Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies

Launched in Brussels in 2011, Mnemonics is a collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies between the Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies, the Flemish Memory Studies Network, the London Cultural Memory Consortium, the Swedish Memory Studies Network, and programmes at Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), and Columbia University (USA, associate partner). Mnemonics organizes an annual summer school around specific themes in memory studies, which serves as an interactive forum in which junior and senior memory scholars meet in an informal and convivial setting to discuss each other’s work and to reflect on new developments in the field.

Days and Memory

A public forum created by The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies (HGMS), an interdisciplinary program based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 2009 and located within the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, HGMS provides a platform for cutting-edge, comparative research, teaching, and public engagement related to genocide, trauma, and collective memory. HGMS offers a graduate certificate in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies to students registered in a degree-granting program at the University of Illinois, and it organizes conferences, workshops, and lectures that are open to the University of Illinois community and the broader public.

Scales of Memory: Violence, (In)Justice and Dynamics of Remembrance

This symposium is offered in collaboration with the Network in Transnational Memory Studies and supported by ANU’s Research School of Humanities & the Arts and College of Arts and Social Science. The title ‘scales of memory’ alludes to the idea of ‘scales of justice’, and the discourses of justice and human rights in shaping collective memory in local, national and transnational contexts. It also invokes issues of ‘scalarity’ – that is, relations between the scales on which events are remembered – from the personal to the national, global and planetary. The conference is particularly interested in how violence and injustice are remembered and mediated both in aesthetic forms (film, literature, photography) and through juridical and quasi-juridical institutions and forms (NG0s, transitional justice mechanisms and apologies).

Human Rights and Memory

Held in 2014, this was the fourth annual conference of the Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network, coordinated under the auspices of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. The Network is a joint initiative of the Historical Justice and Memory Research Network (HJMRN) at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, and Columbia University’s Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA), at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR).

Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform

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. The activities of the FMSP revolve around three main research lines: Transcultural Memory, the Mediality of Memory, and Memory and Narrative.

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