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UBC Press Fall 2018 Trade Catalogue, featuring selections from our distributed publishers

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Edited by: Philippe Tortell Edited by: Mark Turin Edited by: Margot Young
9781775276609 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays Oct 01, 2018
$24.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 in | 370 gr 268 pages 11 b/w illustrations Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
This book examines the character and relevance of remembrance, inviting readers to think creatively and deeply about the ways that memories are transmitted, recorded, and distorted through time and space. Ranging from molecular genetics and astrophysics to law and Indigenous oral histories, the essays draw from a diverse group of contributors to capture different perspectives on memory. Reflecting upon memory in engaging and unexpected ways, this collection offers an interdisciplinary roadmap for exploring how, why, and when we remember.

Philippe Tortell is director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and a professor in the departments of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Botany. Mark Turin is an associate professor in the department of anthropology and First Nations and Endangered Languages. Margot Young is a professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law. All the editors work at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, which is located on traditional, ancestral, and unceded x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam) territory.

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The contributions to this astounding collection reframe our inner construct of remembering and forgetting – exposing, for example, our socially constructed pressures to edit out the political reality of colonial oppression, as well as our amnesia around the destruction of the environment. The power of reflection, thought, and dialogue is found on every page. A more creative assemblage of essays on this important and timely topic would be difficult to find. - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-Kwe), Director of the UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

The enormous memory capacity of the human brain has been the key to our success as a species as we learn through observation, trial and error, mistakes and successes, passing along priceless life lessons to succeeding generations. From Indigenous knowledge to neuroscience and engineering, this excellent collection of essays provides a multi-pronged approach that puts memory into a much-needed context at a time when change has become so ubiquitous and rapid. - David Suzuki, scientist, broadcaster, author, activist, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation

If you care about the nuances of how, what, where, and why we remember (and forget), then Memory is the book for you. The concise and cogent explorations undertaken here range in focus from the molecular to the planetary, mapping all the complexities of memory: cognitive and cultural, biological and historical, social and ecological, collective and individual. - Linda Hutcheon, University Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

...the book is better suited for reflection than for focused study, but the essays read together effect a thought-provoking exploration of timely themes and enrich readers' understanding of memory in its many facets. | Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals.

- B. Osborne, emeritus, Queen's University at Kingston, CHOICE, Vol 56, No. 8

...the inclusion of interesting, accessible contributions from the sciences is one of the great strengths of the collection; they are refreshing reading for those of us more familiar with humanistic discussions of memory, and intriguing for the parallels and contrasts they suggest. - Forrest Pass, The Ormsby Review

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