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Remembering experience: Public memorials are not just about the dead anymore

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alison Atkinson-PhillipsORCiD


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This article considers a shift in public memorialization towards the remembrance of experience, rather than death. Drawing on research into Australian public memorials to lived experiences of loss and trauma from 1985 to 2015, I compare the trends identified in that research with similar memorial projects internationally. I have found that the emergence of memorials to lived experience is an expression, and an expansion, of the kinds of knowledge that can be remembered publicly, and is influenced by discourses of trauma, human rights and transitional justice.

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Author(s): Atkinson-Phillips A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Memory Studies

Year: 2022

Volume: 15

Issue: 5

Pages: 947-962

Print publication date: 01/10/2022

Online publication date: 27/05/2020

Acceptance date: 30/11/2019

ISSN (print): 1750-6980

ISSN (electronic): 1750-6999

Publisher: Sage


DOI: 10.1177/1750698020921452


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