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Memory and Genocide: On What Remains and the Possibility of Representation

Edited by Fazil Moradi, Ralph Buchenhorst and Maria Six-Hohenbalken

This book focuses on ethical, aesthetic and scholarly dimensions of how genocide-related works of art, documentary films, poetry and performance, museums and monuments, music, dance, image, law, memory narratives, spiritual bonds, and ruins translate and take place as translations of acts of genocide. It shows how genocide-related modes of representation are rather acts of translation that, displace and produce memory and acts of remembrance of genocidal violence as inheritance of the past in a future present. Thus, the possibility of representation is examined in light of what remains in the aftermath, where the past and the future are inseparable companions, and the idea of the untranslatability of acts of genocide. By opening up the past and lived experiences of genocidal violence as and through multiple acts of translation that mark heterogeneous turns toward the future, this volume will be of interest to all scholars and students of memory and genocide studies, transitional justice, sociology, psychology, and social anthropology.

Fazil Moradi is finalizing his PhD thesis at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany.

Ralph Buchenhorst is a Senior Researcher at Halle University. He received his PhD from the University of Vienna and his habilitation from the University of Potsdam in Germany. Buchenhorst has been a DAAD guest professor at the University of Buenos Aires (2002-2006) and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2013).

Maria Six-Hohenbalken is researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and lecturer at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna.

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