Links to Research Centres and Societies
This site by Susan Meiselas and The Picture Project provides the opportunity to build a collective memory with a people who have no national archive. You can explore a time line of photographs and stories about Kurdistan's history and culture, identify unknown photographs, or add your story to the ongoing history of this dispersed community.
Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence
Concordia University, Montreal
CEREV supports a growing range of projects – both theoretical and practical – that explore the aftermath of violence and conflict.
CMR Center for interdisciplinary Memory Research
University of Essen
The CMR is located at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut in Essen, with which it closely cooperates in its research activities and in its program of visiting scientists, international workshops and conferences. It is the first European research institute dedicated exclusively to the area of memory research. With its international and interdisciplinary orientation it represents an exemplary center of excellence for basic and applied research in the humanities.
Center for the Study of the American South
The Center for the Study of the American South extends the historic role of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the world’s premier institution for research, teaching, and public dialogue on the history, culture, and contemporary experience of the southern United States. The Center promotes initiatives in the University's tradition of regional service and scholarship.
NYU Center for Advanced Technology / Media Research Laboratory
Approximately 3,000 images collected from over 300 people are in a searchable archive of family snapshots. More than 250 photo essays exploring how photographs shape our memories are posted in the CV Gallery, the CV Museum, and Positive Visions. You are invited to contribute stories and photographs or create essays inspired by images in the CV archive. Launched in 1996, Collected Visions was conceived and is updated by Lorie Novak. http://cvisions.cat.nyu.edu/
Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies
Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen
The Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies coordinates activities that facilitate interdisciplinary research within the field of cultural memory studies in a cooperation between researchers and graduate students at University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.
The Dynamics of Cultural Remembrance: An Intermedial Perspective
University of Utrecht
Does the medium make the memory? Within the cross-disciplinary field of cultural memory studies this programme focuses on the role played by different media (texts, images, monuments etc) in the evolution and maintenance of ‘memory sites.’ Through a series of interlinked case-studies it examines the interaction of different mnemonic practices over time, the influence of innovations within the media landscape on such practices, and their role in the shaping of social memory.
Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP)
The Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP) is an initiative of the Forschungszentrum für Historische Geisteswissenschaften (FzHG). It brings together people and projects from history, sociology, literature, arts, media studies, psychology, and other relevant disciplines in a dialogue about memory. It wants to shape the future of memory studies by developing and discussing new research questions and new methodologies.
Historical Justice and Memory Network
The Historical Justice and Memory Network is a networking platform for researchers and activists working on issues of historical justice and social and public memory. The website provides information and resources to encourage innovative interdisciplinary, transnational and comparative research. It is housed at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Initiative
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
With strengths in the history of anti-Semitism, Nazism, and the Holocaust as well as memory and representation of genocide and trauma, faculty associated with the Program in Jewish Culture and Society are making the University of Illinois one of the leading sites for research in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. This new program provides a platform for cutting-edge research, teaching, and public engagement.
Holocaust Research Centre
Royal Holloway, University of London
The Research Centre’s mission is to promote research into the Holocaust, its origins and aftermath, and to examine the extent to which genocide, war and dictatorship can be understood as defining elements in the history of the twentieth century. It is an international forum bringing together researchers working on different aspects of the Holocaust in a range of disciplines, including history, literary and language studies, film and media studies, philosophy and sociology.
King's College Cultural Memory Reading Group
King's College London
This recently formed reading group meets fortnightly at King's College London. Organised by Aleksandra Kubica and Sanna Stegmaier, students at the KCL Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries and Department of German respectively, meetings focus on the discussion of texts and projects related to cultural memory in an interdisplinary context, and encourage postgraduate students from various disciplines and universities in London to participate and present their own research. Sessions have included presentations on forgetting and nostalgia, the testimonio literature of Argentinian women writers, public engagement in contemporary Polish-Jewish communities as well as narrative memory in the digital age. Discussions have centred on foundational texts such as Marianne Hirsch’s work on postmemory, Michael Rothberg’s concept of multidirectional memory and Susannah Radstone’s understanding of locatedness in Cultural Memory. Guest speakers have included Katia Pizzi (IMLR, University of London School of Advanced Study) and Jessica Rapson (King’s College London).
