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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.

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Pawas Bisht is a Lecturer in Media, Communications and Culture at the School of Humanities, Keele University (UK). In his work as a researcher and documentary filmmaker, he examines the intersections of media, memory, and politics at both individual and collective levels. His research has been published in journals including Media, Culture & Society and Contemporary South Asia. His films have been shown on Channel 4 (UK), CNBC and Doordarshan (India’s national public service broadcaster) and include work commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility. His most recent film ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ (2017) was a portrait of the British designers Pat Albeck and Peter Rice.

Erin E. Cory is a postdoctoral researcher in Refugee Migration and Media and Communication Studies at Malmö University, Sweden. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California-San Diego. Her doctoral work examined the conciliatory possibilities of urban expressive practice in Beirut. Her current research concerns social and participatory art spaces in the Öresund Region, focusing on how these spaces reflect and encourage new understandings of integration for young refugees and asylum seekers, as well as native Scandinavians. She is co-editing a special issue of City and Society, ‘Materializing Exile in the City: Migration, Mobility, Difference.’

Ekaterina Kalinina is a postdoctoral researcher at Södertörn University, Department of Media and Communication, Sweden. She works predominantly in the fields of digital memory and information warfare by focusing on contemporary media...

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