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MEMORYSCAPES OF EASTERN POLAND

J. Kabronska
Friday 9 November 2018 by Libadmin2018

ABSTRACT

The text investigates new phenomena emerging in the field of social memory and commemoration in contemporary Poland. On the basis of field analyses, case studies and theoretical, transdisciplinary approaches, the paper discusses the issue of contemporary memoryscapes in eastern Poland (Bialystok and Lublin). These emerging forms of remembrance are the result of the sophisticated interplay between different actors involved in the social discourse of memory: witnesses and their testimonies, historical artefacts, architectural objects, new spaces of remembrance and many others. The research provides insights both into the concept of ‘memoryscapes’ and the process of their formation. The text concludes with an attempt to present various material forms of commemoration as an important part of the social landscape in contemporary Poland. The research findings offer the opportunity to introduce new interpretations of the complex and difficult relation between memory and architecture to academic discourse. The text stresses that today the study of memory forms would be difficult without transdisciplinary approaches. There is a need for further research, but the paper confirms the potential of this direction of study.

Keywords: architecture and memory, landscape, social memory


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