Anyone interested in joining the reading group should email Aleksandra Kubica and/or Sanna Stegmaier.
University of Nottingham
Directed by Else Vieira and hosted by the University of Nottingham’s School of Modern Languages. This extensive site gives access to numerous different artefacts from artists’ and activists’ statements to photographs, poems, song lyrics and films exploring landlessness in Brazil. Many of these illuminate the ways in which cultural memories and memorializations of political struggles plus creative articulations of the shared and individual identities of the landless and their supporters marginalized by the country’s dominant landowners, support a rich and focused campaign for redistributive social justice in rural Brazil.
LITRA Centre for Literature and Trauma
Founded in 2007, the Centre for Literature and Trauma (LITRA) at Ghent University brings together scholars from various departments in the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy whose research revolves around traumatic memory and its representation in literary texts.
Luce Program in Individual and Collective Memory
Washington University in St. Louis
The aim of the Luce Program is to provide a forum where processes of individual and cultural memory can be studied as an integral field transcending disciplinary boundaries. The Program includes undergraduate courses, graduate and faculty seminars, as well as workshops and other activities. Click on the links below for more information.
Memory Studies Cluster
University of Salford
The University's research in memory studies originated in Holocaust studies but has come to encompass a wide range of historical periods and events. The research in this cluster focuses on the representation of memory in a variety of texts and contexts, including literature, history, archaeology, autobiography, journalism, cinema, documentary, television, popular music, museums, photography and illustration.
Memory at War: Cultural Dynamics in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine
University of Cambridge
Scholars and practitioners alike have framed the cultural and political transformations in Eastern Europe in terms of a 'transition paradigm,' as a passage from totalitarianism toward a horizon marked by the practices of modern liberal democracy. The Cambridge MAW team seeks to advance the state of the art by developing a 'memory paradigm' that casts the variety of these transformations as differential responses to legacies and traumas of the imperial, Soviet, and national pasts. In real time (2010-2013), the project explores the dynamics of cultural forms of memory and the interactions of these forms inside and across Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. It offers a new metric for measuring the profound changes that these countries have undergone since the collapse of the Soviet bloc and attempts to come to grips with the hidden obstacles populating the cultural field that can obstruct further and deeper changes.
MGFA Militaergeschichtliches Forschungsamt
The Military History Research Institute is the central federal institution for all questions regarding German military history. Our work is based around conducting empirical, archive-based research in accordance with the accepted rules and standards of general historiography. The MGFA considers itself a part of the research community of historians, and counts itself among the non-university affiliated historical research institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany. Our institute fosters cooperation with a large number of research institutes in Germany and abroad and contributes to topical debates among experts in military history. It is firmly anchored in original research, which is of decisive importance to the successful fulfillment of its many tasks.
NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Group
New School for Social Research, University of New York
The NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Group brings together leading scholars in the field and graduate students to break new ground for their specific disciplines, as well as for the memory discourse in general. In the tradition and spirit of the New School for Social Research the NSSR Interdisciplinary Memory Group is devoted to developing a critical debate among the social sciences and humanities around developing new paradigms and analyses of memory.
The Oral History Society
University of Essex
The Oral History Society is a national and international organisation dedicated to the collection and preservation of oral history. It encourages people of all ages to tape, video or write down their own and other people's life stories. It offers practical support and advice about how to get started, what equipment to use, what techniques are best, how to look after tapes, and how to make use of what you have collected. In conjunction with the British Library Sound Archive, it also holds one-day oral history training courses. Through journals and conferences it brings together a network of individuals and local groups from all over Britain and Europe to share ideas, problems and solutions.
