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Hopeful and Obligatory Remembering: Mediated Memory in Refugee Camps in Post-War Germany
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8401-5511
2020 (English)In: Mediální studia, ISSN 2464-4846, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 13-33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores mediated memory practices in refugee camps in post-war Germany. Inresponse to refugees experiencing a disjuncture of temporality materialized in the liminalspace of the refugee camp, the article argues that media practices of camp residents includepractices of remembering and witnessing. Drawing on memory studies, media practicesare understood as forms of “management of change” and “mediated witnessing”, enactingcultural and diasporic memory, as well as providing opportunities to remember, store thepresent and give witness to one’s plight. Based on an analysis of archival records from campstructures in Germany (1945–1955), examples of mnemonic media practices are analyzed.Concludingly, the article argues that mediated memory in refugee camps is characterizedby an ambiguity of “hopeful” and “obligatory” memory, affected by structures and controlof media and mnemonic activities, as well as agency and initiatives to remember and creatememories from below.

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Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic , 2020. Vol. 14, no 1, p. 13-33
Keywords [en]
media practices, refugee camps, memory studies, mediated witnessing, media history
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Media Studies
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Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40727OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40727DiVA, id: diva2:1430849
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The (dis)connected refugee: The role of communication technologies in trust-building in Sweden and GermanyAvailable from: 2020-05-18 Created: 2020-05-18 Last updated: 2020-05-18Bibliographically approved

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