Irish Memory Studies Network

From the public commemoration of historic events to private memoirs of childhood, modern culture seems obsessed with the remembrance of things past. The increasing focus on memory studies as a distinct field of research is a response to the dominance of the past in literatures and cultures. In Ireland, this is not a new phenomenon; representations of the past have always been an integral element of how the nation is imagined and framed. Given these traditions, and the particular emphasis of Irish remembrance culture on loss, how can we use the discipline of memory studies to read Irish history and culture? Can we talk of national memory and, if so, can we read it in the context of global memory banks? Should we be reading the past under the sign of trauma? And are the events of the past to be resolved through commemoration or will they – should they – remain as provocative elements of our present?

This Network arises from the emergence of memory studies, and trauma studies, as critically important discourses in understanding culture and society. Whether discussing the recent past or more distant histories, our conversations are marked by an interrogation of what and how we remember; what and how we choose to commemorate; and what we forget.

The Irish Memory Studies Network is hosted by the UCD Humanities Institute and represents a key strand of the Institute’s research infrastructure. The Network aims to open up a critical dialogue across multidisciplinary aspects of, and international contexts for, memory studies, with a view to generating discussion across disciplinary boundaries and, it is hoped, laying the foundations for collaborative research work. These collaborations are  made possible through lecture series, workshop events, and conferences. The purpose of these events, and of the Network more generally, is to raise the visibility of our research, to promote interaction and exchange, and to provide a hub for researchers both nationally and internationally in the fields of memory studies.

If you would like to find out more about the network, attend an event, or join the mailing list, please contact Dr Emilie Pine (

Director: Dr Emilie Pine

Steering committee: Dr Fionnuala Dillane (UCD), Dr Oona Frawley (NUI Maynooth), Professor Gerardine Meaney (UCD)

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