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Remembering Through Naming and Palimpsests: Case Study Example of the City of Shiraz, Iran

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The act of remembering is an integral part of sustaining the memory of places through their palimpsests. The regenerative transformations of cities (Cheshmehzangi and Munday, 2021) may sometimes change the physicality of places. However, our memories could still be attached to the histories of places that we indefinitely remember. Regardless of their historical significance, there is the rhetoric of time, memory, and origins (De Groote, 2014) in the way places are distinguished and remembered (Huyssen, 2003). The act of remembering itself is widely recognised as a phenomenological study of the relationship between memory and place (Donhoe, 2014), through which we recognise the palimpsests of various types (e.g., memory, tradition, and place). This fact is more visible in the cases of urban memorial landscapes and political situations (Pirker et al., 2019), monumental environments (Mitchell, 2003), as well as cases of displacement (Erll, 2011), contextualisation of collective memory (Farahani et al., 2015), etc. Some of these examples refer to the matters of historical importance (Bigsby, 2006) or the significant past, which are the essence of how places of memory are developed and remembered.

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Cheshmehzangi, A. (2021). Remembering Through Naming and Palimpsests: Case Study Example of the City of Shiraz, Iran. In: Urban Memory in City Transitions. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-1003-5_7

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