Introduction: on productive shame: triangulations of shame, reconciliation and agency / Suzana Milevska -- Beyond an ontology of guilt and shame -- Shame: intentionality in reverse / Jean-Paul Martinon -- Postcolonial melancholia: protocols, affects, and effects of shame -- Restitution and compensation in Austria after 1998: historiography, the politics of memory, and compensation policy / Eva Blimlinger -- "Auschwitz is only sleeping": on shame and reconciliation in Roma context / Timea Junghaus -- Making visible / Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak -- From commission to commission: social movements versus institutionalized forms of reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa / Jakob Krameritsch -- Massacre underline the wrongness of the situation / Primrose Sonti and Trevor Ngwane in conversation with Jakob Krameritsch -- Gay pride, queer shame: Austrian cases / Andrea B. Braidt -- Naming and renaming: rewriting and recasting memories -- Homecomer: on the road with Kepiro Sandor part one & two / Zsuzsi Flohr -- How (not) to shame a name / Jasmina Cibic -- An allegory to post-Nazism / Eduard Freudmann -- Conciliatory potentials of memorials: pondering into collective memories via participatory research -- Materials of commemoration: the changing landscape of Mauthausen / Peter Mortenbock and Helge Mooshammer with Das Kollektiv -- Polished smooth: how to think shame, solidarity and politics of bodily presence / Working Group Four Faces of Omarska -- Participation and representation in the doing of history of Austria: some thoughts on Tal Adler's Voluntary participation . Karin Schneider -- Why I started visiting church regularly / Tal Adler.
"On Productive Shame, Reconciliation, and Agency prompts a unique crossdisciplinary inquiry into the productive potential of the affect of shame. This book contests the ontological understanding of shame and the psychoanalytical interpretation of it based on personal traumatic experiences linked to lack, loss, memory repression, and absence. Rather, the book builds on complex issues (initially proposed by Paul Gilroy) that concern the coming to terms with a grim colonial and imperial past: How can one deal with the personal and collective memories of "paralyzing guilt" after dreadful atrocities and genocides? How can such negative experiences be transformed into "productive shame" (not only for the perpetrators but also for the victims and witnesses)? This collection of essays, discussions, and interviews reflects on the intersection of the historicity, materiality, and structures behind culturally constructed race and racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Romaism, and queer shame across different disciplines, fields, and theories (for example, in philosophy, art and art history, visual culture, architecture, curating, postcolonial history, gender and queer studies). Various case studies and artistic projects employing collaborative and participatory research methods are analyzed as practices that empower the process of turning shame into productive agency. The ensuing role of productive shame is to prevent the recurrence of the institutional structures, patterns, and events that are responsible and constitutive of racism, and has been contextualized in recent debates on political responsibility and reconciliation in Europe and Africa."--Back cover.