Parading memory and re-member-ing conflict: Collective memory in transition in Northern Ireland

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This article leverages an understanding of collective memory to examine the politico-cultural practice of parading in Northern Ireland and so extends our knowledge of the role of memory and commemoration in peace processes.
Parades traverse social, cultural and political terrains and ritually collapse memories of family, community and nation. As disputes over meaning are determined in part by the context of articulation, this article examines a number of contested parades in North Belfast in the current ‘post-conflict’ phase of the peace process. Reflecting on parades through the multidisciplinary prism of memory studies illuminates the complex processes in which parading has been constituted and of which the parading tradition has been (and is) constitutive. For parades are about memories: they both memorialize past events and incite new memories through particular social and embodied practices. They are about memory and place, as they are tied to particular routes and local dynamics. They are about memory and violence: they generally commemorate events, men and victims of violence, but they also enact new paths and scripts of violence. They are about memory and politics, as they reflect and challenge shifting relations to the state. And they are about memory and transitions, because they negotiate tradition in dialogue with wider trajectories of political and demographic change. In all these ways, parades are vernaculars that can unsettle received or official discourses, attempting to smooth over differences and anxieties in transitory times.
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
Sider (fra-til)23-41
Antal sider21
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2017
BegivenhedParading Memory and Re-member-ing conflict: Collective memroy in transition in Northern Ireland - Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts/ Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 10 nov. 201410 dec. 2014


SeminarParading Memory and Re-member-ing conflict
LokationCentre for Resolution of International Conflicts/ Copenhagen University

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