The fall/winter 2015 issue of History & Memory takes as its focus "Traveling War: Memory Practices in Motion." Published by Indiana University Press, this special issue is coedited by Geoffrey M. White and Eveline Buchheim. White is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Buchheim is a researcher at NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam.
While the spatial and architectural fixities of war memory have long attracted scholarly attention in research on memorials, monuments, battlegrounds and their commemorative practices, memory studies increasingly turn their attention to the social and performative practices that make past experiences “real” or relevant in the present. Scholars who focus on the constructions of history emerging in and around memorial sites now reject models that assume singular or fixed significance for those sites, choosing rather to see them as sites of dialogue or performative enactments of history. It is in this context that the authors collected here trace the paths of people moving through spaces of remembrance, crossing border zones where relevant identities gain heightened significance.