|The dynamics of cultural remembrance: an
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.
- what is the relationship between the use of particular
media and the formation of ‘memory communities’?
- what happens to existing mnemonic practices when a new
technology (photography, film, internet) becomes available?
- what happens to a historical topic as it passes from one
medium to another (say, from fictional and non-fictional
stories, to photos, to monuments, to commemorative
ceremonies, to souvenirs?);
- when do memory sites die out?
This project is part of Transnational Memories, one of the
four research lines within Utrecht University's research focus
Cultures & Identities.