Introduction: Memory and the Future: Why a Change of Focus is Necessary

Yifat Gutman, Amy Sodaro, Adam D. Brown

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For those who study memory, there is a nagging concern that memory studies is inherently backward-looking, and that memory itself — and the ways in which it is deployed, invoked and utilized — can potentially hinder efforts to move forward. It is the purpose of this book to challenge these assumptions by looking at how the study and practice of memory are ultimately about and for the present and future. This Janus-faced view of memory as looking to the past in order to shape the present and future is the basis for the increasingly relevant and pressing concerns and scholarship about the relationship of individual and collective memory to democratic politics; human rights and transitional justice; revenge, imposture and forgery; social movements and utopian moments; and historical facts and scientific technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemory and the Future
Subtitle of host publicationTransnational Politics, Ethics and Society
EditorsYifat Gutman, Adam D. Brown, Amy Sodaro
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780230292338
ISBN (Print)9781349319893
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
ISSN (Print)2634-6257
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6265


  • Collective Memory
  • Disciplinary Boundary
  • International Criminal Tribunal
  • Memory Study
  • Transitional Justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language


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