
Translation: Dr. Noa Vaisman, Durham International Junior Research Fellow and Marie Curie Fellow, Durham University.
Deviation: Sultan Doughan, Doctoral Student, University of California – Berkeley.
Integration: David Berliner, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, Université Libre de Bruxelles.