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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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10. Digital Post-Scarcity Versus Default Amnesia: Russian Political Existence and the Online Resurrection of Memories of the Dead at the Nord-Ost Theatre Siege (Amanda Lagerkvist / Katerina Linden)

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10. Digital Post-Scarcity Versus Default Amnesia: Russian Political Existence and the Online Resurrection of Memories of the Dead at the Nord-Ost Theatre Siege

AMANDA LAGERKVIST AND KATERINA LINDEN

Eighteen year old boys stand next to the Nord-Ost memorial, but they know nothing about Nord-Ost. They look at the victims’ portraits and ask me: “Who are they?” I answer: “These people died at Nord-Ost.” They reply: “Where was it?” They really do not know. Society is not interested in it. There are only the hostages’ relatives who want to remember, and our society wants only to forget.

—Dmitriy Milovidov, Svoboda Radio Station, 20151

Impossible to believe that such event could happen in our Moscow. It is our pain from now on, we will live with it for a long time. I have so many questions that nobody can answer! Why did it happen? We will never know!

—Anna Petrova, Nord-Ost Book of Memory, 20022

Forgive us Lecha, you were the best of us! And we remember you!

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