Jacqueline Gallup was asked to contribute to the Heritages of Hunger repository by selecting and describing memorials about the Great Famine. In this blog she discusses her thought process and ultimately the reasons behind her monument selections, also offering a deeper understanding of what she gained through this research.
On 16 October 2021, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne posted a photo of this drawing on its Instagram in honour of World Food Day, an initiative started in 1945 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to call for worldwide awareness of and collective action to combat hunger. Over the course of 98 years, Kollwitz’s picture was repurposed time and again. It featured in expositions, magazines, school books and, as we saw, social media. What does this remediation mean for the way we remember the past to which the image refers?
As is the case for other European famine contexts such as the Great Irish Famine, during the Spanish Hunger Years (1939-1952) hunger, malnutrition-related diseases, and substandard housing went hand in hand. This blog elaborates on the concept of cave housing in the Hunger Years through photographs.
As COVID has shown, the ways of the world can take unexpected turns within a year and may profoundly affect our understanding of the past. An example of how past legacies are informed by the present—a now well-established thought thanks to memory scholars such as Astrid Erll and Ann Rigney— was last Sunday’s ceremony to mark Ireland’s National Famine Commemoration Day. To what extent does the commemoration’s recognition of past and present heroism also prompt future historical duty?