Since 2016, the city of Orlando, FL, has remembered the Pulse nightclub massacre through memorial projects honoring the victims and survivors. The process of remembering and memorializing trauma is contentious; debates over how, where, who, and what to remember are about emotions, economics, and politics. Knowing that meaning making and memory are ongoing processes, I use the circuit of culture model to navigate my city’s processes and places of memorializing by visiting and interpreting different sites of memory. I argue for the power of the vernacular memorial, rather than the state-sanctioned, as a more inclusive, living form of memory.
Memorializing Pulse: The Vernacular as Living Memory
Rachel E. Silverman is Associate Professor of Communication in the Department of Humanities & Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Her research highlights the intersection of gender performances as they relate to religion and sexuality in popular culture. She also specializes in women's reproductive health narratives and the role of communication in medical education. All her work is grounded in activist rhetoric and the praxis of creating social change. She is the editor of The Fantasy of Reality: Critical Essays on The Real Housewives (Peter Lang, 2015) and co-editor of Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for Change (Peter Lang, 2014). Dr. Silverman has also published pedagogy pieces in Communication Teacher and Teaching Media Quarterly. Correspondence to: Rachel E. Silverman, Department of Humanities & Communication, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1 Aerospace Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Rachel E. Silverman; Memorializing Pulse: The Vernacular as Living Memory. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2021; 10 (2): 15–23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.2.15
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