Silence as Apolitical? Colonial Atrocities and Postcolonial Memory Work

Ana Dragojlovic (University of Melbourne) reflects on the firm wish of her Balinese interlocutors in the Netherlands to remain silent about colonial violence. Drawing on their responses to a Dutch exhibition that was framed within colonial discourse, she inquires into their wish for silence and argues for considering silences as affective, situated presences rather than the absence of speech.

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