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[ecrea] new book: Hansen, Hemer and Tufte (eds) Memory on Trial. Media, Citizenship and Social Justice.

Sat Jun 06 15:31:01 GMT 2015

NEW BOOK: Anders Høg Hansen, Oscar Hemer and Thomas Tufte (eds). Memory
on Trial. Media, Citizenship and Social Justice. Berlin: LIT Verlag.

CONTRIBUTORS: Kendall Phillips, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Jo Tacchi,
Thomas Olesen, Thomas Tufte, Tamar Katriel, Elizabeth Bird, Alfonso
Gumucio Dagron, Toby Butler, Oscar Hemer, Ayisha Abraham, Sarah Nuttall, Anders Høg Hansen and Erling Björgvinson.



DESCRIPTION: This book approaches the memory sharing of groups,
communities and societies as inevitable struggles over the
interpretation of, and authority over, particular stories. Coming to
terms with the past in memory work, alone or with others, is always
unsteady ground and the activation of memory will always relay
imaginations of futures we want to shape and inhabit. The contributors
all explore in different ways how citizens can actualize a public and
how citizens and groups struggle with their pasts and presents - and
other group's understandings - in their work for futures they dream of,
or envision. This implies an engagement with the notion of social
justice, which in turn entails trial and revision of ideas and
procedures of how to share the world. But to share also requires some
kind of common ground and distributed power. The anthology thus engages
with a range of cases that bring views and voices back in public,
demanding justice, recognition, sometimes literally triggering new
trials. Some of the memory work is done strategically, in the context of
communication for development and social change interventions where
NGOs, community-based organizations, governments or UN agencies pursue
not just voice and views, but also very material demands for social
justice and social change.


Thomas Tufte, Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark

Email: (ttufte /at/ <mailto:(ttufte /at/>

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