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Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space (Routledge Studies in Cultural History) [Hardcover]

by Ana Lucia Araujo
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April 18, 2012 0415526922 978-0415526920 0

The public memory of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade, which some years ago could be observed especially in North America, has slowly emerged into a transnational phenomenon now encompassing Europe, Africa, and Latin America, and even Asia – allowing the populations of African descent, organized groups, governments, non-governmental organizations and societies in these different regions to individually and collectively update and reconstruct the slave past.

This edited volume examines the recent transnational emergence of the public memory of slavery, shedding light on the work of memory produced by groups of individuals who are descendants of slaves. The chapters in this book explore how the memory of the enslaved and slavers is shaped and displayed in the public space not only in the former slave societies but also in the regions that provided captives to the former American colonies and European metropoles. Through the analysis of exhibitions, museums, monuments, accounts, and public performances, the volume makes sense of the political stakes involved in the phenomenon of memorialization of slavery and the slave trade in the public sphere.



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"One of the most successful aspects of the collection is the continued focus on the complexities and ambiguities of memory. If memories vibrate internationally, then itis our job as practitioners and scholars of memory to keep mapping--in both local and global senses--the ways that slavery is represented, contested, complicated, understood, ignored, and commemorated in the public space. Politics of Memory is a wonderful beginning to this shamefully overdue project." Chris Lloyd [H-Memory, H-Net Reviews, May 2013]

"Collectively, we are only just beginning to reflect critically on public representations of race slavery. Better late than never. This lively anthology from a new generation of commentators helps us peer into Pandora’s Box with fresh eyes. Politics of Memory is distinctive for the rich diversity of the authors and for its wide geographical sweep."Peter H. Wood, Professor Emeritus, Duke University and author of Near Andersonville: Winslow Homer’s Civil War

"While there has been much work on re-discovering the historical accounts of slavery, this book is an important addition to scholarship that analyses the reasons for this - the call by descendants of slaves and those with collective memory of slavery for their histories to rank in the national and global story of slavery. Politics of Memory is an excellent account of this." - Stephen Gapps, Historical Dialogues

About the Author

Ana Lucia Araujo is Professor in the Department of History at Howard University, USA. She is author of Romantisme tropical: l'aventure illustrée d'un peintre français au Brésil (2008) and Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (2010). She edited Living History: Encountering the Memory of the Heirs of Slavery (2009) and Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities, and Images (2011) and co-edited Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora. (2011)

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  • Series: Routledge Studies in Cultural History
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (April 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415526922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415526920
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,529,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ana Lucia Araujo is a historian, who specializes in the history of Brazil and the South Atlantic region. Her interests include the history and the memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery, and its present legacies, as well as the visual culture of slavery.

Full Professor in the Department of History at Howard University (Washington DC), Ana Lucia Araujo is the author of Romantisme tropical : l'aventure illustrée d'un peintre français au Brésil (Quebec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 2008). Her most recent book Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (Amherst: Cambria Press, 2010) is a study of the recent phenomenon of memorialization of slavery in Brazil and the Republic of Benin. The book argues that the building of this memorialization wave was not only the result of survivals from the period of the Atlantic slave trade but also the outcome of a transnational movement that was accompanied by the continuous intervention of institutions and individuals who promoted the relations between Brazil and the present-day Republic of Benin.

Araujo also edited the volume Living History: Encountering the Memory of the Heirs of Slavery (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); Paths of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Interactions, Identities and Images (Cambria Press, 2011), and Politics of Memory: Making Slavery Visible in the Public Space (Routledge, forthcoming in April 2012). With Paul E. Lovejoy and Mariana P. Candido she co-edited the book Crossing Memories: Slavery and African Diaspora (Africa World Press, 2011). She is also working on two other monographs. The first, Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage, and Slavery, is a global study of the public memory of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade. The second, Memory and Identity: Images of Slavery in the Americas, is a historical analysis of European and North American travelogues visual and textual representations of slavery in the Americas from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Politics of Memory is great October 2, 2013
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The articles included in this book are helpful for my ongoing research. I just read some of them and it's enough to satisfy my expectations. For this reason I rate this publilcation as a very good one and I recommend it to my colleagues from academic field which are concerned about the public policies of museums.
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