The Topography of Remembrance

Gerdien Jonker

The Topography of Remembrance offers with completely different types of remembrance and collective reminiscence in Mesopotamia, discussing each its public (nationwide) and personal (household) facets. The Introduction affords a historical past of contemporary, European reminiscence compared with the Mesopotamian mode. The analysis provides to the current dialogue on collective reminiscence. The Mesopotamians discovered instruments for the development and passing on of widespread remembrance in liturgical repetition, within the preservation of buildings and monuments, and in communication channels. To explain these processes the creator offers with completely different texts written between 2300 and 300 BC, which transport reminiscence from a historic, administrational or spiritual perspective. Based on this examine, the necessity to bear in mind was prompted by the seek for id, a dynamic course of wherein forgetting performed a necessary half. The outline of this course of can also be related to trendy society. It affords an necessary contribution to the dialogue of acculturation and id.