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Discourses of collective remembering: contestation, politics, affect

Richardson, John E.


John E. Richardson


This article introduces the key issues and themes that the articles in the Special Issue aim to apply and develop in greater detail. First, we argue that the field of collective remembering can be conceived as a site of active contestation, rather than simply a means of communicating a historic past or our deontic position in relation to these pasts. Approaching collective remembering as a Lieu de Dispute allows us, in turn, to foreground three consequential dimensions of remembrance, which the articles in the issue examine in different ways: that collective remembering is an interpersonal, political and affective practice. This introduction discusses these three dimensions to collective remembering in greater detail, before outlining the remaining contents of the Special Issue.


Richardson, J. E., & Milani, T. M. (2022). Discourses of collective remembering: contestation, politics, affect. Critical Discourse Studies, 1-18.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 14, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 11, 2022
Publication Date Jul 11, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 12, 2024
Journal Critical Discourse Studies
Print ISSN 1740-5904
Publisher Routledge
Pages 1-18
Keywords General Social Sciences
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