Margaret Comer gives a paper in the first Annual Post-Socialist and Comparative Memory Studies (PoSoCoMeS, Memory Studies Association Working Group) Conference

Margaret’s presentation, entitled ‘Heritagescapes of Repression: legacies of mass violence in contemporary Russia’, examines the conceptual heritagescapes of four sites related to Soviet repression in Moscow, Russia. She is looking at how victims and perpetrators are portrayed (or not portrayed) at these sites and introducing her theoretical models of ‘grievability’ (inspired by Judith Butler’s theory of the same name) and ‘blameability’. Differing degrees of grievability and blameability at a given site can be plotted against each other on a chart to discern different sites’ manifestations of grief and blame, potentially allowing us to discern patterns in different types’ of sites presentations and their underlying motivations.

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