Centre of Memory Studies
The Centre (research group) of Memory Studies was established around the project Stories of Places: Topography of the Nation’s Memory. In 2019, its members completed the documentation and research of the places of memory capturing the process of formation of memories of the Communist rule during the thirty years since the fall of the Communist regime, and organized a conference dedicated to the memory of Communism on a European scale on the occasion of the thirties anniversary. The Centre of Memory Studies intends to make use of and follow on, inter alia, the project’s results.
Within the conceptual and methodological framework of memory studies, the Centre focuses on research of historical memory and its manifestations and forms. It does not intend to purposefully enter the field of research of individual historical memory, which is the object of ethnological or oral history studies, although it uses results of the above and many other borderline disciplines. The primary object of the Centre’s scientific interest is, first and foremost, the collective, aggregated historical memory, the forms, manifestations, and changes of how it is generated, reflected and presented in the real, virtual and media public space. The Centre’s activities will abide by research and ethical codes as laid down in principles of the Memory Studies Association.
Between 2011 and 2015, the “Stories of places: topography of the nation’s current memory” project was supported by the Ministry of Culture under the “Applied Research and Experimental Developments of National and Cultural Identity” programme. Its continuation is included in the “Strategy AV 21: Europe and the state: between barbarism and civilization” programme.
The CMS intends to focus, in cooperation with Slovak colleagues, on comparative research of the collective memory in post-war Czechoslovakia, the purpose being to verify an initial hypothesis on different perceptions of the common (Communist) past by the Czech and the Slovak societies.
At the same time, the Centre intends to continue devoting its attention to the phenomenon of post-Communist memory and its comparison within a broad transnational context, and to become involved in the international “Post-Socialist Memory in a Global Perspective” project organized by the Memory Studies Association.