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]


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Chandra Muzaffar – Mengenang Dimensi Politik Syed Hussein Alatas

Syed Hussein Alatas merupakan antara pemikir penting di Malaysia. Sumbangan beliau tidak terbatas dalam kajian akademik, malah beliau turut menyumbang kepada ideologi politik yang berasaskan etika dan moral yang tinggi. Bertitik tolak dari kesungguhannya untuk menyuburkan semangat intelektual dalam politik, Syed Hussein Alatas telahpun berkecimpung dalam dua gelanggang politik: GERAKAN dan PEKEMAS. Di dalam GERAKAN, beliau bersama-sama dengan dua pemikir penting lain, Syed Naquib Al-Attas dan Wang Gungwu, telah menjadi antara tonggak awal semasa penubuhan parti tersebut.

Naratif Malaysia: Sebuah Tugas Pengumpulan

Perlu kita sedari bahawa tukang kumpul pada awalnya tidak mempunyai motivasi asas pengumpulannya, selain daripada motivasi ringkas seperti minat, hiburan atau apa-apa saja kebetulan. Malah, peringkat awal seorang tukang kumpul adalah dipenuhi dengan ketidaktahuan, ketidakpastian dan kekaburan. Pepatah menyatakan, ignorance is bliss, maka begitu juga dengan tukang kumpul yang permulaan pengumpulannya bermula dengan “initial blindness.” Bahkan, kita boleh pergi lebih jauh dengan menyatakan tradisi kumpul-mengumpul ini sebagai “the basic of human feature”; yang membezakannya hanyalah apa benda yang dikumpul dan apa makna benda yang dikumpulkannya.

Interview with Sharifah Munirah Alatas: Syed Hussein Alatas, Political Career and His Attitude Towards Politics

We, his children, saw what politics and politicking did to our father, and it was cruel. But we will offer our help, by educating, spreading the social democratic ideals of our father, to continue applying his ideas to current politics and society, and to help in transforming the backward mindset that exists in the nation. We are also committed to our respective scholarships because it is counter-productive to separate politics from intellectual pursuits. Most of all, we will persist in exposing the ignorant and unethical attitude towards intellectuals and scholarly pursuits, which is the fundamental reason why our political development can never be holistic and sustainable.

[Pendaftaran] Mengenang Syed Hussein Alatas: Peranan Intelektual dalam Politik

Syed Hussein Alatas merupakan antara pemikir penting di Malaysia. Sumbangan beliau tidak terbatas dalam kajian akademik, malah beliau turut menyumbang kepada ideologi politik yang berasaskan etika. Ini terbukti tatkala Syed Hussein Alatas mengambil keputusan berkecimpung dalam dua gelanggang politik: GERAKAN dan PEKEMAS. Di dalam GERAKAN, beliau bersama-sama dengan dua pemikir penting lain, Syed Naquib Al-Attas dan Wang Gungwu, telah menjadi antara tonggak awal semasa penubuhan parti tersebut.

Luhmann and Morality: A Reflection on the Sociology of Amorality

“Are we born with a moral code?” is the title of CNN’s article on February 14, 2014. The content of the article, including its video, inform us that babies can actually distinguish between good and evil, even as young as 3 months old. The research was conducted by Yale University’s Infant Cognition Center, also known as “The Baby Lab”. The researchers claim that babies are in fact born with an innate sense of morality. Nevertheless, they said, their parents and society can play a role in developing a belief system in babies.