Stamps Assistant Professor Dr. Emilia Yang has been published in Sites of Reckoning, a June 2023 special issue of Memory Studies co-edited by Jennie Burnet and Natasha Zaretsky. Some of the questions that course through the experiences and lives explored in Sites of Reckoning are: How do communities and nations respond to mass violence? How do we use art and culture to reckon with the past? How do these sites shape citizenship, justice, and meaning?
Yang’s article, Collectivizing justice: Participatory witnessing, sense memory, and emotional communities, describes and analyzes the practices made possible by the temporary exhibition of AMA y No Olvida, Museum of Memory Against Impunity, a community and transmedia museum project in Nicaragua, in tandem with the embodied performances of the families of the victims of state violence and visitors during repression and a state of exception.
This special issue deliberately decenters traditional approaches in memory studies by carving out spaces for the Global South and by considering activist – scholar or activist – artist – scholar interventions, with articles on Argentina, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Namibia, Rwanda, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States by D. Jones, Nicola Brandt, Melissa Karp, Margaret Comer, Natasha Zaretsky, Elena Lesley, Ruth Stanford, Emilia Yang, Marita Sturken, and James E. Young.