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Research Projects and Collaborations

My most recent book Mediating Memory in the Museum. Empathy, Trauma, Nostalgia (October, 2013) probes the shifts in exhibiting practices associated with the transformation of history and heritage museums into ‘spaces of memory’. The processes of memory transfer and their ethical, political and aesthetic implications are at the core of my research. I am especially interested in the role of different media and art forms in the transmission of memory and in questions of their gendering. The case studies have been chosen to allow for a comparative approach to concepts of ‘prosthetic’ memory, empathy, trauma and nostalgia with the aim of identifying transnational tendencies as well as culturally diverse responses.

Like Cultural Studies, Memory Studies is a truly interdisciplinary field and the research collaborations I was able to foster over the last few years span different disciplines:

I have been a member of the British Academy International Partnership and Mobility (IPM) Scheme “Commemoration, New Audiences and Spaces of Memory in Latin America’s Southern Cone: Trans-cultural Dialogues in the Wake of Loss" which fosters exchange between UK scholars specializing in memory studies, performance and trauma theory with academics, human rights practitioners, artists and curators working on memory sites in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

As part of an AHRC funded Research Network I have worked together with academics and museum practitioners to understand how silence, empathy and memory interact in museums and at historic sites.

In cooperation with Professor Jens Andermann (Zürich University), I published the proceedings of a one-day conference on ‘Memory, Community and the New Museum’ as special issues in Theory, Culture & Society and the Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society (see publications).