The concept of “memory activism”

Na međunarodnoj radionici “Who is an Activist? Biographical and Transformative Effects of Protest”, koja se održava 13.VI.2018. na Fakultetu političkih znanosti u Zagrebu, Jovana Mihajlović Trbovc ima izlaganje “Memory Activism as a Form of Activist Citizenship”, stoga u nastavku upućujemo na literaturu o konceptu aktivizma sjećanja.



Who is an Activist? Biographical and Transformative Effects of Protest

June 13, 2018

Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb



Znanstveni skup o biografskim aspektima aktivizma



Yifat Gutman


Memory Activism

Reimagining the Past for the Future in Israel-Palestine


Vanderbilt UP, 2017


In my new book, Memory Activism: Reimagining the Past for the Future In Israel-Palestine (Vanderbilt UP, 2017), I examine how collective memories of a contested past can be used as a weapon of the weak for political change. The book presents and conceptualizes a surge in memories of a difficult past among civil society and grassroots groups around the world in the last two decades, which I term “memory activism.” I define memory activism as the strategic commemoration of contested pasts outside state channels for the purpose of influencing public debate and political discourse. This new transnational phenomenon bridges cultural memory studies and social movement research and entails a reexamination of the relationships between culture and the political. In what follows I briefly present my research and elaborate on the concept of memory activism in relation to cultural memory theory.