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Cartographies of Culture

Memory, Space, Representation


Wojciech Kalaga and Marzena Kubisz

Nowadays the issues of space and place pertain more than ever to the ongoing discussion about personal/regional/national identities. The worlds of private archives of memory often exist independently of political and administrative divisions, while dominant ideologies are often capable of re-defining national archives of memory through selective representation of the past. The way we remember our past and our heritage inscribes the space we live in: the places we remember and the places we wish to forget, the monuments we pull down and erect and the museums we build are only some of the signposts on the landscape of our cultural memory. The essays collected in this volume examine the role of places and spaces in the formation of both cultural practices and the existential experience of modern individual.
Contents: Inga Bryden: Mapping the Urban Sensorium; Marking the «Non-u-Mental» – Marcin Mazurek: Redefining Navigation: Urban Congestion vs. Off-Road Encounters – Iwona Kurz: A City Map as a Construct of Memory. An Example - the 1944 Uprising in Contemporary Warsaw – Radosław Poczykowski: Hand Drawn Memory - How to Read a Mental Map? – Michał Libera: Auditive Notion of Memory in 15 Seconds – Lisa Gabbert: Hybridities, New Authenticities, Power: An Ethnographic Example of a Local Heritage Site – Maruša Pušnik: Disciplined Memories of a Nation: Remembrance and Museum’s Narratives – Gregor Starc: Skiing and Football in the Slovenian National Mnemonic Scheme – Anna Chromik-Krzykawska: Policing the Boundaries: The Spatial Practices of the Body – Liza Potvin: Remembering It in Our Bones: Marie Clements’ Burning Vision – Katarzyna Kociołek: Winning Over Space - Black British Visual Arts Debate in Selected Writings by E. Chambers, R. Araeen, and K. Mercer – Aneta Zacharz: Mirror Re-mirrored - On the Reflection of the Self – Maciej Nowak: Toward the Beauty of Inhabitable Spaces. Classicists against the «Fantastick» Speculations of Reason – Justyna Wierzchowska: The Myth-making Function of Discourse on the Meaning of Abstract. Expressionism in the Cold War Period – Mary Modeen: Distancing and Foregrounding: Visual Art, Memory and Place – Anthony Barker: Time, Space and Police Procedure in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Fargo (1996).