Sunday, December 22, 2013


The transition from corporeal memory to the memory of places is assured by acts as important as orienting oneself, moving from place to place, and above all inhabiting. It is on the surface of the habitable earth that we remember having traveled and visited memorable sites. In this way, the "things" remembered are intrinsically associated with places. And it is not by chance that we say of what has occurred that it took place. It is indeed at this primordial level that the phenomenon of "memory places" is constituted, before they become a reference for historical knowledge.

Paul Ricouer, "Memory, History, Forgetting"
University of Chicago Press, 2004,  p.41.