Commemoration Reframed is a series of linked projects and events 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.
Our first workshop, 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. The position paper from this workshop is now available on this site.
In 2018 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. So far this includes plans for new research in Australia, the UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, the US and New Zealand. To keep up to date with our activities and projects as they unfold, please get in touch with the network’s convenor Shanti Sumartojo (RMIT University) here.