Re-imaging and re-imagining the past after 'memoricide': intimate archives as inscribed memories of the missing

Halilovich, H 2016, 'Re-imaging and re-imagining the past after 'memoricide': intimate archives as inscribed memories of the missing', Archival Science, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 77-92.


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Title Re-imaging and re-imagining the past after 'memoricide': intimate archives as inscribed memories of the missing
Author(s) Halilovich, H
Year 2016
Journal name Archival Science
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 77
End page 92
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Abstract This paper discusses a number of stories about loss, grief and genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the attempts by the survivors to construct intimate archives about their shattered lives. In addition to the loss of human lives, the deliberate destruction of documents, photographs, books and official records has been deeply felt by the genocide survivors and other victims of 'memoricide' in Bosnia as a very personal loss, an aggravated trauma and a metaphor for annihilation of their personal, family and communal existence. Subsequently, for them, the recreation of personal records and communal archives ultimately becomes an attempt to reclaim their own past and, in the process, to reaffirm their identities and recreate and sustain a sense of continuity in a post-genocide context. Using a series of ethnographic vignettes from Bosnia and the Bosnian refugee diaspora, the paper highlights the importance of the survivors' emotional (and embodied) attachment to various forms of records and archival material. It also demonstrates the potential for research in memory and archival studies to actively engage in the creation of historical narratives about violations of human rights, thus contributing to truth-finding, social healing and reconciliation processes in post-conflict and post-genocide communities.
Subject Social and Cultural Anthropology
Race and Ethnic Relations
Migrant Cultural Studies
Keyword(s) Affect
Archive
Bosnia
Genocide
Photography
'Memoricide'
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s10502-015-9258-0
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ISSN 1389-0166
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