This project belongs to the following research constellations:
Staff: Frank Huysmans, Frank van Vree, Eric Ketelaar, Ieme van der Poel, Pamela Pattynama, José van Dijck, Lisa Kuitert, Marie-Aude Baronian, Julia Noordegraaf, Nanci Adler, Marieke Bloembergen, Nathalie Scholz , Sophie Berrebi, Desirée Schyns
While museums, theme parks, re-enactment societies, historical novels and movies, cultural tours, antiquity markets and genealogical records attract more attention than ever before, cultural critics, philosophers and historians argue that we live in a culture of amnesia, and that historical consciousness is losing ground in western civilisation. The paradox seems to indicate that we are experiencing a process of structural change of social memory and historical culture, which overthrows ideas, concepts and hierarchies rooted in modern western culture of the eighteenth century. In this process, individual and collective memories are becoming increasingly intertwined with (and reliant on) media data and technologies. This project addresses the role of media in the way we remember past events and construct notions of self and community, trying to understand what forces and trends are determining our perception and conception of the past. We will welcome both theoretical, national (Dutch) and transnational perspectives on this theme.
The project will deal with the following issues: