Global Reflections upon Remembering War
Edited By Catherine Gilbert, Kate McLoughlin and Niall Munro
How, in the twenty-first century, can we do commemoration better? In particular, how can commemoration contribute to post-war reconciliation and reconstruction? In this book, a global roster of distinguished writers, artists, musicians, religious leaders, military veterans and scholars debate these questions and ponder the future of commemoration. They include the world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz, the award-winning novelists Aminatta Forna and Rachel Seiffert, and the human rights lawyer and Gifford Baillie Prize-winner Philippe Sands. Polemics and reflections together with poetry and creative prose movingly illuminate a subject that speaks to our common humanity.
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- Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2020. XVIII, 346 pp., 11 fig. col., 14 fig. b/w.
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- List of Figures
- Foreword (John, Lord Alderdice)
- Introduction: The Call to Remembrance (Catherine Gilbert, Kate McLoughlin and Niall Munro)
- Part I Textual Commemoration
- Introduction: Words Fail Us (Catherine Gilbert)
- Now as Then (Jenny Lewis)
- Memoir and Memory (Aminatta Forna with Elleke Boehmer)
- The Act of Looking Back (Philippe Sands)
- Daring to Remember (Rachel Seiffert)
- Reflections on International Justice as a Commemorative Process (Shea Esterling, Michael John-Hopkins and Christopher Harding)
- Bearing Witness, Becoming Human: Cultural Memory, ‘Post-Truth’ and the Digital (Daniel O’Gorman)
- Encountering Commemoration (Jane Potter with Kate McLoughlin)
- My History, Our History (Robert Eaglestone)
- Sacred Memory/Prosaic History: Rivesaltes Memorial Camp (Lyndsey Stonebridge)
- Commemoration, Collective Loss and Social Cohesion (Harvey Whitehouse)
- Open Wounds: Commemorating the Colombian Conflict (Cherilyn Elston)
- What Is It All About? (Frank Ledwidge)
- Lacrimae Rerum : Building a Bridge between Literary and Monumental Commemoration (Alex Donnelly)
- Uruk’s Anthem (Extracts) (Adnan al-Sayegh)
- Part II Monumental Commemoration
- Introduction: More than Stone – Finding Ourselves in Our Monuments (Niall Munro)
- Articulating History: Architecture and Memory (Daniel Libeskind)
- From Brokenness to Reconciliation (The Very Reverend John Witcombe)
- Reconciliation and a Responsibility to the Past (Cornelia Kulawik with Kate McLoughlin)
- Memorials that Lurk and Pounce (Gabriel Moshenska)
- Three Poems (Sue Zatland)
- Community through Creativity: Empowering Veteran Artists (Mark Johnston with Alex Donnelly)
- The Paradoxes of Commemoration (Emma Login)
- Commemoration and the Limits of Empathy (Silke Arnold-de Simine with Catherine Gilbert)
- Four Poems (Mariah Whelan)
- The Knowledge (Jeremy Treglown)
- A Concretisation of Meaning: Making Memorials (Charles Gurrey with Niall Munro)
- When Is the Focus on Memory Just Too Much? The Challenges of Commemoration and Cultural Memory (Marita Sturken with Niall Munro)
- Memoration (Susie Campbell)
- The Scent of Commemoration (Justine Shaw)
- Stones Do Not Forget: Forgetting and Being Forgotten in Czech Silesia (Johana Wyss)
- Lose the Dudes, Keep the Horses: On Civil War Monuments in the United States (Tony Horwitz)
- Part III Aural Commemoration
- Introduction: Music, Voices, Absence, Silence (Kate McLoughlin)
- Mourning and Music (Juliana M. Pistorius)
- Music and Memory (Jonathan Dove with Kate Kennedy)
- Classical to Dub-Reggae: The First World War and Musical Memory (Peter Grant)
- Bag of Bones (Dunya Mikhail)
- Interviewing as a Commemorative Practice (Rita Phillips)
- Hearing the Dead (Annabel Williams)
- Listening to the Past, Sound (Paul Whitty)
- Hush (Susie Campbell)
- Returning from Europe, Reflections on Post-War Commemoration (John Dunston)
- From ‘Daniel’ (Patrick Toland)
- Remembering the Lebanese Civil War (Lydia Wilson)
- Monumental Silences (Noreen Masud)
- Re-valuing Silence (Férdia J. Stone-Davis)
- The Costliness of Commemoration (Maggie Ross)
- Traces (Susie Campbell)
- Notes on Contributors
Hush (Susie Campbell)
‘Hush’ is another section from Susie Campbell’s Tenter.
It responds to two visits she made to the site of the Battle of Hastings (Figure 23): the first with her mother, who died just before the residency began, and the second to research the Bayeux Tapestry. The notebook list in ‘Hush’ is from a list in sculptor Rachael Whiteread’s 2012 notebook. The full list is as follows: Nothingness, Blank, Nil, Missing, Hollowness, Not a soul, Mirage, Moonshine, Null, Naked, Vapour, Melt, Dye (crossed out), Crack, Loom (crossed out), Frame and filled door (crossed out), Void, Hush hush, Shh, Sush (sic), Aetherial, Lull, Haze, Mist/fog, Glazed.
Figure 23. Hastings Battlefield (black and white) (Nilfanion, 1964, Wikimedia Commons).
A hill beneath and a filled-in door. This bench, its damp wooden flowers. A dead tree stripped clean and time fucking stops. You reach a corner of you are there.
You are there.
An edge of grief you can park in an empty tongue. The fields are empty.
That’s near enough.
You expect you have come here to honour the dead. An open field looks like battlefield words: gone, absent, missing. You come to hold it in memory but it becomes spongy underfoot.
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