The Reserve of Forgetting

  • Anita BakshiEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


This chapter documents the opposite phenomena, examining points of divergence and dissonance, where memories are in conflict. My fieldwork shows that at times Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots remembered the same places in radically different ways. I investigate the reasons behind this divergence by exploring the influence of national narratives, official histories, and symbolic representations of place. First describing the influence of these forces on individual memories of place, the chapter then illustrates the potential of place as a ‘reserve of forgetting’—a resource that can be mined to recover memories that have been obscured by these images. This theory is developed as a means of reconceptualizing and filling in the gaps emerging in contemporary readings and experiences of places influenced by official ideologies. While an older generation of shopkeepers were able to access the reserve of forgetting, because they had prior knowledge of the city before its division, a younger generation of Cypriots know this site only through representations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Landscape ArchitectureRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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