• Rebecca Dolgoy (Postdoctoral Fellowship ICSLAC)
  • Emily Putnam (Cultural Mediations PhD Student)

Memory Studies is an increasingly transnational discipline: people, images, practices, and ideas move beyond and between borders. However, scholars have begun questioning the ethics of the proliferation of these transnational memory practices and their accompanying discourses. Our project is examining the ethics of these transnational lenses and practices in our local/national environment. Our program explores intersections. Among our activities for the 2019 is a partnership with The Carleton Centre for Public History, with whom we are collaborating on the Cultural Memory Workshops.

Our participants have started preliminary work on building bibliographies and potential course syllabi that engage with Memory Studies both from transnational and from the situated settler-colonial contexts. This material will be made available in the future. In addition, several of our research project participants (Rebecca Dolgoy, Jerzy Elżanowski, and Marie-Catherine Allard) attended the Memory Studies Association 2019 Conference in Madrid. Not only did they present on their research, but they participated in several working groups. Rebecca co-organized the Methodologies Workshop with local scholars and community partners, and co-founded the Methodologies Working Group. Our Carleton-based collection of scholars will also begin working with the nascent MSA Canada in order to cultivate and support Canada-based research and public engagement in Memory Studies.

Spearheaded by Emily Putnam, one of our project coordinators, the CTCA has also partnered with the Ottawa Japanese Canadian Association in order to facilitate the development of a community exhibition that explores transgenerational memory and community activism in relation to redress campaign. This project will be displayed in CUAG from September 2019-January 2020, alongside the forthcoming Sites of Memory: Legacies of Japanese Canadian Internment, curated by Emily. More information and material will be posted in the upcoming months