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I am so grateful to Julie Mehretu for granting permission to display her stunning painting on the cover of the Critical Memory Studies volume: Conjured Parts (eye), Ferguson, 2016, Ink and acrylic on canvas, 84 × 96 in. (213.4 × 243.8 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery Copyright: Julie Mehretu, 
Photo credit: Cathy Carver 

Critical Memory Studies

This volume brings together a diverse, multidisciplinary, group of thinkers, writers, artists, activists, and others to consider together how and why memory matters. Most of the contributions appear here for the first time. This anthology opens up memory studies to the larger global network. While no volume, no matter how comprehensive, can cover every aspect of a field as expansive as memory studies, and no volume, no matter how thick, can represent every part of the world, or every kind of writer, I am delighted that the contributors whose work you’ll read in this volume hail from, India, Belgium, Australia, England, the United States, France, Israel-Palestine, Canada, Russia, and other locations. Memory studies, as a discipline, emerged in Europe but now has spread to so many other parts of the world and is a truly global network of engaged thinkers, creative writers, artists, dancers, and others. 

Vandervelde Downs  (novel under construction) 

Vandervelde Downs, a literary novel, explores what happens when multiple strands of refugeeism and migration come together with looted art. 

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