Stordalen/Naguib (eds.): The Formative Past and the Formation of the Future

Stordalen/Naguib (eds.): The Formative Past and the Formation of the Future

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 Collective Remembering and Identity Formation

Editors: Terje Stordalen & Saphinaz-Amal Naguib

Recent decades have seen a steady flow of scholarship on collective remembering and formation of shared identities. This volume contributes to this conversation in four ways.

First, it takes part in theoretical discussion on collective remembering by targeting specific theorems and exploring these in analyses of specific, historical source records. Secondly, essays in the volume reflect a rich underlying cross disciplinary discussion, which is certainly required for these complex phenomena. Thirdly, a recurring focus in the collection are instances of collec­tive remembering in religious traditions and settings. Such instances, it is argued, are often “memory savvy” and thus pro­vide interesting case studies. Finally, the volume attempts to understand the dynamics and interplay between past, present, and future in processes of collective remembering and identity formation.


Preface 7

Contributors 11


Time, Media, Space: Perspectives on the Ecology of Collective Remembering
Terje Stordalen & Saphinaz-Amal Naguib 17

Remembering and Time

Impact and Resonance – Towards a Theory of Emotions in Cultural Memory
Aleida Assmann 41

Transformative Pasts, Transformations of the Future, and the Question of the Present
Helge Jordheim 71

From Christian Eschatology to Modern Utopia: On the Exhaustion of Utopian Energy
Otto Krogseth 93

Remembering and Media

Tradition, Writing, and Canonisation: Structural Changes of Cultural Memory
Jan Assmann 115

Canon and Canonical Commentary: Comparative Perspectives on Canonical Ecologies
Terje Stordalen 133

Viewing the World through National Narratives: The Case of Russian Narrative Templates
James V. Wertsch 161

Remembering Jerusalem in Medieval Scandinavia
Kristin B. Aavitsland 175

The Legitimate Heir: The Translation of the Temple in Twelfth-Century Rome
Eivor Oftestad 197

Remembering and Space

The Articulation of Cultural Memory and Heritage in Plural Societies
Saphinaz-Amal Naguib 221

Non-Formative and Transformative Memories in the Constantinian Reconstruction of Jerusalem
Marina Prusac 247

The Lead Books of Granada: Hybridity and Cultural Memory
Ragnhild Johnsrud Zorgati 277


The Trail of Roses: Time, Media, and Space in Memory Practices in Oslo after 22 July 2011
Terje Stordalen 315

Joint Bibliography 345

Index 377

List of illustrations 382

Institute for Comparative Research in Human Culture (IFSK), Series B: 150

ISBN 978-82-7099-808-1, 382 pp., hardcover
Format: 17x24 cm, weight 1 kg, year of publication 2015, language: English

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