How do physical and emotional harms impact memory?
How does coming to terms with the past shape narratives and strategies of memorialization, monuments, and museums?
What is the relationship between memorializing of the past on behalf of victims and narrating the past for the sake of the present?
Given the fact that memory is usually inseparable from internal conflict, how can people in the present resolve their internal conflict about the past?
What are the psychological resources available to dealing with trauma? How can we remember without homogenizing histories and idolizing seamless heritages?
How does memory shape the future of an individual or a group?
Which or whose memory makes our future possible, open, and hopeful?
Can trans-generational memory transform uninhabitable places and difficult times that were weighted down by haunting legacies and conflicted heritages?
Can succeeding generations remember human possibility without redemptive consolations of victory marches, monuments, museums, and other conventional ways of generating “cheap grace?”
The academic context: developments and newly emerging fields of shared questions in Holocaust Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Genocide Studies, East European Studies, Memory Studies, and Trauma Studies.
The public context: memory at war, representations of memory, contested sites of museums, memorials, monuments, memoirs, and public discourses.
The cultural context: the memory of the victims, readings of the past that shape our present and future, liberating narratives and movements in art, architecture, literature, performance, and theory.