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Collective memory and research-led filmmaking: Spatial legacies of dictatorship in the Dominican Republic

Blackmore, Lisa (2018) 'Collective memory and research-led filmmaking: Spatial legacies of dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.' Popular Communication, 16 (2). 90 - 105. ISSN 1540-5702

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Abstract

This article explores theoretical-methodological challenges in researching the formation of collective memory in the wake of dictatorship. The worldwide growth of memory sites suggests space crystallizes memory into stable formations. However, rather than monolithic discourses, environments attest to complex processes of memorialization and willful amnesia. I propose that research-led filmmaking can draw out spaces’ heterogeneous “stories in waiting.” Through the documentary After Trujillo, which revisits memory sites and ruins of Rafael Trujillo’s dictatorship from 1930 to 1961 in the Dominican Republic, I assess how working at the interface between research and film can (a) probe space’s testimonial capacity; (b) engage audiences in public debates about violent pasts; and (c) stimulate sustainable discussions through online platforms. Given that films still lack recognition as academic outputs, at stake here is the claim that creative methodologies constitute “a form of research” and “detectable research outputs.”

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 12:27
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20450

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