[INCORE Information] Invitation to INCORE Public Lecture

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Wed Mar 2 14:31:09 GMT 2011

Professor Brandon Hamber
Director of INCORE
invites you to an 
Professor Sabine Marschall
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
³Commemoration and Conflict: Exploring Collective Memory in Transitional
On Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 6.00 p.m.
In the Great Hall, Magee campus
Followed by refreshments
RSVP (acceptance only) to je.farren at ulster.ac.uk; tel. 028 71675575
By 11 March 2011

³Commemoration and Conflict: Exploring Collective Memory in Transitional
Memory and commemoration are integral components of conflict and it is
widely believed that processes of memorialisation can make important
contributions towards healing, reconciliation, peace and unity in
post-conflict societies. Not only has little research been conducted on how
individuals interpret memory sites and commemorative practices and what
impact they have in transitional societies, but prevailing discourses on
commemoration are often based on the assumption that commemoration always
involves deliberate and intentional actions. Based on Kansteiner¹s (2002)
contention that collective memory is the result of the interaction between
three overlapping elements, namely the media of memory, the makers and the
users of memory, this paper presents commemoration as a complex,
multifaceted, and fluid phenomenon, which includes informal, unpredictable
and unintended dimensions. Referencing examples from South Africa and a
number of international case studies, four categories of collective
remembrance are distinguished, namely officially sanctioned commemoration;
unofficial or vernacular commemoration; unintended or silent commemoration;
and lastly, commemoration through absence. It is argued that commemoration,
like memory itself, cannot always be controlled, hence limiting the scope of
action for those who want to encourage or discourage commemoration for the
sake of peace and reconciliation. However, important lessons may be learnt
from reflecting on the complexity and comprehensiveness of the commemorative
phenomenon and the often overlapping groups of users and makers of
collective memory in a context of globalization.

This lecture is part of a series of INCORE events being organised by Dr Sara
McDowell and Professor Brian Graham as part of their ESRC funded project
which explores the relationship between memory and peace processes.
Janet Farren
University of Ulster
Tel. 028-71675575
Fax. 028-71675510
Email. je.farren at ulster.ac.uk

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