Tagged: memory culture

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Slippery Historical Sources: Social Media, Holocaust Memory and Instagram

Instagram has approximately 13,400 photos under the hashtag “#holocaustmuseum”. This might seem arbitrary, but most of these images are the subject of my historical research. Professionally, I have labelled myself in several ways – as a public historian, a Holocaust scholar, and as a historian of social media. All of...

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Reading Cemeteries

In the postmodern world, one dies alone – away from the eyes of society at large. The emergence of ‘memory cultures’ seems to have marked the end of historically shaped ‘grief cultures’. Burial traditions have taken on new forms that reflect contemporary attitudes, needs and fears. However, in earlier times, dying represented an...