Working at the frontiers of political science, philosophy, history, law, literature and cinema, this interdisciplinary project led by Mihaela Mihai has both critical and institutional impact. Critically, it discloses the limits of current Transitional Justice theory and practice by emphasising the negative political effects of ignoring general complicity in violence. Institutionally, it seeks to enrich the toolkit of scholars and practitioners by highlighting the potential use of cinema and literature in civic education aimed at deterrence and reconciliation.

Scientific association “Justice: Memory, Narration and Culture (JUSMENACU)”

The Scientific Association Justice: Memory, Narration and Culture (JUSMENACU) was born around a project: to elaborate a theory of justice that really takes into account and relates the temporal, spatial and narrative dimensions as well as cultural diversity.

European Observatory on Memories

The EUROM wants to create a multidisciplinary and transversal network on memories. Its aim is to observe and analyse how memory policies are developed in Europe. The main objectives of the EUROM are to promote interdisciplinary research and academic activities related to the construction of public memory, contribute to the analysis and management of the politics of memory, and influence in the right of citizens to use and interpret the memorial heritage.

Centre for Popular Memory

The Centre for Popular Memory (CPM) is an oral history based, research, advocacy and archival centre located at the University of Cape Town. We record and disseminate peoples’ stories to expand the democratizing possibilities of public history. The CPM trains students and organizations in oral/ visual history research, theory and forms of public representation; and runs a publicly accessible multi-lingual archive that contains over 3000 hours of audio and video.

Memory at war: Cultural Dynamics in Poland, Russia and Ukraine

Scholars and practitioners alike have framed the cultural and political transformations in Eastern Europe in terms of a ‘transition paradigm,’ as a passage from totalitarianism toward a horizon marked by the practices of modern liberal democracy. The Cambridge MAW team seeks to advance the state of the art by developing a ‘memory paradigm’ that casts the variety of these transformations as differential responses to legacies and traumas of the imperial, Soviet, and national pasts. In real time (2010-2013), the project explores the dynamics of cultural forms of memory and the interactions of these forms inside and across Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. It offers a new metric for measuring the profound changes that these countries have undergone since the collapse of the Soviet bloc and attempts to come to grips with the hidden obstacles populating the cultural field that can obstruct further and deeper changes.

Centre for Genocide and Holocaust Studies

The Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (CHGS) is an independent academic resource institution dedicated to educating all sectors of society about the Holocaust and other genocides. CHGS relies on your generous support to help us maintain and create our internationally recognized resources and programs.

The dynamics of cultural remembrance: an intermedial perspective

Does the medium make the memory? Within the cross-disciplinary field of cultural memory studies this programme focuses on the role played by different media (texts, images, monuments etc) in the evolution and maintenance of ‘memory sites.’ Through a series of interlinked case-studies it examines the interaction of different mnemonic practices over time, the influence of innovations within the media landscape on such practices, and their role in the shaping of social memory.

Proyecto Recuperación Memoria Histórica en Extremadura

The Proyecto para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica en Extremadura (PREMHEx) was created in order to  spread the information about the repressive consequences of the Civil War and Francoism in Extremadura. Their work consists in the identification of the names of the victims of repression, the exhumations of mass graves in the entire region, or the publication of their work and the organization of academic events about this past. The search engine on their website has been useful to many who had asked the project for help in order to get more information about disappeared persons.

Núcleo de Estudios sobre Memoria

Núcleo de Estudios sobre Memoria brings together researchers and teachers interested in tackling memory studies from an academic perspective, putting an emphasis on Cono Sur and Latin American countries. They organize regular meetings in the Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social (IDES) in Buenos Aires, where they discuss and debate about projects, research documents and theoretical works from the group members as well as other invited researchers.

Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts: ‘Transitional Justice’ and the Legal Shaping of Memory after Two Modern Conflicts

The project: “Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts: ‘Transitional Justice’ and the Legal Shaping of Memory after Two Modern Conflicts.” Funded by the European Research Council for a period of 4 years (2009-2013), the project investigates through detailed ethnographic case studies, how legal activity has influenced efforts at peace-building and social reconciliation after the Yugoslav conflicts of the 1990’s and the Spanish civil war respectively. In so doing, it also pioneers an Anthropology of ‘Transitional Justice’, Peace-building and International Relations more generally, through the lens of Legal Anthropology.