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ACME : An International Journal for Critical Geographies
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  • Truth-Telling and Memory-Work in Montgomery’s Co-Constituted

    • Authors: Joshua F. Inwood, Anna Livia Brand, Derek Alderman
      Abstract: Drawing attention to the latent, hidden, and not fully reconciled historical landscape of trauma, we explore memory work in the contemporary US South, focusing on the ongoing cultural resurgence of Montgomery, Alabama. Self-branded and highlighted by the New York Times as the “Capital of Cool,” we suggest that Montgomery is an analytically valuable site to understand the complex and still under-analyzed intersection of race, memory, and place. Focusing on Montgomery expands our conceptualizations of memory work beyond the typical focus on activists and artists who push progressive narratives. Placing the National Memorial for Peace and Justice within a larger understanding of the city’s memorial landscapes, our paper argues that Montgomery’s conflicted landscape evokes new questions and tensions about memory, racism, and white supremacy and their broader spatial interlockings.  
      PubDate: 2022-05-17
  • Making the Millet Common

    • Authors: Timur Hammond
      Abstract: In July 2016, a coup attempt in Turkey helped to precipitate a series of far-reaching transformations. Government officials claimed that these transformations both represented the will of and were justified by the heroism of the ‘nation’ (millet), an ostensibly self-evident and pre-given political actor. Rightly criticized as symptomatic of an authoritarian politics in contemporary Turkey, these celebrations of the ‘nation’ raise an urgent question: How and where is the nation made ‘common’ (ortak) in the first place' To answer this question, this paper examines the forging of a new memorial public in relation to the events of July 2016. I make two connected arguments. First, this new memorial public involves not just the claiming of public space but the circulation of images and tropes between many sites of memory. Second, focusing on this memorial public helps us understand how commemoration operates in authoritarian contexts. Instead of being simply a top-down imposition, memorial publics – and the ‘nation’ they underpin – are formed through uneven linkages and affiliations. Drawing on both discourse analysis and landscape observations, this article enriches our analysis of politics in Turkey today and sketches out one approach for an expanded interchange between geographies of memory and geographies of populism and authoritarianism.
      PubDate: 2022-04-21
  • Dead Labor

    • Authors: Matthew Russell Cook, Candace Forbes Bright, Perry L. Carter, E. Arnold Modlin
      Abstract: Plantation tourism is a major economic industry and element of the cultural landscape of the US South that has long minimized and occluded the legacy of chattel slavery from tourism experiences. By employing a Marxist analysis of contemporary plantation tourism, we advance understandings of the continued commodification of the enslaved through the lens of dead labor, both metaphorical and literal. We also examine the economic and social relations that make possible and sustain the contemporary plantation tourism industry and consider how the historic plantation and contemporary plantation tourism systems obfuscate the dead labor of millions of enslaved people. Drawing upon semi-structured interviews with owners of four major tourism plantation sites in Louisiana, we argue that the dead labor of the enslaved is still an economically productive force that creates value in the contemporary landscape for plantation property owners, which must be critically considered in light of ongoing calls for socially just memory practices at tourism plantation sites.
      PubDate: 2022-03-03
  • Meaning Falls Apart

    • Authors: Bradley Hinger
      Abstract: This paper uses Christina Sharpe’s concept of “anagramatical blackness” to explore the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as an example of what I will term the anagramatical landscape. Sharpe writes that Blackness anagramatically shifts the meaning of people, places, and things. The Freedom Center is a museum located in Cincinnati, Ohio dedicated to telling the story of American slavery as well as other stories of civil and human rights. I examine the Freedom Center as more than a museum, but also as a memorial because of its geographic location along the boundary between the American North and South as well as its situation within the wider American geographic imagination as a site of “National” history telling. Content analysis of TripAdvisor reviews by visitors shows that these people struggle with their preconceived notions about what stories are being told as well as for who they are being told. Using Sharpe’s idea that when words come up against Blackness, their meanings shift, I look at the Freedom Center as an anagramatical space that white reviewers fear they may not have access to because of its focus on the story of Black people resisting against white supremacy.  It is only when they reposition whiteness within the narrative or, as Sharpe writes, “redact” blackness, and decode the memorial landscape through epistemological whiteness, that this space becomes comprehensible. Through the use of this framework, I take the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as an example of how geographers might expand upon the idea of the anagramatical landscape to understand opposition to memorial work that centers Black lives
      PubDate: 2022-01-24
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