In this seminar I will focus on the methods I have used in the doing of my memory-based research. This research agenda has investigated the linkages between cultural memory, identity formation and maintenance, as well as the interplay of migration and a politics of memory. Researching memory, then, is inextricably linked to researching identity and place. Memory of the nation is ‘used’ in public landscapes as a tool to reinforce certain aspects of the nation’s identity. Representations of memory in public landscapes – monuments, memorials, street names – communicate how, what and, often who are considered important to conceptions of a nation’s past. Choices are made about what and who has a place in the public memory landscape; commonly, they toe a political line, supporting and/or commemorating individuals, places and events that hold resonance for a particular, (and most commonly a government’s) interpretation of identity (national, community, religious, for example).

The everyday places and spaces that we frequent as part of our daily routines are not exempt from a politics of memory and identity.  The ‘everyday’ can provide insights about/of the nation; it can popularise certain articulations of the nation in the present, and it can be a stage for events of state commemoration. Memory in everyday places has an enduring quality – both in its material and symbolic capacities.  The case studies presented in this seminar showcase the different methods I have used to explore and make sense of memory traces in everyday places. These methods – including, mobile methods, autoethnography and video ethnography, vox pops, and sound analysis – look with, but also beyond, representational forms of memory. These methods for memory-work have encompassed understanding how memory is embodied by things, in places and how it can be simultaneously touched, seen, felt, heard and experienced.

Tid: 20 november 2018, kl. 13.00−14.00.
Plats: X308, Geovetenskapens hus, Frescati.
Presentatör: Danielle Drozdzewski, Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.
Organisatör: Kulturgeografiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.