Preview Buy Chapter … Neil Jarman's (2001: 171-95) account of the Irish in Belfast epitomizes so graphically the consequences of a people so trapped in their past, so embroiled in reliving their contentious and bloody history that they are unable to free themselves from the constraints of such conflict-prone history. The inheritance of collective memory mainly refers to the preservation and continuation of collective memory in the time dimension, so that the existing members of the group maintain strong emotions, and promote the new generation members of the group obtaining information and collective memory. Simulation (190bpm) 8. Were local groups, in other words, merely passive recipients in such instances of struggle for power and control over lived space? Together these defining elements continue to be vital in informing the way Beirut, and its central square in particular, could continue to serve as a vibrant and transcending public sphere amenable for collective mobilization and for forging a hybrid popular culture for tolerance and peaceful co-existence. Harper & Row, 1980 - Memory - 186 pages. Third, its role in hosting and disseminating popular culture, consumerism, mass entertainment and often, nefarious touristic attractions. The street becomes a locus of collective memory. In many respects Beirut remains today more a "mosaic" of distinct urban communities than "melting pots" of amorphous urban masses. Incidentally, we are not only talking about tourism in its ordinary or conventional form. From these and other such instances, it is clear how essential to stable political life; indeed to the well-being of individual life as well, is a certain measure of amnesia or social forgetfulness. Such polarization and ideal typologies, much like the earlier misplaced dichotomies between the sacred/secular, traditional/modern, mechanical/organic, are not a reflection of what is in fact grounded in the real world (see Short,  2001: 7-20 for further elaboration). Public space, collective memory and intercultural dialogue in a (UK) city of culture. Another compelling reality, with substantial implications for the envisioned role the Bourj can play in providing venues and outlets for forging the desired collective and spatial identities, has much to do with the process of postwar reconstruction. Manifestations of such fluidity and hybridity have become more pronounced today. For a variety of reasons, such perceptions were not consistent with the concrete spatial realities. In fact, the most definitive symptoms of urbanization — rural exodus and the spill of the population beyond its medieval walls — did not really appear in any substantial form until the 1860's. They become no more than surrogate victims of other warring and belligerent groups. In general, it is hard to go more … Otherwise, the memory of the war, like the harrowing events themselves, might well be trivialized and forgotten and, hence more likely to be repeated. collective memory of these groups is based on spatial images. No wonder that during the 1930s the neighborhoods of Beirut were periodically "the scene of violent clashes between Christian and Muslim gangs, one side brandishing the banner of Lebanism, the other of Arabism" (Salibi, 1988: 180). Deliberate demotion of built fabric in an attempt to erase the collective memory of society will be examined. This collective memory is unified by their common belief in religion, and by extension, the ability to eradicate the crippling power of violent memories through prayer. The building boom of the 1950s and 1960s, with its manifestations of mixed and intensive land-use patterns and vertical expansion, was largely a by-product of such forces. Spontaneous and self-propelled, the uprising — largely because it could exploit the commanding setting of Beirut's historic center — displayed so much daring and inventiveness that it evolved into a formidable public sphere. It constitutes a shared mental model making it possible to link the memories of individuals across time and space”, emphasizes Gagnepain. Therein lies the art of forgetting — art as opposed to ailment, choice rather than compulsion or obligation. Collective memory specifies the temporal parameters of past and future, where we came from and where … Or will it be a celebratory monument to revel and bask in the glories of past heroic events? publicspace@cccb.org. The needs of They cross over with greater ease. The "Lebanism" of the Christians was pitted against the "Arabism" of the Sunni Muslims with reverberations among the Shiites and Druze of the hinterland. They are embroiled with the testy issues of collective memory, space and national identity. Remembering, as well as forgetting, becomes a social and highly politicized process.A point of departure for this thesis is the city of Sofia, Bulgaria. The envisioned "Archeological Trail," the "Garden of Forgiveness" under construction, some of the distinct architectural icons or edifices can easily play such a role since they all embody elements of cultural pluralism, tolerance, hybridity and peaceful co-existence. Halbwachs further developed the Durkheimian concept of maintenance of effervescence during periods of group isolation and social calm. Thus far the byproducts have been vast in their immediate consequences and promise to be more consequential in their anticipated future reverberations. It is hoped that these introductory considerations, conceptual and otherwise, will serve as a meaningful context to situate and inform the "story" I wish to narrate about the Bourj's historical transformation and the role it is envisaged to play at this critical