British Studies, Geography, German Studies, Memory Studies

Winner of the Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Memory Studies published: Networked Remembrance by Samuel Merrill

«In this rich and fascinating book Samuel Merrill explores the underground transport networks of London and Berlin. Networked Remembrance marks a significant addition to the literature on intersections between memory, space and urban culture.» — Matthew Gandy, Professor of Geography, University of Cambridge

«Merrill’s richly illustrated text offers uniquely moving accounts about the ‹everyday undergrounds› of two Europe’s most distinctive capital cities, Berlin and London. This innovative study of the city’s often taken-for-granted subterranean urban landscapes tracks phenomenological journeys, material artefacts, user networks, engineering reports, embodied performances, archaeological ruins, cartographic imaginaries, and commemorative actions. Moving rhizomatically and stratigraphically, and between past and present, Networked Remembrance offers timely insights into the complex mnemonic and volumetric geographies of these iconic cities.» — Karen E. Till, Professor of Cultural Geography, Maynooth University and author of The New Berlin: Memory, Politics, Place

Networked Remembrance is the first book to explore questions of urban memory within what are some of the most commonly experienced subterranean margins of the contemporary city: underground railways. Using London’s and Berlin’s underground railways as comparative case studies, this book reveals how social memories are spatially produced – through practices of cartography and toponymy, memory work and memorialization, exploration and artistic appropriation – within the everyday and concealed places associated with these transport networks.

Through numerous empirical excavations, this book highlights an array of different mnemonic actors, processes, structures and discourses that have determined the forms of «networked remembrance» associated with the subterranean stations and sections of the London Underground and Berlin U- and S-Bahn. In turn, it invites readers to descend into the «buried memories» that are often imperceptible to those travelling by rail beneath the British and German capitals and encourages them to ask what other memories might lie latent in the infrastructural landscapes beneath their feet.

This book was the winner of the 2014 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Memory Studies.

Available for purchase here.

Samuel Merrill is an interdisciplinary researcher based at the Department of Sociology’s Digital Social Research Unit at Umeå University. He completed his doctorate in Cultural Geography at University College London in 2014.

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