Memory activism is dynamic and ever-evolving. Commemorative performances may shift in scale and tone from year to year, reflecting the vicissitudes of funding and the involvement of different memory activists. “Memory protest” is not neatly separable from quieter forms of “memory work” either (Wüstenberg, 2017: 18). These modes may slide from one into another and, at times, coexist, as activists seek to reach different audiences and respond to diverse demands. The insights of political geographers are especially relevant to an appreciation of the dynamism and creative potential of memory activism. They encourage us to think of space, not as a flat surface or a “container” in which action occurs but rather, as socially produced, at least in part, by bodies and the relations between them. From this perspective we can appreciate that spaces and places of memory are not static or fixed but continually made and remade, even as they are also shaped by the inequitable distribution of power and resources (see Massey, 2005).
|Title of host publication
|The Routledge Handbook of Memory Activism
|Yifat Gutman and Jenny Wüstenberg
|Place of Publication
|Taylor & Francis Group
|Published - 2022