(Re)constructing memory (as violence)

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Recent scholarship in the field of embodied cognitive science have proposed a notion of the “encultured human being” following the conception of cognition as being enacted through (bodily) interactions with material, social, and cultural environments. (Memorial and heritage) architecture exists at this boundary between the cultural/ collective memory and the collective body memory because it has both a supportive and contingent role in memory making. This has been followed by the most recent trends in design of memorial places that notably shift from static, unilateral readings of “future heritage” to more dynamic, affective experience of architecture and creation of memories, which ultimately raises the question of (ever changing) political readings and intentions. In the most extreme cases, the perverse insisting on guilt, victimization and/or ideology in the design of places of memory can be considered as violence in its own right. This is particularly symptomatic for divided, war-torn societies, such are those of former YugSurvivor Cities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventReconstruction as Violence: the Case of Aleppo - Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 10 May 201911 May 2019


ConferenceReconstruction as Violence: the Case of Aleppo
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
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