Politics of Memory in Global Context

The 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.

This project is supported by funds from the Committee on Global Thought, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), MATRICE, Mémorial de Caen, ANR (French National Research Agency), heSam (Le Pôle de recherche d’enseignement supérieur, Hautes études – Sorbonne – Arts et Métiers), INA (L’Institute national de l’Audiovisuel), Alliance Program (Columbia University, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University) and Institut Européen Emmanuel Levinas.

Recent Events


GLOBAL THINK-IN: “Facing History Squarely: The Politics of War Memory in East Asia and Elsewhere

Oct. 15, 2015 with Narita Ryuichi, Charles K. Armstrong, Bu Ping, Li Zonguan, Jie-hyun Lim, Valerie Rosoux, and Carol Gluck (Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, Beijing).

Workshop: “Nations and their Pasts

Oct. 16, 2015 with Jie-hyun Lim, Iwasaki Minoru, Umemori Naoyuki, Valerie Rosoux, Hou Chunyan, Armelle Viard, Daniel Dayan, and Carol Gluck (Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, Beijing).