[artinfo] Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research, Essen
sj at c3.hu
Tue Sep 22 11:26:22 CEST 2009
During the past two decades memory research has established itself as
an exemplary interdisciplinary research effort at the interface of
the natural sciences and the humanities. Its themes and findings have
moved beyond the confines of specialist discussions in particular
disciplines to come into the spotlight of public debate.
In the humanities the heightened interest in memory research derives
from the accelerated dynamics of change in modern societies, which
make it necessary to reaffirm identities constantly through reference
to the past and to stores of memories.
Interdisciplinary memory research is not just necessary from the
standpoint of scientific inquiry. In view of the foreseeable
demographic shift in aging modern societies, interdisciplinary memory
research is also a social necessity. In the decades to come
memory-related health problems like dementia and Alzheimer's disease
will increase markedly.
The Center is currently engaged in research on the formation of human
memory, on the transmission of memories from one generation to the
next, on the long-term effects of collective experiences of violence
and on interdisciplinary methodologies.
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