It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead.
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Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us.
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I remember about the bread. It simply files things away.
It keeps things for you, or hides things from you—and summons them to your recall with will of its own. Over the last 20 years memory studies has transitioned from a small research niche at the intersection of a number of humanities and social science disciplines to a rich and broad subfield with its own journal, multiple professional associations, and considerable influence in the various fields from media and communications to History.
In many ways the field has moved apace, engaging with the implications of rapidly shifting communications technology for the character and quality of contemporary engagements with the past, the role of memory postcolonial societies, and mobilisation in troubled political times. Nevertheless some of the earliest intellectual challenges which early theorisations of social and cultural remembering grappled with remain very much alive and troublesome in contemporary memory studies research.
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In this talk I would like to address three such interconnected challenges and, using examples from my own current research project Migrant memory and the Postcolonial Imagination, think through the ways in which we might address them in contemporary work. These are issues of memory transmission over time and over space.
In relation to the first of these challenges, I will consider how the movement of memories through time has been conceived, particularly in relation to mnemonic transmission across and between social scales, from the individual to the collective to the cultural. In doing so I will consider the limitations and elisions in accounts of movements of memory over time and go on to consider how the concept of the mnemonic imagination might help to address some of these issues. At the same time mobility and movement has become increasingly central to contemporary understandings of memory and remembering practices.
Concepts such as transnational, transcultural and multidirectional memory have been used to explain the ways in which memories embedded in cultural forms move over time and space and in doing so how they shape contemporary social and personal identities. However we still have a relatively limited understanding of a what happens to memories as it moves across space and b how to understand these spatial movements as always also temporal in character.
I will propose that we need to think more in terms of mnemonic trajectories to address the ways in which memories move across time and space, particularly under the conditions of late modernity which are so marked by social and cultural dynamics of mobility and immobility.