Why Memory Studies?

As an all-encompassing sociocultural phenomenon, memory plays an important role in various areas of social practice. The calendar of commemorations –national, religious, ethnic– seems to be ever-increasing. Remembering and forgetting are major themes in contemporary literature and art. Memory enjoys practically top billing in daily and weekly newspapers. It has become a controversial topic in politics and the public sphere (in the context of phrases such as ‘national tradition’, ‘Holocaust memory’, or ‘truth and reconciliation’). And memory even occupies us in our free time, in the form of thriving heritage industry. [Astrid Erll, Memory in Culture]


Recent Posts


Hegel, Geuss and Benjamin: The Continuity and Discontinuity of History

This paper aims to study two opposite views of the concept of history, namely; historical idealism versus historical realism. In definition, I regard historical idealism as having a normative and single universal form of society, whereas historical realism leans toward judgement or assessment of society according to its situational contexts.

Naratif: Antara “Apa” dengan “Mengapa”

Makna, sama seperti tenaga, sama seperti naratif, memang takkan mati. Ia hanya berubah bentuk bergantung kepada olahan, pementasan dan daya pengaktifan semasanya. Bak kata Carrithers (1991), “narrativity allow humans to grasp a longer past.”

Reconsidering Jeffrey Alexander’s Cultural Trauma Theory

According to Jeffrey Alexander, reference to events is not significant to trauma creation. What matters to him, is the representation. We might ask ourselves following this: representation of what? For Alexander, “Events are not inherently traumatic. Trauma is a socially mediated attribution” (2012: 13).

Langkah Sheraton: Perspektif Khalid Jaafar

Wawancara ini merupakan sebahagian daripada projek penyelidikan berkenaan dengan politik performatif dengan mengambil peristiwa Langkah Sheraton sebagai kajian kes. Khalid Jaafar, dari Institut Kajian Dasar (IKD), membaca peristiwa ini menerusi perspektif hubungan antara kebetulan (individu) dengan strategi (struktur).

Ruang: Fungsi-fungsinya

Ruang dan makna adalah dua dimensi yang mesti dipertimbangkan secara serentak bagi menghasilkan suatu pengamatan yang bersifat kebelakaan (holistic). Keupayaan untuk menghasilkan suatu pengamatan sosial dan budaya yang luas dan mendalam adalah amat dipengaruhi oleh peranan ruang.