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GENDER, MEMORY AND TECHNOLOGIES 37 2. Andrew Jones (2007) for example examines the relationships between memory and material cultures arguing that megalithic rock art and the practices of production that went with it enhanced the links between communities and the landscape. See Jones, A. (2007) Memory and Material Culture. 3. Merlin Donald in Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition does mention in passing the significance of gender in relation to children’s games, which he argues serve to reproduce gender roles (Donald, 1993: p.
This work discusses technologies largely as discursive practices and in terms of the technologies of language, the word and speech. The valorisation of women’s memories has also taken the form of mobilising forms of memory that women have used. Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer, who examined how gender and memories of the Holocaust is articulated through testimonial objects, include a focus on recipes from Terezin and Vapniarka concentration camps. In this way, they show how the overlooked mnemonic practices associated with recipes and cooking were important to women in the camps (2006).
This feminist memory work exemplifies a long genealogy (of which this book is also a part) within feminist theory and activism of deploying media technologies to document, store and mobilise women’s life stories. It is important to note that although there is the implication within this work of something beyond individual memory, this is not articulated explicitly. There is no explanation for the more complicated ways in which memories have a collective function, form and process that might then provide for continuities and disjunctures within patriarchal processes.
A Concise Dictionary of English Slang by B.A. Phythian