(Re)Producing the Past Online: Oral History and Social Media–Based Discourse on Cambodian Performing Arts in the Aftermath of Genocide

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


Current expressions of Cambodian classical musical theater are framed in reaction to the 1970s civil war and genocide, through a postcolonial lens, and in praise of an idealized past. With the rise of an online display of audiovisual archives, organizations as well as individuals, in Cambodia and abroad, gained the ability to contribute to the remembrance and preservation of performing arts through the Internet. Such tools facilitate reformulations of the past to support present-day social and political needs. Considering initiatives ranging from web-based data collections to social media sites, this chapter questions the processes and intentionality with which people rely on the online representation of performing arts to actively engage with the past of Cambodia and advocate for today’s representation of cultural identity and capital.


Digital archives Social media sites Cultural identity Post-conflict Postcolonial Cambodia Performing arts 


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  • Stephanie Khoury
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  1. 1.Music DepartmentTufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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