Murphy_book_coverMapping Memory: Visuality, Affect, and Embodied Politics in the Americas

In Mapping Memory: Visuality, Affect, and Embodied Politics in the Americas, I analyze a range of visual memory practices that have emerged in opposition to political discourses and visual economies that 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, I examine how these visual texts and sites use memory as a form of sociopolitical intervention. Interweaving visual and performance theory with memory and affect studies, I theorize memory mapping as a visual strategy for producing new temporal and spatial arrangements of knowledge and memory that function as counter-practices to official narratives that often neglect or designate as transgressive certain memories or experiences. Published by Fordham University Press.

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Recent articles and chapters:
Murphy, Kaitlin. “Braiding Borders”: Performance as Care and Resistance on the US-Mexico Border.” TDR: The Drama Review 64, no. 4 (2020): 72-83.

Murphy, Kaitlin. “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. London: Routledge Press, 2020.

Murphy, Kaitlin. “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.