Post-Conflict Performance, Film and Visual Arts

Cities of Memory

  • Des O'Rawe
  • Mark Phelan

Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Des O’Rawe, Mark Phelan
    Pages 1-11
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Part III

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-314

About this book


Drawing on a range of cities and conflicts from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the collection explores the post-conflict condition as it is lived and expressed in modern cities such as Berlin, Belfast, Bilbao, Beirut, Derry, Skopje, Sarajevo, Tunis, Johannesburg and Harare. Post-Conflict Performance, Film and Visual Arts: Cities of Memory investigates how the memory of conflict can be inscribed in historical monuments, human bodies and hermeneutic acts of mapping, traversing, representing, and performing the city. Several essays explore the relations between memory, history and urban space; where memory is located and how it is narrated, as well as various aspects of embodied memory; testimonial memory; traumatic memory; counter-memory; false memory; post-memory. Other essays examine the representations of post-war cities and how cultural imaginations relate to the politics of reconstruction in places devastated by protracted urban warfare. Post-Conflict Performance, Film and Visual Arts: Cities of Memory offers a comparative survey of the complex and often controversial encounters between public art, political memory and commemoration in divided societies, as well as offering insights into the political and ethical difficulties of balancing the dynamics of forgetting and remembering.


theatre transformation politics war remembrance forgiveness urban regeneration civil war Arab Spring The Troubles post-apartheid South Africa Bosnia Years of Lead city of culture Lebanon Palast der Republik Skopje commemoration memory studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Des O'Rawe
    • 1
  • Mark Phelan
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Creative ArtsQueen's University BelfastBelfastUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Languages, Literatures and Performing ArtsQueen's University BelfastBelfastUnited Kingdom

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