POMBeijingThink-in

Global Think-in: Facing History Squarely

The Politics of War Memory in East Asia and Elsewhere

October 15, 2015 · 6:00PM-8:00PM

Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, Beijing

Panelists discussed the politics of memory of World War II in this seventieth anniversary year in domestic and geopolitical perspectives. Each panelist made a 7-minute introductory statement, which was then followed by a discussion among the panelists, moderated by Gluck, and finished with some questions from the audience.

  • Narita Ryuichi, Japan Women’s University, on Japan
  • Bu Ping, Chinese Academy of Social Science, on China
  • Li Zonguan, Museum of the War of Chinese People’s Resistance against Japanese Aggression, on China
  • Jie-hyun Lim, Sogang University, on Poland
  • Valerie Rosoux, Louvain University, on the EU
  • Carol Gluck (moderator), Columbia University

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POMBeijingWorkshop

Workshop: Nations and their Pasts

October 16, 2015 · 10:00AM-2:00PM

Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, Beijing

Each speaker gave a 20-minute presentation, which focused on national histories and their transnational challenges and opportunities. The presentations were given by:

  • Jie-hyun Lim, National Histories in East Asia
  • Iwasaki Minoru, Japan and its Non-memory of its Colonial Past
  • Umemori Naoyuki, Opportunities for Transitional Justice in East Asia
  • Valerie Rosoux, Memory in Rwanda
  • Hou Chunyan, Chinese History on Exhibit
  • Armelle Viard,  Autobiographical Memory and Future Thinking
  • Daniel Dayan,  Witnessing and its Discontents
  • Carol Gluck (moderator), Columbia University

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About the Politics of Memory in Global Context

Bringing together scholars of memory from the social sciences and humanities, cognitive science and neuroscience, and curators of historical and memorial museums to examine the politics and cultures of memory.

Politics of Memory in Global Context bannerThe Politics of Memory in Global Context is a Franco-American collaborative project that brings together scholars in the social sciences and humanities who work on collective or public memory; cognitive scientists, psychologists, and neuroscientists who work on individual memory; and curators of historical and memorial museums who present the past to the public.  The main museum partners are the Mémorial de Caen, the national World War II museum in France, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York.

Led by Professor Carol Gluck at Columbia, the project combines diverse disciplinary approaches and insists on considering its topics comparatively in global context in order to discern commonalities among them,  develop new analytic perspectives on the formation and operation of public memory, and  suggest policies for better political management of divisive memories within and between countries.

Learn more about the Politics of Memory in Global Context.