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‘Here I Write about Myeself’: Exploring Memory Studies

Author(s): Maria Kobielska
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Social Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Social psychology and group interaction, Politics of History/Memory, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: memory studies; engagement; engaged humanities

Summary/Abstract: What might motivate a researcher in cultural studies to explore memory in an engaged way, how can such engagement be legitimized, and what might be its consequences? Kobielska draws on broader debates on commitment in the humanities in order to describe the most frequent responses to questions about the permissibility of such engagement. She also points out why researchers’ responses might be inadequate, especially when applied to particularly sensitive, problematic and political areas of interest in the humanities today. Examining the specificity of commitment in the field of memory studies, Kobielska classifies ways of understanding the engagement of a person who studies memory, taking into account the fact that this researcher will be both a user of the culture of memory she studies and at the same time a critic, an activist in the field of memory, a moderator and facilitator of social and cultural processes of remembering.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 393-404
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish