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Communicating Memory & History

Edited By Nicole Maurantonio and David W. Park

Communicating Memory & History takes as its mission the job of giving communication history its full due in the study of memory. Taking three keywords—communication, history, and memory—representing related, albeit at times hostile, fields of inquiry as its point of departure, this book asks how the interdisciplinary field of memory studies can be productively expanded through the work of communication historians. Across the chapters of this book, contributors employ methods ranging from textual analysis to reception studies to prompt larger questions about how the past can be alternately understood, contested, and circulated.

Communicating Memory & History is ideal for teaching, including case studies that elaborate different ways to approach issues in memory studies. While some foundational knowledge would be useful, it is possible to use the text without extensive knowledge of the literature. This book is of particular interest to professors, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students of communication and media studies, as well as scholars and students in cultural studies, history, and sociology—disciplines where one finds steady consideration of issues related to communication, communication history, and memory.

List of Figures – Acknowledgments – Nicole Maurantonio/David W. Park: Introduction: Remembering Communication History – Section I: Communicating Space & Time – Emily Keightley/Michael Pickering/Pawas Bisht: Interscalarity and the Memory Spectrum – Piotr M. Szpunar: Archiving ISIS: Metastasized Archives, Lieux de Futur, and Endless War – Section II: Narrative – Deborah Lubken: Remarkable Coincidence: A True Story of the Liberty Bell’s Myth – Michael Meyen: Mass Media as Memory Agents: A Theoretical and Empirical Contribution to Collective Memory Research – Oren Meyers: Mnemonic Newswork: Exploring the Role of Journalism in the Rereading of National Pasts – Section III: Embodiment & Materiality – Erin E. Cory: Badna Naaref (We Want to Know): The Politics of Movement and Memory in "Postwar" Beirut – Carolyn Kitch: "Taking Back" a Post-Conflict City: Tourism, Anniversary Memory, and the New Histories of Belfast – Samantha Oliver: Presence and Absence: The Berlin Wall as Strategic Platform – Sharon Ringel: Building an Archive for Future Generations: Archival Digitization at the National Library of Israel – Section IV: Audience – Amanda Lagerkvist/Katerina Linden: Digital Post-Scarcity Versus Default Amnesia: Russian Political Existence and the Online Resurrection of Memories of the Dead at the Nord-Ost Theatre Siege – Manuel Menke/Ekaterina Kalinina: Reclaiming Identity: GDR Lifeworld Memories in Digital Public Spheres – Barbie Zelizer: Postscript: Once A Margin, Always A Margin – Contributors – Index.