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Can a cultural memory and identity constructed around traumatic events in the historical past, interpreted as the result of pollution of the sacred center, give a group an evolutionary advantage under the right conditions? This article assesses this question by examining three different waves of...
This article aims at sketching a synthetic and original approach to decrypt the process of the formation of national identities. The theoretical framework proposed tries to combine different perspectives of nationhood (‘from above’ versus ‘from below’, constructivist versus performative and so...
What factors influence the scholarly field of vision, its illuminations and omissions? Reflexive interventions have typically addressed this question via analyses of knowledge producers and their institutional contexts. In contrast, this article foregrounds the inherited cultural infrastructures...
In this article, I compare contemporary mnemonic battles concerning three issues: child sexual abuse, the Vietnam war and American slavery. Analyzing the rhetorical dynamics between contentious mnemonic agents in each case, I detail the formal cultural strategies that define different mnemonic...
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