juncture in Lebanon's history. Both, however, could be disabling as the Lebanese are now considering less belligerent strategies for peaceful coexistence. It obviates their guilt and, hence, their direct responsibility for partaking in the horrors. Indeed, some of the implements (mainly stone artifacts) which continue to be unearthed on site, may be traced back to the Lower Paleolithic, roughly two or three million years old. The threatening effacement of dilapidated vestiges of the past falling prey to early 'clean slate' ideologies ironically produced a public sphere pregnant with divergent versions and visions for past and future of city and country. The cactus-lined alleys were soon converted to macadamized streets. Such selective retention certainly implies that some of the more redemptive and beneficent elements of that past are not celebrated on commemorated with the same passionate intensity. At least two new types are becoming salient recently: health or medical tourism and war tourism enticed by the curiosity of travelers to behold sites of the ravages of war and how they are being reconstructed. Instead, he argues that they are usually "constructed in relation to much specific, smaller, historical, social and spatial contexts." In a lecture on the 15th November, Associate Professor Tatjana Louis argued that there are multiple… Collective Memory and the Transfeminist 1970s: Toward a Less Plausible History. This is, however, the first time that the process has incited such a contested and public debate regarding the rehabilitation scheme itself and its impact on the envisioned or projected public image of Beirut. The sense of place individuals and people as a whole have is both a biological … Collective memory is of more than passing academic interest. Indeed, to many of its articulate historians, philosophers and writers, who often evoke these natural gifts with high and emotive hyperbole, much of their country's accomplishments are seen as an outgrowth of such seemingly dissonant attributes. By 1830 the population was still in the neighborhood of 8000. A daily stroll always carries with it the visceral sensation of surprise and the prospects of levitating, as it were, into another world. We are, of course, concerned here with the implications such unresolved socio-cultural and political realities have on the spatial and architectural heritage of Beirut and its central square. Another mode of retreat or escape from the ugly memories of the war and the drabness or anxieties of the postwar era is the proliferation of kitsch. Physical and social space, in other words, were almost identical. Danton is very explicit in this regard. The City of Collective Memory describes a series of different visual and mental models by which the urban environment has been recognized, depicted, and planned. On the other, there were the urban communities of Beirut and other coastal cities, mainly Sunni Muslim but with Orthodox and other Christian elements, and with a different idea: that of a trading community open to the world, and serving as a point of transit and exchange, and therefore a community where populations mingled and coexisted peacefully; of a society which needed government and law, but preferred a weak government to which the leaders of its constituent groups had access and which they could control (, Lebanon the mountain of refuge and Lebanon the meeting place, rooted in its own traditions but open to the world, with bilingualism or trilingualism as a necessity of its life; possessing stable institutions which correspond with its deep realities, an assembly in which the spokesmen of the various communities can meet and talk together, tolerant laws, no political domination of one group by another, but kind of spiritual domination of those who think of Lebanon as part of the Mediterranean world (, The ancient commercial craft of the Phoenicians is still very evident …perhaps it will prevail more modern counsels, or be more effectively supplemented by expert foreign advice. Paul Connerton (1989) likewise argues that it is collective memory — i.e., commonly shared images of the past — which legitimate a present social order. The annexation of the coast and the Biqa' also ushered in an unsettling variety of political cultures and disparate ideologies. Both these traditions, as we shall see, have been quite salient in Beirut. Bernadette Roca is currently pursuing a Master of Information degree at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. Social collective memory is implicit, heterogenous, and bottom-up oriented, whereas cultural and political collective memory is … The Collective Memory. Halbwachs stated that every collective memory depends upon specific groups that are delineated by space and time; the group constructs the memory and the individuals do the work of remembering. More explicitly they inform the entangled discourse regarding the connection between objects, memory and forgetting. It also creates a bond between the people of that society. It has enhanced, in appreciable ways, their spatial sensibilities and public concern for safeguarding the well-being of their living habitat. Quite often global franchises (i.e., McDonald, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts etc…) "go native" — so-to-speak— by appropriating local elements such as valet parking and other semiotic images of the vernacular to enhance the appeals of their products and services. Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, 5-7 June 2005 Observing Beirut in the throes of reconstruction is a bewitching, often beguiling, experience; both existentially and conceptually. A central focus of collective memory is the memories shared by nations or large groups of people of significant events in the history of the group as a whole. A reading by Ola ... An archive belonging to a demographic in a particular time and space, and recorded by the length of our histories and imaginations. ... Contested Space, and Feminist Activism (2007) and editor of Transfeminist Perspective in and beyond Transgender and Gender Studies (2012). All description of Beirut prior to the 1860's attests to this. Without an opportunity to forget there can never be a chance for harmony and genuine co-existence. These are not new to Beirut. One becomes aware of how disembedded groups and communities are recreating and re-inventing their familiar daily rhythms and the city's social fabric. : xi). Collective memory is what gives a society is goals that they must seek in the future. 84 The Space of Remembering: Collective Memory and the Reconfiguration of Contested Space in In recent years, ESMA has encountered a «profound resignification» not only in public space but also within the continuously negotiated Argentina’s ESMA - Emily E. Parsons 452ºF. Hence, any understanding of this distinctive feature requires an elucidation of the timeless interplay between the accidents of its pregiven geographic and ecological endowments, namely the sea and its mountainous hinterland. Common as these questions might seem, they have invited little agreement among scholars. This nostalgic longing, among a growing segment of disenchanted intellectuals, is a form of resistance or refusal to partake in the process of debasement of aesthetic standards or the erosion of bona fide and veritable items of cultural heritage. Generations of Lebanese, either directly or vicariously, are still old enough to remember those years. Urban construction leaped beyond the medieval walls of the city to accommodate the persistent inflow of rural migrants into Beirut. This is taken to imply that if and when it ceases to display such alteration, when it becomes fixed to particular objects or local artifacts, then it is destined to decay and may well suffer oblivion. How much and what of the past needs to be retained or restored? Fragoulaki, Maria 2020. Sandstone blocks, quarried in the area, were the predominant construction form. Cities are indeed transformed in the course of history. What he termed "remedial oblivion" was a common strategy of 17th century statecraft (Lowenthal,  2001: xi). He goes on to suggest that. Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona , 5-7 June 2005, On the one hand, there was the idea of Mount Lebanon: a society rural, homogeneous, embodied in an institution, the Maronite church, with a self-image…and with a vision of an independent and predominantly Christian political community. This was particularly visible in the opening up and receptivity of seemingly local and provincial groups and neighborhoods to novel and mixed life styles and mannerisms. The Accord is often heralded as an innovative and remarkable pact marking the threshold of a new republic. By fulfilling this universal need to forget, which to Forty is essential for sustaining normal and healthy life, groups normally resort to or take shelter in two rather familiar and well-tried strategies. What Barber is, of course, implying here is that if the memories of the war and its atrocities are kept alive, they will continue to reawaken fear and paranoia, particularly among those embittered by it. During the height of civil disturbances and in the short span of only two months (August-September 1860), an Anglo-Saxon committee of local missionaries gave aid to more than 20,000 refuges in Beirut (Jessup,  1910: 251). Unfortunately, many of these events, such as wars, terrorist attacks or genocide, have negative connotations. The memory of collective trauma can be adaptive as it … As the country was preparing itself to commemorate the 30th anniversary of its misbegotten civil war on April 14, a score of voluntary associations were declaring their birth and pronouncing their envisaged programs and strategies for healing, reconciliation and enhancing national consciousness through voluntary and cross-communal work-camps and social welfare projects which cuts across and transcends sectarian and local attachments. Since Beirut as capital and imposing port city was subjected to successive planning schemes, the construction of monumental edifices, thoroughfares and public squares, it is instructive to re-examine how such attempts were perceived and implemented. By the time registration ended on July 31, some 420 applicants (from sixty five countries) had submitted proposals for the competition. This ongoing project creates a constantly evolving … Collective Memory: Selected full-text books and articles. Space and the collective memory . Converter (165bpm) 2. The winning projects, including by the way of special category for students; will be announced on May 6, 2005, National Martyrs' Day. By the early 1970s Beirut's annual rate of growth was estimated at four percent, which implied that the city was bound to double in less than twenty years. Tel. In an increasingly globalized world… there is an exacerbation of civilizational, societal and ethnic self-consciousness. It behooves us to explore how they are being played out in Beirut's postwar setting. “Collective memory” is a term that appears frequently in the media and everyday conversation. Thucydides Homericus and the episode of Mykalessus (Th. The setting in postwar Europe is very instructive in this regard. It was a partial covenant. Expressed more concretely, the