Focusing on monuments in the city of Prague and drawing on affect theory, this chapter explores the social, material, and physical lives of people and things in the context of political regime changes. Several questions are crucial. When and why does the need arise to materialize a specific idea into sculptural form? Once built, how do the resulting statues and monuments reflect and shape changing and conflicting political discourses? And when does disagreement lead to their disappearance? The analysis provides valuable insights into the myriad ways in which concrete acts of sculptural production, interference, removal, destruction, and replacement have shaped wider fields of affective relatedness, reflecting tensions between the autonomy and incompleteness of human and non-human existence.
|Title of host publication||Negotiating Memories from the Romans to the Twenty-first Century. Damnatio Memoriae|
|Editors||Øivind Fuglerud, Kjersti Larsen, Marina Prusac-Lindhagen|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Sep 2020|