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Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

Topographies of Memories

A New Poetics of Commemoration

Authors: Bakshi, Anita

  • One of the first books to bring architecture and the study of space to questions of memory, history, heritage, and conflict
  • Describes a visual public history intervention in Nicosia
  • Examines conceptual and philosophical understandings of memory alongside evidence gathered from fieldwork and practical strategies for designers and practitioners
  • Suggests interdisciplinary approaches for creating commemorative sites with shared stakes
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About this book

This book explores new approaches towards developing memorial and heritage sites, moving beyond the critique of existing practices that have been the traditional focus of studies of commemoration. Offering understandings of the effects of conflict on memories of place, as manifested in everyday lives and official histories, it explores the formation of urban identities and constructed images of the city. Topographies of Memories suggests interdisciplinary approaches for creating commemorative sites with shared stakes. The first part of the book focuses on memory dynamics, the second on Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, and the third on physical and material world interventions. Design practices and modes of engagement with places of memory are explored, making connections between theoretical explorations of memory and forgetting and practical strategies for designers and practitioners.

About the authors

Anita Bakshi is Instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, USA. She has studied the relationship between place and memory in divided cities with the Conflict in Cities Research Programme at Cambridge University, UK, and exhibited original maps and drawings documenting her ethnographic research in partnership with the UNDP.

Reviews

“Bakshi’s examination of Nicosia is innovative in its analysis, rich in its use of data and highly important in the conclusions that are drawn. … The wider literature across a range of disciplines has been exhaustively researched by Bakshi, as an approach that encompasses maps, advertisements, interviews, art, architecture and literature has been built. … Bakshi’s assessment of Nicosia represents the potential of discovery and meeting within the winding streets of the ancient city.” (Ross J. Wilson, International Journal of Heritage Studies, February, 2018)
“This will be a tremendous contribution to the field, written from a perspective that moves beyond current ‘heritage practice’ to an approach that gives great depth to the search for more meaningful and imaginative involvement of community in defining heritage history and memory in terms of the present and future.” (Archer St. Clair, Founding Director, Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, Rutgers University, USA)

“Bakshi builds upon her rich research and experience as a facilitator of community commemorations in Nicosia to propose practical ways of healing from personal and political urban trauma….At a moment when global citizenship and mutuality in place is increasingly threatened by nationalist, ethnicist backlashes against immigration and integration, Bakshi’s voice is a uniquely critical as well as hopeful one. I know of no other work that brings such rich scholarly, theoretical, and practitioner expertise to questions of memory and belonging in place.” (Amy Mills, author of Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance and National Identity in Istanbul, 2010)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63462-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63461-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Topographies of Memories
Book Subtitle
A New Poetics of Commemoration
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63462-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63462-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63461-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 340
Number of Illustrations and Tables
55 illustrations in colour
Topics