Commemoration Reframed is a series of 19 linked projects conducted by 23 scholars in 12 countries that seeks to open up new ways to conceptualise commemoration based on how people experience it. It builds on approaches that focus on historical representation or political significance, but goes beyond these by arguing that commemorative events’ and sites’ messages are significantly reproduced, reinforced and redistributed experientially. We argue that this is a vital part of how we should understand these important state-sponsored activities, and that such an orientation opens up new understandings of commemoration, and what it does and makes possible. Together, we are building a substantial body of new empirical studies in the context of the end of the First World War centenary period.
Our first meeting, held in September 2017 and hosted by our institutional parter CegeSoma in Brussels, cohered an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars and established a shared agenda. Two position papers from our workshop series are available on this site.
Over a series of workshops beginning in September 2017 we have been developing a set of new research projects to build on this foundation, all focused on what happens on 11 November 2018 in different national contexts – we will conduct new research in Australia, the UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, the US, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, India, Singapore and Poland. With a book and conference presentations planned in 2019, keep up to date with our activities and projects as they unfold by contacting the network’s convenor Shanti Sumartojo (RMIT University) here.