Conversations on visual memory
Title: Conversations on visual memory
Author: PASSERINI, Luisa
Citation: [Florence] : [European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization ; Luisa Passerini], 2018
This book is an exploration in two fields of knowledge that were developing along different, sometimes converging and sometimes diverging, lines: art concerning migration, on the one hand, and the documentation (oral, visual, and written) collected from people involved in the process of mobility toward and through Europe, on the other. One of the author's intents is to highlight similarities and divergences between the two research practices—the artistic and the cultural-historical—and to show how the relationship between the two can be one of resonance in the sense that they shed light on each other. The author writes more on how the expansion of her focus from oral to visual memory came about. For more than forty years, starting in the 1970s, she interviewed people of all ages from all walks of life: factory workers, students, protagonists of the 1968 protest movements, feminist activists, and female and male migrants. Prof. Passerini recorded their testimonies on tape and then transcribed them. She was intrigued by the relationship between the oral and the written and how they interplay within memory. In those years, she was already developing a parallel interest in all things visual, stemming from the appeal of the visual arts, and, more banally, from the constant use of computers. In the 1990s, Passerini worked on the myth of Europa, the Phoenician princess who gave her name to Europe, a research context dominated for centuries—indeed millennia—by the images produced by artists, from the greatest to the less well known. She was struck by how “the visual” had transformed the myth over time, updating it with present-day images. This book is the final product of the research conducted by Professor Luisa Passerini, Principal Investigator of the European Research Council Project “Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond” (BABE). Conversations on Visual Memory combines dialogues between the author and some experts in the fields of memory and visuality with presentations and analyses of "maps" drawn by mobile people, collected in BABE fieldwork.
Subject: Memory; Mobility; Visuality; Migration; Social and cultural acceptance; Europe; European; European identity; Education; Archive; Body; Borders
Table of Contents:
- Acknowledgements - Prologue -- Part One: Distant Voices, Present Lives - Chapter 1. Acts of Mapping: Jerry Bruner - Chapter 2. Remote Pasts, Possible Worlds: Magdy Youssef; Blerina Cuni; Antony - Chapter 3. Signs, Sounds, and Skills: Mihail Tirdea; Irina Stan; Ali Arush; Stefan Alexandru Mihai; Florina Claudia Negut; and Alina Gabriela Bolog. Gianni Carchia. Jack Goody. Youssef Boukkouss; Tarik El Amiri -- Part Two: Dialogues Between Images - Chapter 4. Figurative Borders of Europe: Eva Leitolf. Leonardo Puris; Mohamed. Ai Weiwei - Victor López González. Henry Moses; Maricica Anasie; Ludmila Dmitriev - Chapter 5. Reverberations and Critical Distances in Mobility Research: Ursula Biemann. Luz Fabiola Sanmaniego Jimenez; Hanane Radouane; Angelica Judith Canchi Cornejo - Chapter 6. Keywords for Shared Memories: Bouchra Khalili. Jean-Willy Mundele-Makusu; Abdou Cissé; Laila Mountassir; Iryna Prokaza - Chapter 4. Figurative Borders of Europe - Chapter 5. Reverberations and Critical distances in Mobility Research: Ursula Biemann - Chapter 6. Keywords for Shared Memories: Bouchra Khalili - Appendix. Interviewees' Places of Origin and Arrival - Index of Names
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/; The oral, written, and visual testimonies, as well as all of the material collected for the Project, will be deposited at the Historical Archives of the European Union, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, and will, in compliance with the privacy regulations, be made publicly accessible. I am very thankful to Dieter Schlenker, the director of the Archives, for his acceptance of this fund (see the Appendix of this book for details about the material). Each of the interviewees signed a release form giving us permission to make their interviews and visual material, as well as the transcripts of their testimonies, accessible. They all received a copy of their release forms after being informed of their rights as research participants. Some requested a pseudonym (in this case, only their first names are used in the book), or complete anonymity is maintained. Gustavo Zagrebelsky, the Project’s ethical advisor provided useful advice on the ethical and juridical implications of our work.; To view and read the epub file, use the readers available for your operating system: for example Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge for Windows system.
Grant number: FP7/295854/EU
Type of Access: openAccess
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