Marginalised memories in Dutch commemorative performance, 1961-2020

Start - End 
2018 - 2022 (ongoing)
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Tabgroup

Abstract

Public remembrance of the Second World War occupies a prominent place in Dutch society, and never is this more apparent than each year on 4 May, Remembrance Day. Established as early as 1946, 4 May has developed into the prime locus of debate about national remembering and, consequently, about national identity. A special role in this debate is claimed by the long-standing tradition of commemorative theatre practices remembering the Second World War.

Although this rich tradition of reading and playing theatre texts has existed since the 1960s, these performances have never before been researched as part of Dutch remembrance culture. Therefore, this project maps the development of institutional Dutch commemorative performance from 1961-2020; and analyses a selected corpus of commemorative performances, in order to identify the dramaturgical strategies used to reinforce or resist existing ways of remembering and forgetting.

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Phd Student(s)