'Trauma, Place and the Politics of Memory: Bloody Sunday, Derry, 1972 - 2004', in History Workshop Journal, no 59, Spring 2005, pp221 - 250
This essay originated in a series of papers: firstly at 'Exorcising Places of the Dead: Trauma, Memory and the Sites of History', a Centre for Life History Research Special Event, University of Sussex, November 2002; secondly at the Colloquium on Memory, at the Raphael Samuel History Centre, School of Cultural and Innovation Studies, University of East London, June 2003; and finally at the 'Cultures of Memory, Memory of Cultures' conference, co-organised by the Cyprus Society for the Study of English and the 'Memory and Place' subgroup of the 'Cultural Memory in European Countries [ACUME]' European Network, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus, February 2004. (<a href="http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/faculty-of-arts-brighton/course-staff/graham-dawson/making-peace-with-the-past/mobilising-memories/_nocache">For ACUME</a>). Critical feedback from the editors of History Workshop Journal encouraged me to deepen the theoretical framework and develop the analysis. According to Oxford University Press, this essay was the fourth most popular article to be downloaded in pdf full-text from the HWJ website in 2005/06. A shortened version of this essay is due to be published in a collection of papers from the Cyprus conference (Stephanides, ed, forthcoming).
This essay has been cited by researchers working on the politics of memory in the Irish Troubles (Tom Herron and John Lynch, “'Like Ghosts Who’d Walked Abroad': Faces of the Bloody Sunday Dead," in Visual Culture in Britain, vol. 7 no. 1, Summer 2006, pp 59-78); and on spatial identity and place in Northern Ireland (Bryonie Reid, "Creating counterspaces: identity and the home in Ireland and Northern Ireland" Environment and Planning D: Society and Space vol. 25 no. 5, 2007, pp. 933-950). The leading oral historian, Alistair Thomson, has cited the work in his major essay mapping the historical development of debates about memory and oral/life-history analysis (‘Four Paradigm Transformations in Oral History’, in Oral History Review, Winter/Spring 2007, Vol. 34 no. 1, pp. 49-70). It has been cited in a study of trauma, place and the politics of memory in the case of the Ionian Islands and Venice (Anastasia Stouraiti, ‘Geografie del trauma e politiche di lutto: racconti sulla perdita delle Isole Ionie a Venezia’, posted on the Greek website, [www.eens-congress.eu], 2006). The essay was also included in a literature review in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival (by Elizabeth Willis, ‘Recent papers and news items’ in vol 21 no 4, October 2005, pp325 - 332).