Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin: Spheres of Speakability

Hardcover | July 8, 2013

byIrit Dekel

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Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin offers a novel approach to the memorial and its study through the focus on performances. Based on extensive ethnographic research, and drawing on dramaturgic theory, memory studies and theories of the public sphere, the book offers a fresh theorization of memorial experience by analyzing interaction between guides, memorial workers and visitors. Moving away from models of postmemory and post trauma approaches, the book recognizes the precariousness and variation of memory work done at the memorial through the ways visitors engages with the act of remembrance rather than with its object, namely the history of Jewish persecution and the Holocaust. This engagement explores how visitors present and perform their 'moral career' at the site, whose codes have been shaped by knowledge about and visits in this and other sites of Holocaust remembrance.

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Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin offers a novel approach to the memorial and its study through the focus on performances. Based on extensive ethnographic research, and drawing on dramaturgic theory, memory studies and theories of the public sphere, the book offers a fresh theorization of memorial experience by analyzing in...

Irit Dekel is Postdoctoral fellow in the Social Sciences department in Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany and teaches at ECLA of Bard in Berlin. She has published on memory politics in Germany and Israel, media, and memory tourism.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.67 × 5.67 × 0.76 inPublished:July 8, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023036330X

ISBN - 13:9780230363304

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures
Introduction
1. Navigating Experience: Studying the Holocaust Memorial
2. Spheres of Speakability: Old and New Discursive Modes
3. Memory in Action: New Ethics of Engagement with Holocaust Memory
4. Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial
Conclusion

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"Dekel focuses on the participation in memory work as a potential act of citizenship – citizenship defined in cosmopolitan and inclusive terms – and, by exploring the different stages of participation in memory work, she is able to theorise the 'moral career' of visitors. Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin moves us away from the restrictive notions of the Holocaust sublime and towards the Holocaust's speakability through performances of memory." - Richard Crownshaw, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK