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Landscapes of European Memory: Biodiversity and Collective Remembrance

Jennifer A. Jordan
History and Memory
Vol. 22, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2010), pp. 5-33
Published by: Indiana University Press
DOI: 10.2979/his.2010.22.2.5
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/his.2010.22.2.5
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

This article provides theoretical and empirical directions for research on material collective memory, drawing on the phenomenon of historical kitchen gardens in Europe. The gardens of Europe's open-air folk museums, the tourism-oriented gardens of monasteries and aristocratic manor houses-turned museums, as well as the show gardens of a growing network of people committed to preserving agricultural biodiversity, are rich sites in which to explore fundamental questions about collective memory, in particular the role of agents of memory, the phenomenon of prosthetic memory, the varying conceptions of authenticity, and the importance of studying forgetting alongside remembering.

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