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Memory Studies Association (MSA)

The MSA aims to be a professional association for Memory Studies scholars, as well as those who are active in museums, memorial institutions, archives, the arts and other fields engaged in remembrance. The objective is to become the most important forum for the memory field – both through an annual, international and interdisciplinary conference and through a strong online presence.

Memory studies has grown considerably over the past decade, but does not yet have many clearly designated venues for people from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds to exchange ideas and to learn from each others’ theoretical, methodological and empirical approaches. Moreover, questions surrounding remembering are being investigated around the world, but there is too little interaction (and thus, often a lack of understanding) between various places. We hope to change this by actively identifying and inviting scholars and practitioners who are thus far underrepresented in existing scholarly networks. Finally, the MSA seeks to foster politically and civically engaged scholarship by publicly voicing concerns about political uses of the past.

Network in Transnational Memory Studies (NITMES)

The purpose of NITMES is to find new ways of conceptualising and studying cultural memory beyond the framework of the nation-state so as to provide tools for understanding identity and heritage that are better fitted to the entanglements of the contemporary world. NITMES is particularly concerned with the role of media and the arts in the emergence and dissemination of ‘travelling’ narratives and commemorative practices. Our ambition is to link these cultural processes to social mobilisation within and across national borders.

Participants: Utrecht University (Netherlands); University of Konstanz (Germany); Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany); Australian National University Canberra; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA); and University of Lund (Sweden)

(Funded by the Dutch research council [NWO] and by the participant institutions)

Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies

MNEMONICS is a collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies.

Participants: the Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies; the Swedish Memory Studies Network; Ghent University (Belgium); Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany); Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA); and Columbia University (USA, associate partner)

In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe (ISTME)

COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology: This Action aims to go beyond the nationally oriented memory studies that tend to reify the bond between culture, nation and memory. Instead we investigate the transcultural dynamics of memory in Europe today.

Historical Dialogues, Justice, and Memory Network

(Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, New York City)

Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM)

(Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London)

Centre for Studies in Memory and Literature

(University of Iceland)

Cultural Memory Studies Initiative

(Ghent University)

Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The Initiative’s blog: Days and Memory

Irish Memory Studies Network

(University College Dublin, Humanities Institute)