Topographies of Memories

A New Poetics of Commemoration

  • Anita Bakshi

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. GROUNDWORK: Revealing Place and Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 3-42
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      Pages 43-76
  3. FOCUS: Excavating Nicosia’s Buffer Zone

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-81
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      Pages 83-136
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      Pages 137-171
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      Pages 173-206
  4. POIESIS: Designing for Emotional Bodies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Anita Bakshi
      Pages 209-264
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      Pages 265-300
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 301-340

About this book


This book explores new approaches towards developing memorial and heritage sites, moving beyond the critique of existing practices that have been the traditional focus of studies of commemoration. Offering understandings of the effects of conflict on memories of place, as manifested in everyday lives and official histories, it explores the formation of urban identities and constructed images of the city. Topographies of Memories suggests interdisciplinary approaches for creating commemorative sites with shared stakes. The first part of the book focuses on memory dynamics, the second on Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus, and the third on physical and material world interventions. Design practices and modes of engagement with places of memory are explored, making connections between theoretical explorations of memory and forgetting and practical strategies for designers and practitioners.


Commemoration Spaces of Memory Nicosia Urban Contestation Reserve of Forgetting heritage divided cities embodied cognition empathic engagement contested pasts

Authors and affiliations

  • Anita Bakshi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Landscape ArchitectureRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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