The Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco

The Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco

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The Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco by Norman Saadi Nikro

This edited volume addresses memory practices among youth, families, cultural workers, activists, and engaged citizens in Lebanon and Morocco. In making a claim for ‘the social life of memory,’ the introduction discusses a particular research field of memory studies, elaborating an approach to memory in terms of social production and engagement. The Arab Spring is evoked to draw attention to new rifts within and between history and remembrance in the regions of North Africa and the Middle East. As authoritarian forms of governance are challenged, official panoramic narratives are confronted with a multiplicity of memories of violent pasts. The eight chapters trace personal and public inventories of violence, trauma, and testimony, addressing memory in cinema, in newspapers and periodicals, as an experience of public environments, through transnational and diasporic mediums, and amongst younger generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319666211
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2017
Series: Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Edition description: 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Norman Saadi Nikro has an Australian-Lebanese background, and holds a PhD (1998) from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Habilitation degree (2013) from the University of Potsdam, Germany. His bookThe Fragmenting Force of Memory: Self, Literary Style, and Civil War in Lebanon came out in 2012.

Sonja Hegasy is the Vice Director of the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin. She studied Arabic and Islamic studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and at Columbia University in New York, USA. In 1996 she received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin, Germany with a thesis on State and Civil Society in Morocco (in German).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Memory between Lieu and Milieu

Chapter 2. A Life of Waiting: Political Violence, Personal Memory, and Enforced Disappearance in Morocco

Chapter 3. The Civil War's Ghosts: Events of Memory Seen through Lebanese Cinema

Chapter 4. Transforming Memories: Media and Historiography in the Aftermath of the Moroccan Equity and Reconciliation Commission

Chapter 5. Testimony and Journalism: Moroccan Prison Narratives

Chapter 6. Sites of Memory in Lebanon: The Hariri Mosque in Martyrs Square

Chapter 7. Ressouvenirs in Dialogue: University Students Tell Their War Stories

Chapter 8. ReMemory in an Intergenerational Register: Social and Ethical Life of Testimony

Chapter 9. Memory as Protest: Mediating Memories of Violence and the Bread Riots in the Rif

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