Stories about Past, Present, and Future: Memory and Narrative between Refugee Pasts and Migrant Futures among Young People in Chiapas, Mexico

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Abstract

This article explores processes of memory among diasporic children and grandchildren of Guatemalan refugees, by reflecting on a postmemorial theatre project in Southern Mexico. The theatrical performances enable me to analyse how young research participants perform their ‘postmemorial repertoire’ and how their performances are being evaluated by older residents. The encounters and clashes between eye-witness accounts and postmemorial mediation and imagination are both conflictive as well as productive. In a second step, the postmemorial processes are put in conversation with the ways young people participate actively in the creation of other types of memory, which are anticipatory and contain narratives around migration
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)43-70
Number of pages28
JournalAnthropology Matters
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Anthropology Matters uses the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.

Keywords

  • Performance
  • Memory
  • Migration

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