Milani, TM and Richardson, JE (2022) Responsibility for justice in action: commemoration, affect and politics at Il Memoriale della Shoah in Milan. Critical Discourse Studies. ISSN 1740-5904

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In this article, we analyse Il Memoriale della Shoah, the memorial of the victims of the Shoah in Milan, which was inaugurated in 2013 and, in 2015, was turned into a night shelter for destitute migrants. To understand the rhetoric and politics of the Memorial, we bring together the notions of affective practices, découpages du temps (lit. slices of time) and multidirectional memory. This analytic approach allows us to examine the nonlinear shape of remembering, the dialectic relationships between the spatialisation of time and the temporalisation of space, the ways in which emotions are brought into being semiotically in context, and the ethical questions that these feelings raise. Through detailed multimodal and affective analysis of the affordances of the built environment and its soundscape, the curation of the Memorial, the contextualisation of three guided tours (two online and one in situ) and politicised commentary on the Memorial’s decision to shelter refugees, our paper illustrates the multi-layered character of the relationship between space and time – one in which the past, the present and the future partly overlap and mobilise political action.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Discourse Studies; commemoration; Shoah; affect; decoupages du temps; multidirectional memory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 15:01
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 15:01

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