History and Memory Research Hub

The History and Memory Research Hub brings together researchers and postgraduate students from The University of Melbourne, as well as local and international scholars, who are working on memory studies. Memory studies is an interdisciplinary field of study and constitutes a major area of contemporary scholarly engagement. It is concerned with the ways in which relationships between the past and present are articulated in the present.

While previous approaches to the topic were centred on the West, over the last ten years the field has increasingly been populated by studies of sites of commemoration and memories of violence in Asia, Eastern Europe and post-Soviet spaces. These studies have served to de-centralise memory studies, and simultaneously to enrich it with reflections on how different cultures deal with different pasts, at different points in time. This Hub aims to provide a focal point for the vibrant and stimulating work that is being conducted within the University and beyond, across a wide range of geographical and cultural contexts.

Coordinator: Professor Kate Darian-Smith

Leading staff: Professor Antonia Finnane, Dr Julie Fedor, and Associate Professor Kate McGregor

Events

Tuesday 4 – Wednesday 5 April 2017: Remembering Migration: Oral Histories and Memory Practices Workshop The Japanese Room, Level 4, Melbourne School of Design (Building No. 133), The University of Melbourne

This workshop will explore both the individual and collective narratives of migration, that is, how the individual experience or a group of individual experiences might speak to the broader processes of remembering. 

Convened by Professor Kate Darian-Smith (University of Melbourne) and Professor Paula Hamilton (University of Technology, Sydney)

Sponsored by the History and Memory Research Hub (School of Historical and Philosophical Studies); the Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH); and the Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia ARC Linkage Grant (LP150100202)

Download the Remembering Migration Programme (206kb pdf)

Past events

24 February 2017: War and Memory Workshop 

This one-day workshop explored the connections between war, monuments and memorials, and the history of emotions. The event was supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions; the SHAPS Manchester-Melbourne scheme; and the History and Memory Research Hub.

12-13 November 2015: International workshop on 'Emotions and Memory: Humiliation and Dignity in Asian, Australian and European Memories of Violence'

This international workshop set out to compare national practices of remembering violent pasts through a focus on the emotions linked to humiliation and dignity and the ways in which these are used for political and identity-making purposes.

4 September 2015: Public lecture: 'Transgenerational Memory: Transnational Narratives'

Associate Professor Amal Treacher Kabesh from the University of Nottingham delivered a lecture entitled Transgenerational Memory: Transnational Narratives.

4 September 2015: PhD and ERC Masterclass: 'Memory and Methods'

Susannah Radstone introduced discussion on researching cultural texts including film and literature and Paula Hamilton reflected on researching personal and autobiographical memory through oral histories and family stories. This workshop gave ECRs and PhD students working in any humanities or social science area of the field an opportunity to discuss issues related to their objects and methods of study.

4 September 2015: Symposium: 'Memory: Migration, Reconciliation and the Emotions'

A streamed symposium from the second meeting of the Australian Memory Research Network.

Download the symposium events report (70kb pdf)