Dr Luisa Gandolfo publishes co-edited volume, Post-Conflict Memorialization

Dr Luisa Gandolfo has published a co-edited volume, entitled Post-Conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies, with Professor Olivette Otele (University of Bristol) and Dr Yoav Galai (Royal Holloway).

The volume, which draws on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust and British Academy, builds on a workshop held at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in Amsterdam, titled, Missing Memorials and Absent Bodies: Negotiating Post-conflict Trauma and Memorialisation.

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.

Dr Gandolfo's chapter, 'Absence, Gender, and the Land(Scape) in Palestinian Art', considers gendered readings of the land and landscape by artists in Palestine and the diaspora, including Mona Hatoum, Sama Alshaibi, and Tamam Al-Akhal.

Closing the volume, the authors reflect on the ongoing pandemic and the implications this has for how and when we mourn, amidst lockdown restrictions.

The full volume is available as an e-copy and a hard-copy, here.