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Our Faithfulness to the PastThe Ethics and Politics of Memory$
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Sue Campbell, Christine M. Koggel, and Rockney Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199376933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376933.001.0001

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Inside the Frame of the Past

Inside the Frame of the Past

Memory, Diversity, and Solidarity

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Our Faithfulness to the Past

Sue Campbell

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses performance theory to advance our understanding of memory activities. Through an extended examination of the position of a white audience member at an indigenous theater performance on the destruction of indigenous cultures, it explores how oppressive political hierarchies position and segregate groups by controlling who can share memory with whom. Campbell’s relational and performative approaches to memory help us understand how dominant representations of the past can be effectively challenged and how, even in culturally and politically diverse communities, expressions of the past can contribute to how that past is made meaningful. Sharing the past has the potential for forming new relationships rather than simply affirming pre-existing ones of oppression and domination, and these can be relationships of political solidarity even when we remain ill at ease with the pasts we are encouraged to reconfigure as our own.

Keywords:   activities of remembering, oppression, performance theory, sharing memory, solidarity

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