Emily Keightley

Emily Keightley
Loughborough University | Lough · Department of Social Sciences

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Beginning in 2020, the Crosscurrents section of this journal featured 10 provocative essays on the theme of “Encounters in Western Media Theory.” These essays stemmed from scholars’ engagements with various canonical texts in media, cultural, and communication studies that took the Anglophone Global North as a taken-for-granted site for making swee...
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This article sets out some of the analytical moves that are necessary to developing a distinctive area of research called postcolonial memory studies. A key barrier to synthesising insights from postcolonial and memory studies has been a reductive approach to analogue and digital technologies which operate as vehicles for memory. Three analytical m...
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This article responds to an absence of memory studies research methodologies for exploring embodied memories, including its form and content, the lived practices it involves, and its embeddedness in wider socio-political discourses. While conceptualisations of embodiment are central in the field of memory studies, its methodological consequences re...
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A nostalgia tem sido vista como o oposto conceitual do progresso, contra o qual é vista negativamente como reacionária, sentimental ou melancólica. Foi visto como um recuo derrotista do presente e evidência de perda de fé no futuro. A nostalgia é certamente uma resposta à experiência de perda endêmica na modernidade e na modernidade tardia, mas os...
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This introductory chapter reviews the efforts already made to investigate the interfaces between social movements, cultural memory and digital media. Its first section discusses those studies that have previously examined the relations between social movements and cultural memory. A second section reviews the growing body of literature that address...
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The temporal affordances of contemporary social result in an “intermediate time” (Keightley, Time, media and modernity. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2012) in which the various temporalities of media do not determine temporal experience, but are instead fundamental elements of its composition. This chapter consider how zones of intermediacy are...
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The turn towards transnational memory has largely focused on particular sites and modes of remembering, focusing on the creation of memories between and beyond nation-states in institutional politics, the media, migration and to a lesser degree social movements. Despite its significance for encountering other people’s past, international tourism re...
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The chapter advances interscalarity as a methodological principle for memory studies to help overcome thinking in terms of binaries when we consider memory and remembering processes in the individual-collective continuum. The interactions of individual memory, selfhood, belonging and civic participation operate via the macro-level of a broader cult...
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Keightley and Pickering make a crucial intervention in debates about individual and collective memory by providing an account of what is involved in the changes the human subject undergoes across the vicissitudes of time, and by exploring the complex relations between a subject’s sense of self-identity at various stages in the past and their contem...
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Keightley and Pickering explore the neglected role of space and place in the remembering process. Using a rich body of ethnographic fieldwork examples, they specifically address the ways in which changes in place, ranging from relatively local shifts such as moving house to macro-scale processes of migration and displacement, are made sense of in v...
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Keightley and Pickering address a lacuna in contemporary research on collective memory by exploring the role of intimate relationships in processes of remembering. Using a rich body of ethnographic data, they illustrate how remembering intimate relationships and ruptures in them forges a sense of belonging with others over time, and how intimate re...
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Keightley and Pickering provide an analysis of the ways in which the death of close others is negotiated through vernacular remembering processes, and in doing so, they explore the limits of the human capacity to manage life transitions. This vernacular perspective makes an important contribution to scholarship on the relationship between memory, l...
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Many accounts of contemporary mediated communication of various kinds emphasise speed, immediacy and simultaneity as overriding temporal characteristics, and accounts of journalism are no exception. Acceleration in journalistic practice and the associated changes in news content and its communication have a variety of consequences. In the most extr...
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This book shows how the mnemonic imagination creatively uses the resources of photography and music in the registering and management of change. Looking in particular at major transitions and turning points, it covers key issues of identity for the remembering subject and key scales of remembering in vernacular milieus. The book explores the connec...
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In this chapter we focus on the question of methodological procedure in the investigation of personal and public memory and the manifold relations between them. We do so because issues and concerns relating to methodology have been largely neglected in memory studies.1 There are various reasons for this neglect, but among them is the perceived need...
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Before we examine in detail, later in the book, how photography and recorded music facilitate remembering and are drawn upon as mnemonic resources, we need to consider more fully their characteristic features as both communications technologies and cultural forms. As ways of recording, storing, retrieving and replaying certain events and sequences...
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In their use as mnemonic resources, photography and recorded music operate in part through their different constitutive forms as we have outlined these in the previous chapter, and in part through the various conventions associated with their use. For the most part, such conventions consist in the tacit rules and regularised codes underlying everyd...
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Throughout this book we have explored how certain pieces of the past — personally made or inherited photographs, and recorded songs and music trailing their various associations of past times — are drawn upon and given meaning, value and significance in everyday life. These pieces of the past do not exist as isolated fragments somehow surviving ove...
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In the previous chapter we outlined the process of creating and localising cultural resources and integrating them into our remembering practices. We referred to this process as one of making our own and presented it as central to vernacular memory in its vibrant interplay between convention and practice. Making our own mnemonic resources out of pa...
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Having examined how photographs and recorded music are adopted as complementary resources for helping people retain or revitalise their connections with the past, we turn now to a different aspect of their use. This concerns the cross-temporal value and significance derived from these mnemonic resources, in some cases quite beyond the deliberate pu...
