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.

The Politics of Memory in Global Context is a Franco-American collaborative series of workshops which examined the politics and culture of public memory by bringing together scholars of memory from the social sciences and humanities, cognitive science and neuroscience, and curators of historical and memorial museums.

Led by Professor Carol Gluck, with the support of Associate Research Scholar Brigitte Sion, Denis Peschanski of CNRS and Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Yves Burnod of Université Paris VI – Pierre and Marie Curie, the scope embraced a transnational framework for even the most local and individual of memories. Transdisciplinary conversations juxtaposed memories differing in place and event to discern commonalities and develop new analytic perspectives on the formation and operation of public memory today. The project’s goal is to reconceive our understanding of the way different societies manage their national pasts in the global present.

This research initiative was the result of a cooperative Franco-American partnership:

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In the News

“Columbia Global Centers: Istanbul and Amman to Host Global Think-ins”

Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought is going on the road again this month, taking its Global Think-Ins to Istanbul and Amman to extend the conversation about the national and international political tensions in public memory. The Think-In series is part of the committee’s project The Politics of Memory in Global Context, now in its fifth year led by historian Carol Gluck, Columbia’s George Sansom Professor of History and professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures. The events in Istanbul and Amman follow the first international Think-In the committee held in Paris in January at Columbia Global Centers | Europe, “Remembering Across Time: Psychological Studies of the Two World Wars in Transgenerational Memory.” Click here for to read the full article.

Upcoming Events

“Facing History Squarely”

(Oct. 16, 2015) with Narita Ryūichi, Sun Ge, Jie-Hyun Lim, Richard Rechtman, Rachel Rosenblum, Carol Gluck, Denis Peschanski, and Brigitte Sion (Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, Beijing).