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	Space and the Memories of Violence

Space and the Memories of Violence

Landscapes of Erasure, Disappearance and Exception

Estela Schindel, Pamela Colombo [dir.]
Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies ,   [2014],  288 p.
Prix : £60

This volume offers a variety of perspectives on the relation between violence, memory and space. Focusing on enforced disappearances and genocide as violent practices aimed at destroying and erasing the traces of the 'enemy', the contributions gathered inquire about the manifold spatial strategies of domination and violence, but also about the powers of memory, resistance and transformation. The originality and core contribution of this book lies in the dialogue it establishes between memory studies, on the one hand, and critical studies of space on the other. The bridging of these academic fields opens up a fertile and, to a large extent, unexplored research area. The volume brings together young academics and prominent international scholars from a variety of disciplinary fields, including Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, Literature, Cultural Studies, Architecture and Theatre Studies. The authors engage with the spatial deployment of past and present violence in Argentina, Cambodia, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United States. The chapters include original contributions by renowned authors Aleida Assmann and Jay Winter, transcripts of an interview with the eminent geographer David Harvey and fragments of the play The Cartographer. Warsaw, 1:400,000, by the acclaimed Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga, in its first English translation.

About the authors

Estela Schindel has a PhD in Sociology from the Free University Berlin, Germany. She has taught graduate courses at German and Argentinean universities and published on the figure of Argentina's disappeared as well as on the relation between art, memory and the urban space. She is currently a researcher at the Center of Excellence Cultural Foundations of Social Integration of the University of Konstanz, Germany, with a project about the entanglements of violence, nature and technology in the EU border regime.

 Pamela Colombo has a PhD in Sociology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV), Spain. Her research focuses on the social production of space, and particularly on the constitution of imaginary geographies in contexts of political violence. She is currently a Fyssen Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France, and a researcher at the ERC programme 'Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide' with a project about geographies of death and politics of counterinsurgency.


Meltem Ahıska, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz, Germany

Pilar Calveiro Garrido, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

Pamela Colombo, EHESS-IRIS, France

Zuzanna Dziuban University of Konstanz, Germany

Francisco Ferrándiz, Instituto de Lengua, Literatura y Antropología, Spain

Gabriel Gatti, University of the Basque Country, Spain

David Harvey, City University of New York (CUNY), USA

Kirsten Mahlke, University of Konstanz, Germany

Silvana Mandolessi, University of Konstanz, Germany

Juan Mayorga, Playwright and Philosopher, Spain

Mariana Eva Perez, University of Konstanz, Germany

Gudrun Rath, University of Konstanz, Germany

Estela Schindel, University of Konstanz, Germany

Stavros Stavrides, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

James Tyner, Kent University, USA

Jay M. Winter, Yale University, USA


  • Palgrave Macmillan, series Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies, November 2014, 288 pages. ISBN : 9781137380906 (hardcover). £60.00


ISBN : 9781137380906
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Space and the Memories of Violence

Landscapes of Erasure, Disappearance and Exception

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