This includes letters, diaries, memoirs and autobiographical texts, and also court records or biographical sketches and interviews allowing the reconstruction of life stories, subjectivities and identities. Additionally, the cluster is interested in aggregated forms of life stories or memoirs up to collective biographies or public memory and commemoration. Methodologically the members of the cluster are interested in micro-history, oral history, prosopography and the connection of these approaches with macro-history.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), over the course of three years (2017 – 2020) this project sets out to both evaluate the extent to which the range of commemorative activities undertaken since 2014 has engaged with, challenged, or changed the cultural memory of the war.
The War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership, led by the University of Essex and funded by the UK’s Leverhulme Trust, brings together scholars from Europe, Asia and Australia to help trace the trends and developments of World War Two remembrance that is emerging across Asia.