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Nirmal Puwar presented a paper at the Gender Recalled Conference on ‘Dementia, Song and the Post-War’

Memory work constitutes small acts of performative and iterative forms of remembrance. Often calling on sites, events and bodies that don’t feature in established modes of remembering. These are always, however large or small, legitimate or off-centre, enacted as acts of imagination of past, present and futures. This paper will invite us to consider what the contours of memory work are when memory itself has become a moving force, operating across intensely layered notions of time, with the onset of dementia. The discussion will be situated by discussing women’s song (namely giddha) from a post-colonial and post-war location.

Image credit: Laura Price / Geography Department of Royal Holloway

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Dr Nirmal Puwar
Reader, Sociology Dept
Co-director, Methods Lab
Goldsmiths, University of London

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