Lebanese are certainly becoming more interconnected at all three levels; globally, regionally of locally. Beirut is also envisioned as a tempting hub for services, communication network, mass popular entertainment and faddish consumerism. All these and earlier such movements, however, were limited in scale. The experience of Beirut, particularly its central square and contiguous urban spaces, become instructive in conceptual and comparative terms. We often associate dramatic iconoclastic reactions, the deliberate acts of destruction of national symbols, with efforts to mark or celebrate moments of transition from one political era or regime to another. PY - 2016. Writing to the Secretary of State, on August 19, 1947, Lowell Pinkerton of the U.S. Legation had this to say: Chiha himself, incidentally, was fully aware that his vision was far from an exemplar of stability and harmony. Turner, Andrew B. It is then that some of the early symptoms of cosmopolitanism, marked by elements of sophistication and savoir faire in public life, started to surface. These remembrances provide the foundation for collective memory… Beirut's population leaped from 22,000 in 1857 to 70,000 in 1863, an annual increase of almost 10,000. It is the collective memory of slavery that defines an individual as a “race member,” as Maya Angelou (1976) puts it. Urban Space and Collective Memory: Analysing the Various Dimensions of the Production of Memory By Belanger, Anouk Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Vol. To reinforce his plea in favor of forgetting as a merciful as well as a mandatory art, Lowenthal makes a distinction between individual and collective forgetting. It could well serve, as Bryan Turner has argued, a redemptive form of heightened sensitivity, sympathetic awareness of human problems and, hence, it could be "ethically uplifting" (Turner,  1987: 149). The existing work in the field … The relentless succession of dynasties and civilizations which left their indelible legacies on this site is truly bewildering. In the decade after Franco’s military victory of 1939, the dictatorship’s objective was to institutionalise the victory by securing control over the defeated: … He writes, intuitively, that "memory is a sort of anti-museum: it is not localizable." A collective memory can appear concerning a family, a group or universe. Impotent as the country might seem at the moment to neutralize or ward off such external pressures, there are measures and programs already proved effective elsewhere, which can be experimented with to fortify Lebanon's immunity against the disruptive consequences of such destabilizing forces. Critics of Solidere's massive rehabilitation scheme of down-town Beirut continue to decry and berate how much of the city's distinctive archeological heritage was needlessly destroyed in the process of reconstruction. Jungle (178bpm) 6. It always heightens one's visual and aesthetic sensibilities. Incidentally, it is these "New Phoenician" voices which captured the attention of the American Legation offices in Beirut at the time; particularly those of Chiha, Gabriel Menassa, Alfred Kettaneh, and their extended network of family circles and close associates of the commercial and political elite. As a result it leads … Two are particularly poignant and of relevance to the concerns of this essay: First the salient symptoms of "retribalization" apparent in reawakened communal identities and the urge to seek shelter in cloistered spatial communities. These, clearly, are not merely rhetorical and benign concerns. There was not, it must be noted, any perceptible increase in the population during the next six decades. On Collective Memory, Central Space and National Identity Conference lectured at the symposium "Beirut: Civil Pleasures, Civil Wars". With many of these digital spaces becoming incubators for the emerging “participatory culture” (where former consumers become part of the production of culture) the ability to question who contributes to collective memory … As such the task of representing or incorporating such inglorious events into Beirut's and the country's collective identity becomes, understandably, much more problematic. The memorial is a special precinct, extruded from life, a segregated enclave where we honor the dead. But once the unrest subsides, internal cleavages and segmental loyalties resurface. Some of the disheartening consequences of unfinished wars are legion. Preview Buy Chapter 25,95 € Football and the European Collective Memory in Britain: The Case of the 1960 European Cup Final. He invokes one of the basic premises of Hobbes who, he reminds us, treated forgetting as the basis of a just state and amnesia as the "cornerstone of the social conduct." Within this context, issues of collective memory, contested space and efforts to forge new cultural identities, begin to assume critical dimensions. By Molly Turner Collective Memory Three years after the signing of the Peace Agreement with the FARC, Colombia is grappling with the question of how to remember the 50 year armed conflict, and how to honour victims of it. The formation of national memory depends to a large extent on a nation’s success in constructing multiple commemorative forms: symbols, ceremonies and celebrations, museums and monuments, tradition, and cultural texts that provide symbolic arenas for narrating the nation. Here again this nostalgic impulse is beginning to assume some redemptive and engaging expressions. Narrating the Collective: Memory, Power, and Archival Space By: Bernadette Roca b.roca@utoronto.ca . 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