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Mass Violence and Memory in the Digital Age

Memorialization Unmoored

  • Eve Monique Zucker
  • David J. Simon

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

About this book


This volume explores the shifting tides of how political violence is memorialized in today's decentralized, digital era. The book enhances our understanding of how the digital turn is changing the ways that we remember, interpret, and memorialize the past. It also raises practical and ethical questions of how we should utilize these tools and study their impacts. Cases covered include memorialization efforts related to the genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia, Europe (the Holocaust), and Armenia; to non-genocidal violence in Haiti, and the Portuguese Colonial War on the African Continent; and of the September 11 attacks on the United States. 


Memorialization Collective memory Social memory Genocide Mass violence Digital turn Digital revolution

Editors and affiliations

  • Eve Monique Zucker
    • 1
  • David J. Simon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

About the editors

Eve Monique Zucker is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, USA, and a research affiliate at Yale University, USA. She is the author of Forest of Struggle: Moralities of Remembrance in Upland Cambodia (2013).

David J. Simon is Director of the Genocide Studies Program and Senior Lecturer of Political Science at Yale University, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mass Violence and Memory in the Digital Age
  • Book Subtitle Memorialization Unmoored
  • Editors Eve Monique Zucker
    David J. Simon
  • Series Title Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-39394-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-39397-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-39395-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 246
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Media and Communication
    Memory Studies
    Digital/New Media
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“This book shows the way in which small groups of people doing the work of remembrance within civil society resist and transcend the appropriation of the past by state actors.  Using physical and digital sites of memory, these memory activists have preserved and disseminated the history and experience of suffering ignored, hijacked or distorted by those in power.  Risks remain, but remembrance unmoored is remembrance affirmed and protected from atrophy and erasure.” (Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, USA)

“A tremendously important contribution to the growing attention to the ways past atrocities are memorialized through various media. The focus on non-state actors and the productive resistance to state-controlled memory helps readers understand how memorialization truly works, rather than rehearing or rationalizing state agendas regarding how memorialization should work. The balance between novel insights into various human rights violations, including a number of genocides, and the rich theoretical aspects of the case analyses taken as a whole is as rare in the literature as it is valuable even for the most knowledgeable scholar. The studies of the ways in which new technologies are impacting atrocity memory pushes readers far beyond the comfortable and reductive ideas about social media that not only pervade the media but also strongly impact academic thinking on the topic.” (Henry C. Theriault, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and Co-Editor of Genocide Studies International)