Geography, memory and non-representational geographies
Jones, O. (2011) Geography, memory and non-representational geographies. Geography Compass, 5 (12). pp. 875-885. ISSN 1749-8198
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-8198.2011.00459.x
I discuss the presence of memory within geography, particularly in relation to the interweaving non-representational ⁄ peformative ⁄ affective ‘turns’. Memory seems under-considered in these nonrepresentational geographies (nrgs) which focus on the affective performativities of the present and the richness and creative potentials therein. As memory is a fundamental aspect of becoming, the roles it plays in the peformative moment need to be considered. Richness, potential and creativity emerges not simply from the moment per se, but from the legacies of the past carried into the present, not least through memory which underpins imagination, creativity and (productive) affective exchange. Emerging work on geography and memory does show some ‘non-representational’ traits and thus there is a potential for bringing this kind of work more fully into nrg. This is set in wider contexts of geographical approaches to memory, and the notion of ecologies of memories which form of interlinkages between individuals, various social collectives, materialities, texts, and past ⁄ present ⁄ future timespaces.
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