fascinating to study and important to critique. But not only are we walking
through a semantic minefield – national memory, public memory, historical memory, shared memory, social memory, culturalmemory or collective memory – we are using terms that narrow our vision. Too much focus
on what appears to be ‘collective’ means that parts of the past are forgotten.
Much work within memory studies deals with the collective act of
remembering and not with the individual. What might more accurately
be called ‘commemoration studies’ has proliferated around the impact
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