Crowds, Events, Enaction: Liminal Politics at the Chattri Memorial

Ashley, Susan (2020) Crowds, Events, Enaction: Liminal Politics at the Chattri Memorial. In: Liminality and Critical Event Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 263-278. ISBN 9783030402556, 9783030402563

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This chapter analyses how memorialising and heritage-making by an affective crowd asserted a postcolonial politics. The Chattri Memorial is a remembrance space situated near Brighton, UK, built in 1921, to mark Indian soldiers who fought during the First World War. It explores how a heterogeneous community of local veterans, Indian organisations, and onlookers from mixed origins performed a horizontal politics through an experienced event. It engages participants’ affective event-making as conscious ‘past-presencing’ (Macdonald, Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today, Routledge, London, 2013), and analyses how their annual acts of presencing in this space constitutes the enaction of citizenship (Isin, in: Isin & Nielsen (eds.), Acts of Citizenship, Zed Books, London, 2008). The communal rite of memorialising was a political event not only for witnessing, belonging, and gaining recognition, but also for making conscious interventions over the racialising discourses that are a fact of life for participants.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Memorialising, Postcolonial, Heritage, Affect, Liminal, Presencing, Horizontal politics
Subjects: L200 Politics
V100 History by period
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 14:24
Last Modified: 23 May 2023 14:45

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