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Contested Spaces
Sites, Representations and Histories of Conflict
 
 
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15 Jun 2007
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War creates brutal landscapes of control and domination that embed historical differences, creating physical legacies of inequality and denial. Contested Spaces is a global study of sites of conflict, places of loss, fear, resistance and pilgrimage where the materiality of violence forcibly brings the past into the present. The collection draws together scholars from cultural history, cultural geography, art history, architecture, archaeology, media studies, international relations and American studies to examine a series of internationally significant sites and how they are inhabited, represented, witnessed and visited.


Description

War creates brutal landscapes of control and domination that embed historical differences, creating physical legacies of inequality and denial. Contested Spaces is a global study of sites of conflict, places of loss, fear, resistance and pilgrimage where the materiality of violence forcibly brings the past into the present. The collection draws together scholars from cultural history, cultural geography, art history, architecture, archaeology, media studies, international relations and American studies to examine a series of internationally significant sites and how they are inhabited, represented, witnessed and visited.


Reviews

'Raises important questions about the materiality of place as expressed through memory, interpretation, representation, narrative and preservation. In looking at physical and psychological landscapes shaped by violence, this book is never glib: contradictions are intelligently drawn out and sensitively discussed.' - Museums Journal


Contents

Foreword; H.Zangana
Abu Ghraib and the state of America: defining images; P.Hagopian
Contested Mobilities and the Spatial Topography of Jerusalem; W.Pullan
Altered States: The US-Mexico Borderlands as 'Third Nation'; M.Dear & J.Holzer
Encounters with Partition: Tourism and Reconcilation; D.Lisle
Burying the Hatchet? The Post-Combat Appropriation of Battlefield Spaces; T.Pollard
'The Truth that Will Set Us All Free': An Uncertain History of Memorials to Indigenous Australians; P.Read
Competing Pasts: A Comparison of National Socialist and German Democratic Republic Remembrance in two Berlin Memorial Sites; G.Knischewski & U.Spittler
Memory, What's it Good For? Forced Labour, Blockhouses and Museums in Pas de Calais, Northern France; J.Aulich
'No-one Has Allowed Me to Cry': Trauma, Memorialization and Children in Post-Genocide Rwanda; S.Field
'Under the Same Roof': Separate Stories of Long Kesh Maze; C.McLaughlin


Authors

LOUISE PURBRICK is Senior Lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the University of Brighton, UK. She is author of The Architecture of Containment in D. Wylie, The Maze (Granta, 2004) and, with John Schofield and Axel Klausmeier, editor of Re-Mapping the Field: New Approaches to Conflict Archaeology (Westkreuz-Verlag, 2006). She also works on the material culture of everyday life and has written The Wedding Present: Domestic Life beyond Consumption (Ashgate, 2007)

JIM AULICH is Reader in Visual Culture and is based in Manchester Institute of Research in Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His forthcoming publications include Seduction or Instruction: First World War Posters in Britain and Europe (Manchester University Press) and he is currently curating a major exhibition of Twentieth century war posters from the collection of the Imperial War Museum to be held in 2007

GRAHAM DAWSON is a cultural historian at the University of Brighton, UK, whose research has focused on the inter-relation of cultural memory, narrative and identity, and the memory of war in modernity. He is author of Soldier Heroes: British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinities (London and New York, 1994), and a co-editor and contributor to Trauma: Life Stories of Survivors, and Commemorating War: The Politics of Memory (both Piscataway, New Jersey, 2004). He is currently completing a book on cultural memory, the Irish Troubles and the peace process for Manchester University Press.