Post-conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies

Olivette Otele (Editor), Luisa Gandolfo (Editor), Yoav Galai (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


As the world negotiates immense loss and questions of how to memorialize, the contributions in this volume evaluate the role of culture as a means to promote reconciliation, either between formerly warring parties, perpetrators and survivors, governments and communities, or within the self. Post-Conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies reflects on a distinct aspect of mourning work: the possibility to move towards recovery, while in a period of grief, waiting, silence, or erasure. Drawing on ethnographic data and archival material from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Argentina, Palestine, Israel, Wales, Peru, Colombia, Hungary, Chile, Pakistan, and India, the authors analyze how memorialization and commemoration is practiced by communities who have experienced trauma and violence, while in the absence of memorials, mutual acknowledgement, and the bodies of the missing.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages261
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-54887-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-54886-5, 978-3-030-54889-6
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameMemory Politics and Transitional Justice


  • memory
  • memorialisation
  • conflict
  • peace
  • post-conflict
  • trauma
  • absence


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