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Responsibility for justice in action: commemoration, affect and politics at <i>Il Memoriale della Shoah</i> in Milan

Milani, Tommaso M.; Richardson, John E.

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Authors

Tommaso M. Milani

John E. Richardson



Abstract

In this article, we analyse Il Memoriale della Shoah, the memorial of the victims of the Shoah in Milan, which was inaugurated in 2013 and, in 2015, was turned into a night shelter for destitute migrants. To understand the rhetoric and politics of the Memorial, we bring together the notions of affective practices, découpages du temps (lit. slices of time) and multidirectional memory. This analytic approach allows us to examine the nonlinear shape of remembering, the dialectic relationships between the spatialisation of time and the temporalisation of space, the ways in which emotions are brought into being semiotically in context, and the ethical questions that these feelings raise. Through detailed multimodal and affective analysis of the affordances of the built environment and its soundscape, the curation of the Memorial, the contextualisation of three guided tours (two online and one in situ) and politicised commentary on the Memorial’s decision to shelter refugees, our paper illustrates the multi-layered character of the relationship between space and time – one in which the past, the present and the future partly overlap and mobilise political action.

Citation

Milani, T. M., & Richardson, J. E. (2022). Responsibility for justice in action: commemoration, affect and politics at Il Memoriale della Shoah in Milan. Critical Discourse Studies, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2022.2092164

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 16, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 4, 2022
Publication Date Jul 4, 2022
Publicly Available Date May 30, 2023
Journal Critical Discourse Studies
Print ISSN 1740-5904
Publisher Routledge
Pages 1-20
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2022.2092164
Keywords Critical Discourse Studies; commemoration; Shoah; affect; decoupages du temps; multidirectional memory
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17405904.2022.2092164

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