Based on case studies spanning time and geography from the Spanish to the Nigerian civil wars, to government repression in Argentina, genocidal policies in Guatemala and Rwanda and on to forced population removal in Australia and Israel, this collection represents a focused attempt to come to grips with some of the strategies used to express traumatic memory work. Together, the essays constitute a kaleidoscope of new approaches to show how such performances of memory contribute to transitional justice efforts, demonstrating the complexities of striving for justice and reconciliation through the public expression of shared memories of violence.
About the editors
S. Elizabeth Bird is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of South Florida. Her research has focused on media studies, and she has published four books and over 70 articles in that area. Her current work focuses on issues of collective memory and heritage in the US and Nigeria.
Fraser M. Ottanelli is Professor of History at the University of South Florida. His areas of specialisation are ethnic, radical and labour history and comparative migration. He has authored and co-authored three books along with numerous articles and essays. He is currently completing a book entitled Migration and the Shaping of Ethnic Identity.
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