Raphael Samuel History Centre
The mission of the RSHC is to promote research in four areas: London history, especially the history of east London and the Thames Gateway region; comparative metropolitan histories; memory studies; and psychoanalytic approaches to history. They create public forums for historical discussion and debate, and are committed to taking history into the wider community through educational and outreach initiatives.
The Raphael Samuel History Centre is a three-way partnership between the University of East London (UEL), Birkbeck, University of London and the Bishopsgate Institute.
Research Centre in Memory, Narrative and Histories
University of Brighton
The Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories is a collaborative, inter-Faculty and interdisciplinary venture at the University of Brighton, bringing together colleagues with a variety of interests and experience involving research on memory, narrative, and histories. The Centre provides a locus of disciplinary and interdisciplinary enquiry involving a wide range of approaches in the humanities and social sciences including, inter alia, history, cultural studies, literary studies, sociology, cultural and human geography, visual studies, performance studies, critical theory, psycho-social studies, and narrative theory.
The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education
Holocaust education at Chapman University has grown from a single course into a distinctive multi-faceted program. The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education is one of only a very few centers in the United States located in and supported by a private university. Chapman University's academic program is augmented by an exceptional co-curricular program, including The "1939" Club Lecture Series, the Schwartz Holocaust Lecture Series, and The "1939" Club's Leopold Page Memorial Righteous Rescuers Lecture Series. These lectures bring to Chapman distinguished scholars, innovative film makers, and inspiring survivors and rescuers of the Holocaust, as well as those who are voices for justice and human rights in our world today. Recent speakers have included "Righteous Among the Nations' Marion von Binsbergen Pritchard; Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was recounted in the film Hotel Rwanda; film makers Daniel Anker; Jon Avnet, Jon Kean, and Pierra Sauvage; Holocaust survivors and witnesses Thomas Blatt, Gerda Weissmann Klein, Curt Lowens, and Leon Leyson, and scholars Dr. Christopher Browning, Dr. Debórah Dwork, Dr. Nechama Tec and Sir Martin Gilbert, among many others. These events are open to the community without charge.
The September 11 Digital Archive
Organized by the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, this project uses electronic media to "collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attack in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and the public responses to them."
TAPAS (Thinking About The Past): Interdisciplinary Forum for Reflection on Our Relation with the Past
TAPAS is a forum which means that there is no single goal, approach or method. The intention is to bring together different approaches and methods rather than propagate one of them.
The Tenement Museum
New York City
We tell the stories of 97 Orchard Street. Built on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants. They faced challenges we understand today: making a new life, working for a better future, starting a family with limited means. In recognizing the importance of this seemingly ordinary building, the Tenement Museum has re-imagined the role that museums can play in our lives.
Centro di studi interdisciplinari su memorie e traumi culturali
University of Bologna
The TRAME Centre is dedicated to the research and study of individual and cultural memory genres, places and representations within conflict and post-conflict situations. In particular, much attention is devoted to violence, collective traumas and the role of forms of testimony in the broader projections of post-conflict issues. The Centre will contribute to debates on memory and memory studies, a field where these different but interconnected subjects are explored. Collective traumas are inscribed in representations, texts, places and spaces through which they are confronted, re-elaborated, described and remembered by a community. On these objects and topics the Centre promotes an interdisciplinary approach and tries to meet a social and cultural needs. Today, abuse of memory, political strategies of control, and the management and resolution of conflicts in intercultural contexts are problems which demand that communities face up to them.
Trauma and Violence: Transdisciplinary Studies
New York University
Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies creates a space for critical inquiry into all of the theoretical, critical, and clinical aspects of the analysis and treatment of trauma, violence, and their aftermath. This new field provides crucial opportunities for students, faculty, and professionals to engage in cross-cutting conversations and collaborative research, which will foster innovation in every field of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as law, policy, and education.