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    Performative Holocaust commemoration in the 21st century

    Popescu, Diana and Schult, T. (2020) Performative Holocaust commemoration in the 21st century. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History 26 (2), pp. 135-151. ISSN 1750-4902.

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    Performative practices aim to transform individuals from passive spectators into socially and morally responsible agents. Although performative practices figure prominently in Holocaust memorialization of the past two decades, they remain significantly under-researched. This article provides a critical introduction to this Special Issue’s contributions which explore performative practices in contemporary artistic, educational, and in memorial projects. The article situates performative practice in relation to the pledges ‘never forget’ and ‘never again’ proclaimed by survivors and endorsed by newer generations of memory agents. Empirical research is deemed crucial to reach a better understanding of how such practices impact on contemporary audiences.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Holocaust memory, commemoration practice, performativity, audience participation, audience research
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: The Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism
    Depositing User: Diana Popescu
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2019 13:02
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:51


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