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ERIC Number: EJ1166300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Knowing the Past Affectively: Screen Media and the Evocation of Intergenerational Trauma
Dragojlovic, Ana
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v17 n1 p119-133 Feb 2018
This article explores the relationship between the affective intensities of screen media and its potential to serve as an affective force for the transmission of intergenerational trauma. I explore how watching a documentary portraying historical atrocities that preceded the birth of the documentary's viewers yet affected their lives in profound ways, is one of the manifold engagements in genealogy and memory work that seeks to know the past affectively. My focus is on Indisch (Indonesian-Dutch) viewers whose relatives suffered through various atrocities that took place in Indonesia in the 20th century. By ethnographically exploring Indisch affective engagements with Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary, "The Act of Killing" (2012), I show how such engagements need to be analysed as occurring across human and non-human interactions and beyond the subject-object distinction. I argue that the affectivity of screen media (in particular, documentaries) that showcase instances of historical violence that have never received much public representation needs to be understood with particular historical contingencies. This article alerts us to how processes of getting to know the past affectively reveal the fragility of the embodied self in the wake of cataclysmic violence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indonesia; Netherlands
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