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David Calder

Street theatre and the production of postindustrial space explores how street theatre transforms industrial space into postindustrial space. Deindustrializing communities have increasingly turned to cultural projects to commemorate industrial heritage while simultaneously generating surplus value and jobs in a changing economy. Through analysis of French street theatre companies working out of converted industrial sites, this book reveals how theatre and performance more generally participate in and make historical sense of ongoing urban and economic change. The book argues, firstly, that deindustrialization and redevelopment rely on the spatial and temporal logics of theatre and performance. Redevelopment requires theatrical events and performative acts that revise, resituate, and re-embody particular pasts. The book proposes working memory as a central metaphor for these processes. The book argues, secondly, that in contemporary France street theatre has emerged as working memory's privileged artistic form. If the transition from industrial to postindustrial space relies on theatrical logics, those logics will manifest differently depending on geographic context. The book links the proliferation of street theatre in France since the 1970s to the crisis in Fordist-Taylorist modernity. How have street theatre companies converted spaces of manufacturing into spaces of theatrical production? How do these companies (with municipal governments and developers) connect their work to the work that occurred in these spaces in the past? How do those connections manifest in theatrical events, and how do such events give shape and meaning to redevelopment? Street theatre’s function is both economic and historiographic. It makes the past intelligible as past and useful to the present.

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When the Music Stops

Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order

Stephen Hopgood

disillusioned with the truncated horizons of the New Left and resigned to the triumph, for a generation or two, of welfare capitalism ( Meiksins Wood, 1995 ). Before this, global humanitarianism had been a largely religious exercise, an extension of Christian ministry ( Barnett, 2011 ), while human rights barely registered on the world stage ( Moyn, 2010 ). From the 1970s on, the humanist international became a place where disillusioned rebels could continue to work, albeit in a new idiom, for those who suffered. They ceased working to any great extent on their

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Introduction

Working memory

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David Calder

Introduction: working memory Sauver l’usine, c’est sauver la mémoire ouvrière de ce quartier, se rappeler que ce quartier est un quartier ouvrier, que ce n’est pas rien, que les ouvriers existent, sont encore là, même si on voudrait parfois nous faire croire qu’ils ont disparu. […] Quoi faire de cette histoire pour ceux qui sont là, aujourd’hui, que cela leur serve, qu’ils puissent s’appuyer dessus? To save the factory is to save the working-class memory of this neighbourhood, to recall that this neighbourhood is a working-class neighbourhood, that it isn

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Remembering to forget

Northern Irish fiction after the Troubles

Neal Alexander

memorial to the dead: She imagined a room, a perfectly square room. Three of its walls, unbroken by windows, would be covered by neat rows of names, over three thousand of them; and the fourth wall would be nothing but a window. The whole structure would be built where the horizon was low, the sky huge. It would be a place which afforded dignity to memory, where you could bring your anger, as well as your grief.6 Cate’s imagined memorial combines the functions of remembrance and catharsis, providing a space for the working out of anger, pain and conflict rather than

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Excavation

The imaginary archaeology of redevelopment

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David Calder

observe how a theatre company engages with a working-class, industrial neighbourhood immediately before and during redevelopment. PlayRec and SPP restage the excavation of the industrial past. Archaeologists recognize excavation as both destructive and creative. Anxiety about the destructive nature of archaeological work pervaded the field’s scholarly discourse throughout the twentieth century. 100 Working memories Archaeologist Gavin Lucas identifies ‘a critical paradox of intrusive fieldwork, that in order to understand something, we have to destroy that very

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Travelling genealogies

Tracing relatedness and diversity in the Albanian–Montenegrin borderland

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Jelena Tošić

. Benhabib, Seyla (2002) The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Blumi, Isa (2003) ‘Contesting the edges of the Ottoman Empire: rethinking ethnic and sectarian boundaries in the Malësore 1878–1912’, International Journal for Middle East Studies, 35: 237–256. Bougarel Xavier, Elissa Helms and Ger Duijzings (eds) (2007) The New Bosnian Mosaic: Identities, Memories and Moral Claims in a Post-War Society. London: Ashgate. Bushati, Hamdi (1998) Shkodra dhe Motet: Traditë, Ngjarje, Njerëz (Velimi I) [Shkodra and

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Introduction

Memory and popular film

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Paul Grainge

fundamental cultural gist – ‘you must remember this . . .’ Notes 1 Susannah Radstone, ‘Working With Memory: An Introduction’, in Susannah Radstone (ed.) Memory and Methodology (Oxford: Berg, 2000), pp. 1–22. 2 Popular Memory Group, ‘Popular Memory: Theory

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Prosthetic memory

The ethics and politics of memory in an age of mass culture

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Alison Landsberg

Memory is not commonly imagined as a site of possibility for progressive politics. More often, memory, particularly in the form of nostalgia, is condemned for its solipsistic nature, for its tendency to draw people into the past instead of the present. This is the case, for example, in Kathryn Bigelow’s 1995 film Strange Days , in which the use of memory – usually another

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Ross McKibbin

Class cultures, the trade unions and the Labour Party

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John Callaghan

, contributed ‘nothing’ to wealth production. Pilfering was ‘intrinsic to factory culture’ and seen as legitimate. Long memories of real or imagined grievances hung over ‘many industries’. Though a sense of historical grievance underpinned the Labour Party itself, grievances did not always translate into a political affirmation of working-class interests. The working class was accustomed to being talked down to. Though sports’ mad, it allowed almost all sporting bodies to be run by a self-selecting, allmale, upper and upper-middle-class clique (cricket, racing, rugby union

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Jenny Edkins

memory and the future 95 5 1 Memory and the future Imaginations of socially just futures for humans usually take the idea of single, homogenous, secure historical time for granted. – Dipesh Chakrabarty2 Studies of processes and practices of memory explore how people respond to events in the past: how they remember, forget, account for, forgive, memorialise, or commemorate what has happened, and, often, how the way in which they do so produces, reproduces or challenges certain forms of politics or certain specific political structures and systems located in