Working group 1 - The Politics of Memory
WG1 will take stock of the demands and claims on memory raised by national actors targeting international (i.e. Council of Europe) and supranational (i.e. EU) institutions. It will seek to identify patterns of behaviour among actors and map out the eventual emerging structure of international and supranational policies of memory. It will also discuss whether these policies and actions have constructed a politically guided common memory within Europe.
Working group 2 - Memory in Mass Communication
WG2 takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to the question of media and memory. Research has shown that that mediation is a crucial factor in the formation of collective memory. It is only through media representation (orality, writing, image, for example) that ideas about the past are shaped, disseminated, and shared. The interplay of a wide range of media genres (reports, photographs, memoirs, novels) and the operation of different media platforms (print, television, internet) play a key role. What hasvbeen studied less, but what seems to be crucial for the understanding of the ‘travelling’ of memory within the European cultural space, is the role played by mediation in the transfer and translation of images and stories about the past across national and cultural-linguistic borders. This working group addresses these questions focusing on the transmission of memory images and narratives across cultures in Europe and the (inter-)medial processes of translation, adaptation and appropriation involved.
Working group 3 - Memory and Migration
WG3 studies memory transmittance and patterns of memory communication and remediation in connection to migrating memory communities spread across several cultures (e.g. Bosniak emigrant networks; Roma and Sinti travelling communities; Turkish and Kurdish diaspora across Europe). An essential aspect of this is the ways in which such communities employ practices of ‘cultural translation’ in memory transmission. The Working Group will explore the strategies of inclusion and exclusion that various national/ ethnic groups /diasporas and their leaders employ: who is silenced, who is incited to speak; what kind of collective memories are remembered and told; how are a given group’s ethnic /national culture battles and/or political struggle rendered to others.
WG 1 The Politics of Memory (leaders prof. Carlos Closa Montero and prof. Georges Mink)
WG 2 Memory in Mass Communication (leaders prof. Astrid Erll and prof. Ann Rigney)
WG 3 Memory and Migration (leaders prof. Barbara Misztal and prof. John Sundholm)