Memory Before Violence

TraCe organizes Panel at Memory Studies Association (MSA) Conference Newcastle 2023

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The paradigm of memory studies approaches to violence is to study what happens after the fact: ‘truth’, ‘reconciliation’, ‘justice’ and ‘commemorative culture’ have proven fruitful concepts when addressing the nexus between violence and memory.

The panel "Memory before Violence" suggests to turn around the temporal perspective and asks how collective memory unfolds its agency not AFTER, but BEFORE acts of political violence. What national narratives, repeated news framings, colonial myths, transgenerational stories, school curricula and textbooks, archives and repertoires of violent action, inherited emotional regimes etc. are at play when it comes to producing violence in the future – or to make future violence more likely to occur?

It is organized by the research centre “Transformations of Political Violence”, re­search area Interpretations.

Chairs: Susanne Buckley-Zistel & Astrid Erll.

Discussant: Sybille Frank


The panel takes place at the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Memory Studies Association (MSA) under the title "Communities and Change" in Newscastle, United Kingdom, 3 to 7 July 2023. More information can be found on the conference webpage.