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  • Re-territorializing Empire: Imperial Memories and Contested History in Forte Ardietti

    Giulia Carabelli

    Chapter from the book: Carabelli, G et al. 2020. Sharpening the Haze: Visual Essays on Imperial History and Memory.


    This chapter explores how historical re-enactments produce a space conducive to the (re)negotiation of local identities in places where the legacy of empire remains contested. Focusing on the author’s experience of attending the reenactment of the Battle of Solferino (1859) in 2017, this visual essay explores how altering landscape, the reenactment creates a space where to negotiate individual and collective identities. Through the productive frictions emerging from immediacy, the essay traces the possibilities for participants to lay claim to new identities exceeding narratives mediated by both imperial and national pasts.

    How to cite this chapter
    Carabelli, G. 2020. Re-territorializing Empire: Imperial Memories and Contested History in Forte Ardietti. In: Carabelli, G et al (eds.), Sharpening the Haze. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bcd.e

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    Published on Jan. 7, 2020


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