Remembering global disasters and the construction of cosmopolitan memory

Kyriakidou, Maria (2017) Remembering global disasters and the construction of cosmopolitan memory. Communication, Culture and Critique, 10 (1). 93–111. ISSN 1753-9129

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Debates on the relationship between media and memory have recently focused on the potential of globally mediated events to expand collective memory beyond national borders, to what Levy and Sznaider (2006, 2010) have described as "cosmopolitan memory". This article critically engages with the concept of cosmopolitan memory and provides an empirical contribution to the relevant debate drawing upon a study of focus group discussions with Greek audiences remembering global disasters. The article argues that the memories of these events place audience members within a global community of viewers simultaneously witnessing the same events. However, they do not necessarily challenge the primacy of the nation as a moral community, therefore lacking the moral dimension implicit in the concept of cosmopolitan memory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: audiences,cosmopolitan memory,cosmopolitanism,distant suffering,global media events,cosmopolitanization
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 09:19
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:33
DOI: 10.1111/cccr.12142


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