This chapter analyses how memorialising and heritage-making by an affective crowd asserted a postcolonial politics. The Chattri Memorial is a remembrance space situated near Brighton, UK, built in 1921, to mark Indian soldiers who fought during the First World War. It explores how a heterogeneous community of local veterans, Indian organisations, and onlookers from mixed origins performed a horizontal politics through an experienced event. It engages participants’ affective event-making as conscious ‘past-presencing’ (Macdonald, Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today, Routledge, London, 2013), and analyses how their annual acts of presencing in this space constitutes the enaction of citizenship (Isin, in: Isin & Nielsen (eds.), Acts of Citizenship, Zed Books, London, 2008). The communal rite of memorialising was a political event not only for witnessing, belonging, and gaining recognition, but also for making conscious interventions over the racialising discourses that are a fact of life for participants.
|Title of host publication||Liminality and critical event studies|
|Subtitle of host publication||Borders, boundaries, and contestation|
|Editors||Ian Lamond, Jonathan Moss|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 29 Mar 2020|