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Memory and Culture

Key questions:

  • What is memory?

  • How do memory and culture interact?

  • What is the role of memory studies in today's society? And in the academic sphere?

Theme summary

The Memory and Culture sub-theme seeks to bring together researchers working on ‘memory’ in its broadest form, and aims to reflect the breadth and depth of current research at Warwick. Researchers span many disciplines and departments and explore memory in a variety of settings:

• In Theatre Studies , current research examines the importance of collective memory and rites of passage in Africa and the impact of memory in Balkan theatre.
• Research in the School of Modern Languages focuses on memory in national and transnational contexts. In French, research is conducted into the effects of the Holocaust on French collective memory, while in German the Holocaust and the Second World War are the subject of considerable academic work. Colleagues in Hispanic Studies examine how war and dictatorship have shaped memory in Spain and across the Hispanic world.
• In the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, current work examines the importance of media and memory in a Brazilian context, while research also considers how developing memories of flooding/ watery sense of place can be supported, developed and enhanced by agencies charged with development of flood risk management policies. Further work examines the importance of memory and traditions in the Travelling community.
• The Department of History reflects the diversity of approach undertaken throughout the Faculty, with notable current projects including research into memory in contemporary Eastern Europe and memories of slavery.
• In Sociology research into memory includes the effect of postcolonial memory in a transnational context and the sociology of collective memory and history.



Get in Touch!

Theme-lead: Dr Joanne Garde-Hansen (Theatre Studies)
Email: J dot Garde-Hansen at warwick dot ac dot uk


The podcast and video for Prof Aleida Assmann's 2016 guest lecture on "Transnational Memories" are online now - click here!