[Humanist] 26.720 memory projects?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Jan 27 12:04:44 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 720.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:08:33 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: critical, self-reflective memory projects?

I would very much appreciate recommendations of online memory projects 
in which close attention has been paid to the affordances provided for 
individual users to do memory work, including the formation and moulding 
of postmemories (Hirsch) and the making of personal narratives. I would 
be particularly grateful for pointers to projects in which design and 
critique have been published and reflected on. Who has gone beyond 
putting stuff online and indexing it? Where and how have they gone 

In Cahal McLaughlin's call for a PhD student to work on the Prison 
Memory Archive (http://prisonsmemoryarchive.com/, Humanist 26.712), he 
speaks of

> the methodological challenge of designing the most appropriate
> interactive software so that users will become co-creators of
> narratives and meanings, rather than simply be exposed to a linear
> documentary. By involving users as editors and by offering pathways
> that integrate varied and contrasting memories, the software
> encourages a witnessing of the ‘other’ experiences, which is crucial
> in addressing the legacy of a conflicted past and will be of use in
> other post conflict societies.

This looks to me like the beginning of something very important. I want 
to find more of the same, especially if it is accompanied by commentary.

Many thanks.


Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Humanities and Communication Arts,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist (dhhumanist.org);

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