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Time elapsed: untangling commemorative tragedies after conflict and tragedy

McDowell, Sara (2013) Time elapsed: untangling commemorative tragedies after conflict and tragedy. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 6 (3). pp. 185-200. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1179/1752627213Z.00000000017


The time that elapses between a conflict or a traumatic event and its memorialisation can vary enormously depending on a range of social, economic and political circumstances. While the nuances of commemorative temporalities are not always amenable to ready synthesis due to the plethora of motivations involved in acts of remembrance, this paper marks an attempt to untangle some of the themes which have emerged from an analysis of the relationship between memorialisation and time. Conceptualising ‘time elapsed’ as a potentially important perspective in the study of memory and conflict, this paper has three intersecting objectives. First, it teases out some of the factors that may influence time elapsed; second, it questions whether the time it takes to memorialise traumatic events is lessening as society become more attuned to a ‘memorial vocabulary’; and finally, it determines the extent to which a ‘memory-boom’ is responsible for the recovery of tragedies seemingly forgotten.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Human Environments
ID Code:26562
Deposited By: Dr Sara McDowell
Deposited On:13 Aug 2013 08:57
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:14

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