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Memories on the Move

Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past

  • Monika Palmberger
  • Jelena Tošić

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Mnemonic Dimensions of Exile

  3. Mediating Memories on the Move

  4. Legacies and Politics of Memory

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-293

About this book


Bringing together vivid ethnographic material, this book opens up a timely conversation between memory and mobility/migration studies. It goes beyond the idea of the nation state as the primary unit of analysis to explore how people on the move use different forms and media of remembering to make sense of their lives and act as political subjects. Investigating when and by what means people on the move remember and communicate memories in the context of various forms of (im)mobility, the authors examine photographs, films, the reinhabiting of pre-exilic homes, pseudo-historical performances, transgenerational mnemonic gatherings and transnational political activism. This edited collection will appeal to scholars of anthropology, sociology, political science, human geography, history and oral history. 


Nation state Remembering Political activism Oral history Anthropology

Editors and affiliations

  • Monika Palmberger
    • 1
  • Jelena Tošić
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social and Cultural AnthropologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Social and Cultural AnthropologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

About the editors

Monika Palmberger is Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Research
Fellow at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Jelena Tošić is Research Fellow at the University of Vienna, Austria, and Lecturer at the
University of Bern, Switzerland.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Memories on the Move
  • Book Subtitle Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past
  • Editors Monika Palmberger
    Jelena Tošić
  • Series Title Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship
  • Series Abbreviated Title Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-57548-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-84697-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-57549-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 293
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    Memory Studies
    Human Geography
    Political Science
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Contesting common assumptions about the rootedness of memory in nation, space and place, Memories on the Move explores the mobility of memory in our age of political change, migration and refugeehood. Through a series of excellent essays focusing on the mobility of people, objects, sites and paradigms, this volume uses concrete ethnographic analyses of memory practices in different parts of the globe to offer theoretical reflections on how memory shapes and is shaped by mobility in time and space.” (Marianne Hirsch, Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, Columbia University, USA)

Memories on the Move is a brilliant edited volume that fills an important gap in the field of memory studies as it weaves together issues of mobility and remembering. Drawing on fine-grained ethnographical cases, it offers a rich and complex portrait of mnemonic constructions in the context of forced migration, exile and transnationalism. It is clearly a must-read for anthropologists, sociologists, historians and political scientists as well as for all scholars interested in the contemporary dynamics of memory, identity and mobility.” (David Berliner, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

“This thought-provoking volume disentangles, ethnographically, the complexity of meaning-making practices of memory/forgetting in various contexts of (im)mobility. By doing so, it brings into scholarly dialogue, in a very productive and engaging way, two virtually disconnected fields of study.” (Noel B. Salazar, University of Leuven, Belgium)