Dr. Joshua Synenko received his Ph.D in 2015 from York University (Canada). His dissertation is entitled After Collective Memory: Post-national Europe and Socially Engaged Art. Dr. Synenko has published articles on European collective memory, critical media arts practice, and visual communication. In the fall, he will be working as an Assistant Professor (LTA) in the Department of Cultural Studies at Trent University (Canada).
ArticlesCities have long been important sites of collective memory. In this paper, I highlight the ritual and memorial functions of cities by focusing on Gibellina, a Sicilian town destroyed by earthquake, and the subsequent struggle among its community to articulate a sense of spatial belonging with its remains. By examining the productive relationships between art, landscape and collective memory, I...Read more