Between Moral Activism and Archival Memory: the Testimonial Project of ‘Breaking the Silence’

Tamar Katriel, Nimrod Shavit

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Viewing public memory as a cultural field of struggle over meanings and values, we address the question of how oppositional voices can insert themselves into an institutionally controlled conversation about a nation’s past and thereby reshape its memory-scapes. In particular, we are interested in two themes: (1) the interplay of ‘archival memory’ as a depository of knowledge about the past and its enactment as lived or usable memory in the immediate or distant future; (2) the role played by personal memories in renegotiating public memory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
EditorsMotti Neiger, Eyal Zandberg, Oren Meyers
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780230307070
ISBN (Print)9780230275683
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
ISSN (Print)2634-6257
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6265

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011, Tamar Katriel and Nimrod Shavit.


  • Cover Page
  • Israeli Society
  • Palestinian Territory
  • Personal Memory
  • Public Debate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language


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