The project aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of collective memory in contemporary society. The research explores how digital media transform commemorative practices by (re)defining the public discourses on the role of women in history, as well as by generating new forms of subjectivation through the performative portrayal of feminine historical presence. In this sense, commemoration is approached as a powerful social and political instrument of self-constitution and collective identity formation.
The project is built on a coherent and unified approach to historical knowledge inspired by four theoretical traditions: (1) socio-constructivist perspectives on social memory and collective remembering (Misztal, 2003, 2010; Wertsch, 2002; Zerubavel, 1996, 2003, 2012), (2) discourse-analytic approaches and feminist epistemologies (Austin, 1962; Butler, 2004; West & Zimmerman, 1987), (3) post-phenomenological philosophies of technological mediation in digital contexts (Ihde, 1995; Kiran, 2012; Verbeek, 2006, 2008) and (4) Foucauldian approaches to subjectivation and views of the self as a locus of power relations (Foucault, 1988).
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