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Engaging Hashima: Memory Work, Site-Based Affects, and the Possibilities of Interruption

Dixon, DP; Pendleton, M; Fearnley, C; (2016) Engaging Hashima: Memory Work, Site-Based Affects, and the Possibilities of Interruption. GeoHumanities , 2 (1) pp. 167-187. 10.1080/2373566X.2016.1168208. Green open access

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Abstract

How is memory embodied, narrated, interrupted, and reworked? Here, we take a postphenomenological approach to memory work that is attentive to how site-based affects prompt and ossify, but also transmogrify, memory of place. With reference to an intensely traumatized, but also domesticated and entropied, environment—the island of Hashima, off the coast from Nagasaki City in Japan—we demonstrate the relevance and explanatory reach of culturally specific accounts of memory, time, and place; how an attentiveness to cultural context in the making of meaning helps mark out the epistemological violences that accrue around sites such as Hashima as objects of analysis in and of themselves; and the affective capacities of the materialities and forces that compose such sites, which can present a welter of surfaces and interiorities that are sensuously “felt” as memory.

Type: Article
Title: Engaging Hashima: Memory Work, Site-Based Affects, and the Possibilities of Interruption
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/2373566X.2016.1168208
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2373566X.2016.1168208
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 by Deborah P. Dixon, Mark Pendleton, and Carina Fearnley. Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The moral rights of the named author(s) have been asserted. Permission is granted subject to the terms of the License under which the work was published. Please check the License conditions for the work which you wish to reuse. Full and appropriate attribution must be given. This permission does not cover any third party copyrighted material which may appear in the work requested.
Keywords: affect, memory, ruin, site, walking
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1496128
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