In Mapping Memory: Visuality, Affect, and Embodied Politics in the Americas, Murphy analyzes a range of visual memory practices that have emerged in opposition to political discourses and visual economies that work to suppress certain subjects and overlook past and present human rights abuses. From the Southern Cone to Central America and the US-Mexico borderlands, and across documentary film, photography, performance, memory sites, and new media, she examines how these visual texts and sites use memory as a form of sociopolitical intervention. Interweaving visual and performance theory with memory and affect studies, Murphy theorizes memory mapping as a visual strategy for producing new temporal and spatial arrangements of knowledge intended to function as counter-practices to official narratives that often neglect or designate as transgressive certain memories or experiences. Published by Fordham University Press in 2019.
Recently Published Articles and Chapters
Murphy, Kaitlin M. “Fear and Loathing in Monuments: Rethinking the Politics and Practices of Monumentality and Monumentalization.” Memory Studies 14, 6 (2021): 1143-1158.
Murphy, Kaitlin M. “Art as Atrocity Prevention: The Auschwitz Institute, Artivism, and the 2019 Venice Biennale,” Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal 15, no. 1 (2021): 68–96.
Murphy, Kaitlin M. “Braiding Borders”: Performance as Care and Resistance on the US-Mexico Border.” TDR: The Drama Review 64, no. 4 (2020), 72-83.
Murphy, Kaitlin M. “Witnessing the Past and the Present: Photography and Guatemala’s Fight for Historical Dialogue.” In Historical Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, edited by Elazar Barkan, Constantin Goschler, and James Waller, 235-252. London: Routledge Press, 2020.
Murphy, Kaitlin M. “Against Precarious Abstraction: Bearing Witness to Migration Through Moysés Zúñiga Santiago’s “La Bestia” Photographs.” Journal of Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1, no. 1 (2019), 7-22.