Introduction: Memory Frictions—Conflict–Negotiation–Politics in Contemporary Literature in English

  • María Jesús Martínez-AlfaroEmail author
  • Silvia Pellicer-Ortín


The volume editors address the origins and evolution of the contemporary preoccupation with memory within the fields of trauma and memory studies to date, when a “memory boom” has made memory a central concern in culture and politics in all societies at a global scale. Important contributing factors to this boom are pointed out together with many of its various effects and the key frictions areas that will be examined in the volume. A brief outline of all the contributions is also provided, highlighting the common aspects across the twelve main chapters as well as the novelty they imply when looking at the de- and re-construction of memory in the public sphere. Finally, some future lines of research are hinted at, and the main challenges for the future of memory studies are discussed.


Memory boom Politics Negotiation Conflict Commemoration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Silvia Pellicer-Ortín
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain

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