January 11, 2007

Centre for Popular Memory

Centre for Popular Memory

Here is a research centre at the University of Cape Town, South Africa that readers will find of interest.

Below is an excerpt from their web-site, which can be found by visiting:

The Centre for Popular Memory(CPM) records peoples’ stories.

Our four main areas are:

*Researching projects about popular memories and identities.

*Training students in memory studies, oral history and methodology.

*Archiving oral, visual and audio-visual forms of memory.

*Disseminating memories and stories to various audiences.

The Centre is based at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. We focus our activities both on and off campus and we are committed to using oral history, visual history and digital archiving to contribute to social development and democratization.

Why Popular Memory?

People have the right to be seen, heard and remembered. For marginalised individuals and groups who have felt the pain and the joys of the past these needs tend to be acute. Storytelling through various media can play a small but significant part in meeting these needs.

We believe that the term ‘popular memory’ encompasses individual and collective forms of memory such as community, politics, culture, family and gendered memories. We are not an exclusive Centre and we acknowledge that there are different sites of popular memory throughout the African continent. Given that memories are especially shaped and conserved by relationships between people, we aim to facilitate dialogues across generations and sites of popular memory.

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  1. Kate Hillier (Miss)

    This is most interesting to me. I am keen to follow developments and now subscribe via RSS
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    07 May 2007, 01:13

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