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Media, Culture & Society, 36(6): pp.745–747 (2014) DOI: 10.1177/0163443714532985 Due to an error in the course of production, this special section was published without properly acknowledging the editorial contribution of our two guest editors, Dr Christine Lohmeier and Dr Christian Pentzold. They proposed the original aims and rationale for the sp...
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This article demonstrates the need always to consider change against continuity and continuity against change in the analysis of mnemonic technologies. It does so by exploring what has happened in the move from analogue to digital photography, looking, in particular, at how this has affected the meanings of personal photographs and the practices of...
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In this article we introduce the themed issue 'Mediated Mobilities'. We begin by articulating some of the potential relationships between media and mobility critically addressing the key conceptual distinctions that underpin them and the methodological demands placed on media studies when exploring the complex ways in which mobility is embedded in...
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Nostalgia is a multifarious phenomenon. Although it is always in some manner a response to social and cultural change, and particularly to the increasing divergence between experience and expectation that has developed in the modern and late-modern periods, it becomes manifest in a wide range of forms, with the feelings, meanings and values associa...
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This article argues that claims of time in late-modernity collapsing or becoming irretrievably accelerated do not sufficiently account for the range of experiences of time that are supported in a media-saturated culture. Achieving this requires an empirical and conceptual shift. Research on the domestication of media technologies provides an initia...
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In this article we explore the issue of memory transmission by considering it along the two temporal planes on which it occurs: vertically, through time; and horizontally, in time. It is because we regard memory transmission as involving the mutual interaction of these two planes that we introduce the concept of the mnemonic imagination. The value...
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This article presents the new method of self-interviewing as an empirical tool specifically for use in memory studies research. The article traces some of the empirical limitations specific to the field of memory studies and reviews the existing tools used in this area. It particularly focuses on some of the limitations of qualitative interviewing,...
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In February 2011 the Egyptian political activist and regional marketing manager for Google, Wael Ghonim, was interviewed on CNN about the success of the revolutionary uprising in Egypt and the subsequent removal of president Hosni Mubharak from power
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In the two previous chapters we have paid considerable attention to processes of remembering and their interaction with our imaginative capacities as these relate to the individual person. In doing so we hope to have made clear that although anyone’s memories are in various ways specific to them, some are borrowed and adapted, many are shared and p...
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In the last two chapters we have been discussing the relations between processes of social remembering involving individual participants and the public and popular forms of representing the past that are common in contemporary societies. Nostalgia as a mnemonic field grants us the opportunity to do so because it shows how individual remembering, wh...
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During the final period of his life, Michel de Montaigne produced a series of essays which have become famous for their shrewd insight, practical wisdom and digressive, conversational style. They covered a wide range of topics, but their key underlying topic was Montaigne himself. In writing them, what he was studying most of all was his own self,...
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Memory studies is an intellectually vibrant, yet still emergent field. Many disciplines meet there, but hardly as yet converge. Effective interdisciplinary synthesis will no doubt take some time to develop, and will be the work of divers hands. While we hope to make some contribution to this, our aim in what lies ahead is relatively modest. It is d...
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The major preoccupation of this book has been with how memory and imagination operate in conjunction with each other in a necessary alliance that helps us develop our understanding of temporal processes and maintain the past as a dynamic presence within an ever-changing present. We have introduced the concept of mnemonic imagination in order to sho...
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We have spoken so far of certain pitfalls associated with thinking about the relationship between memory and imagination, and suggested that we want to see this relationship in terms of an interstitial space between past and future in which cross-temporal transactions are made. It is through such transactions that lived experience in the present be...
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Our discussion of the ways in which personal and public memory interact and inform each other can be usefully extended by exploring the case of nostalgia. The close interweaving of individual and collective processes of remembering is central to nostalgia. What it involves may be deeply felt by particular people at particular times, but the meaning...
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Despite detailed interrogations of the uses of media technologies and texts with overtly mnemonic functions in memory studies, there remains a limited engagement with the significance of television and everyday televisual texts in practices of remembering from specific social locations in the interests of performing and constructing particular soci...
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This article examines the conceptualisation and use of memory in the social sciences, both as a methodological tool and as an object of research. The article situates memory as a vast potential resource for the social sciences in the exploration of relations between public and private life, agency and power, and the past, present and future. It goe...
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Trauma is a term that is widely used in memory studies, along with a number of other academic fields and disciplines. This article takes issue with its loose and indiscriminate application. Such application generates an unresolved paradox: trauma is associated with memories of events that are uncontrollable, yet large-scale commemorative practices...
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Nostalgia has been viewed as the conceptual opposite of progress, against which it is negatively viewed as reactionary, sentimental or melancholic. It has been seen as a defeatist retreat from the present, and evidence of loss of faith in the future. Nostalgia is certainly a response to the experience of loss endemic in modernity and late modernity...
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Phonography and photography have been extensively discussed and analysed, but their complementary features as media of communication have received relatively little attention. Chief among these is the way in which, as technologies of recording, preservation and retrieval, they have affected forms of social remembering and orientations to historical...

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The current phase of this project is concerned with memory and the management of change - changes in the life course, changes in intimate relationships, changes in places of residence, and changes resulting from death, grief and mourning.