Engaging Hashima: memory work, site-based affects, and the possibilities of interruption

Dixon, D. , Pendleton, M. and Fearnley, C. (2016) Engaging Hashima: memory work, site-based affects, and the possibilities of interruption. GeoHumanities, 2(1), pp. 167-187. (doi: 10.1080/2373566X.2016.1168208)

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How is memory embodied, narrated, interrupted, and reworked? Here, we take a postphenomenological approach to memory work that is attentive to how site-based affects prompt and ossify, but also transmogrify, memory of place. With reference to an intensely traumatized, but also domesticated and entropied, environment—the island of Hashima, off the coast from Nagasaki City in Japan—we demonstrate the relevance and explanatory reach of culturally specific accounts of memory, time, and place; how an attentiveness to cultural context in the making of meaning helps mark out the epistemological violences that accrue around sites such as Hashima as objects of analysis in and of themselves; and the affective capacities of the materialities and forces that compose such sites, which can present a welter of surfaces and interiorities that are sensuously “felt” as memory.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dixon, Professor Deborah
Authors: Dixon, D., Pendleton, M., and Fearnley, C.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences > Geography
Journal Name:GeoHumanities
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):2373-5678
Published Online:23 May 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in GeoHumanities 2(1):167-187
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
623221The Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima IslandDeborah DixonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/K005308/1SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHICAL & EARTH SCIENCES