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Re-branding the trauma of slavery, or how to pacify the masses with sites of memory [blog post]

Otele, O (2015) Re-branding the trauma of slavery, or how to pacify the masses with sites of memory [blog post]. Discover Society, 21.

Abstract

Finding new ways to involve the population in memorial projects was at the heart of the Understanding Slavery Initiative. Commemorating that history was achieved through the re-branding of sites of memory in 2007 for the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade. The aim was to present a narrative deemed acceptable to a greater number of people. However, inconsistencies in the discourse highlighted how difficult it was to represent a past that is traumatic for part of the population. It even transpired that sites of memory dedicated to transatlantic slavery have become tools to evade delving into contemporary issues such as the changing features of European identities and questions about discrimination and cultural diversity.

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Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 17:17
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:27
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/7211
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