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Memories in education

Over the past two decades memory studies has emerged as a wide and interdisciplinary field of studies. Anthropologists, historians, political scientists, psychologists and sociologists have all studied the psychological and social dimensions of memory. They have also debated the importance of memory for the construction of identities and for political struggles around recognition and belonging. In all this work remembering and forgetting is not simply an object of academic enquiry but a form of politics at the centre of debates about subjectivity, education, social relations and the state.

Domus devoting its seminar series for 2015-16 to the theme of memory. In doing so, it continues to investigate the possibilities of interdisciplinary studies of education and new ways of working. As well as exploring intellectual debates about the meaning and significance of memory, it aimed to investigate some of the wider contexts and constituencies where memory is salient. In doing so Domus was delighted to work with a range of partners including AHRC Voices of War and Peace Engagement Centre, Birmingham City Council (Birmingham Heritage Week), Caroline Benn Society, the Institute of German Studies and the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (all at the University of Birmingham) and the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany.