Introduction: Mass Violence and Memory in the Digital Age—Memorialization Unmoored

  • David J. SimonEmail author
  • Eve Monique Zucker
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


This chapter introduces the themes of the edited volume, Mass Violence and Memory in the Digital Age: Memorialization Unmoored. States have long sought to monopolize the narrative-producing functions of memorialization. The advent of new technologies, particularly in the digital realm, have permitted non-state actors to engage in greater and more public participation in memorialization, and thereby in the narrative production function it entails. The chapter offers an overview of the types of ‘unmooring’ of memorialization from state control that have occurred more prominently in recent years, and it explores how the internet, artificial intelligence, and other technologies have altered the dynamics—and ethics—of memorialization. It concludes with a summary of the contributions to the rest of the volume.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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