Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.
Grassroots Memorials as Sites of Heritage Creation
Various ritual forms of memorialization, mourning and protest in public spaces have emerged in recent years; a fixed pattern of memorials located at the places where particular deaths are considered ‘unjust’ and traumatic, either because a famous person has been killed or because anonymous citizens have been the victims of a massacre. These improvised memorials have been dubbed ‘grassroots memorials’ by Margry and Sánchez-Carretero (2011) in order to highlight both their political dimension and their non-institutionalized character. This chapter explores such memorials, with particular reference to the Archivo del Duelo (Archive of Mourning) – a research project established in response to the terrorist attacks of 11 March 2004 in Madrid.