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Pamila Gupta

Introduction As the ritual articulations of myths, commemorations play an important part in creating a usable national history. 1 Goa may be a minor pimple but it is a pimple that disfigures

in The relic state
David Hesse

6 Our Scottish past: commemorations The pipers and athletes examined in the previous two chapters do not imitate the past. While it is important to most of them that the musical, athletic, and sartorial traditions they engage with are ‘old’ and solidly rooted in history, they do not attempt to reproduce that history. They perform in what they hope is an ancient but living Scottish tradition. Commemorators and historical re-­enactors have a totally different objective. As the next two chapters demonstrate, they seek to recall or even recreate the past in the

in Warrior dreams
Negotiating community
Marianne Holm Pedersen

4 The commemoration of Muharram: negotiating community One snowy afternoon in February 2005, my assistant Hiba and I went to the seventh day of the annual ten-day commemoration of Muharram. The event was being arranged by Umm Ali, who had rented a small mosque for the occasion. If I had not been there before, I would have had difficulties in finding the place. The mosque is located in a former garage in an industrial area and from the outside it looks more like a car repair shop than the setting for a religious event. However, once we entered the courtyard, we

in Iraqi women in Denmark
Edward Legon

Chapter 7 Mis-commemoration after the Restoration S peech and writing were not the only means by which British people articulated memories after the Restoration. Historians have shown that the mnemonic landscapes of the four kingdoms during the reigns of the later Stuarts were also characterised by a culture of annual commemoration. Together with the anniversaries of the Gunpowder Plot and the coronation of Elizabeth I on 5 and 17 November, people were called to remember the execution of Charles I on 30 January and the Restoration of his son on 29 May.1 These

in Revolution remembered
Zahira Araguete-Toribio

This article considers how the reburial and commemoration of the human remains of the Republican defeated during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) is affected by the social, scientific and political context in which the exhumations occur. Focusing on a particular case in the southwestern region of Extremadura, it considers how civil society groups administer reburial acts when a positive identification through DNA typing cannot be attained. In so doing, the article examines how disparate desires and memories come together in collective reburial of partially individuated human remains.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Richard Huzzey and John McAleer

that famous slave chaser is an envelope filled with brown dust in the Public Record Office’. 3 The evanescent existence of this nondescript packet of dust symbolises public engagement with, and commemoration of, the British involvement in this aspect of the transatlantic slave trade. The envelope, and its contents, is a tangible reminder of the role

in The suppression of the Atlantic slave trade
Rémi Korman

Representations of Rwanda have been shaped by the display of bodies and bones at Tutsi genocide memorial sites. This phenomenon is most often only studied from the perspective of moral dimensions. This article aims in contrast to cover the issues related to the treatment of human remains in Rwanda for commemorative purposes from a historical perspective. To this end, it is based on the archives of the commissions in charge of genocide memory in Rwanda, as well as interviews with key memorial actors. This study shows the evolution of memorial practices since 1994 and the hypermateriality of bodies in their use as symbols, as well as their demobilisation for the purposes of reconciliation policies.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
John Wolffe

This article explores evangelical perceptions of the Reformation, with particular reference to the commemoration in 1835 of the tercentenary of the publication of Coverdales English Bible. The first half of the nineteenth century saw a growth in evangelical interest in the Reformation, although historical understanding of the sixteenth century was initially unsophisticated and simplistic equations between past and present were widespread. The 1835 commemoration exposed a tendency to use history as a tool in contemporary controversies between Anglicans and Protestants Dissenters, as well as in the polemics of both against Roman Catholics. It also, however, helped to stimulate the growth of serious scholarly inquiry and publication about the Reformation, notably in the formation (1840) of the Parker Society. The commemorations of the tercentenaries of the accession of Elizabeth I (1858) and of the Scottish Reformation (1860) provide concluding vantage points from which to view the development of historical understanding of the Reformation during the preceding quarter century.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Scott Soo

6 Mobilisation, commemoration and return, 1944–55 In the département of the Lot stands a tree with an inscription carved into its trunk: ‘MAQUIS DE LA RÉSISTANCE DE LIBERTÉ’. This nonofficial monument was created by Spanish refugee maquisards from the ‘Liberté’ group as they passed through the area following the battle of Larnagol.1 Further west, in Bordeaux, another trace can be found in the form of a plaque that was unveiled in the post-Liberation period in memory of Pablo Sanchez, ‘shot by German troops on 27 August 1944’. These memorials – one rural, the

in The routes to exile