Mnemonic Solidarity

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Mnemonic Solidarity

"Mnemonic Solidarity: Colonialism, War, and Genocide in the Global Memory Space" is a seven-year international research project launched by the Critical Global Studies Institute in 2017 with funding by the National Research Foundation of Korea.

The "Mnemonic Solidarity" project seeks to challenge the western-centrism of existing memory studies and deterritorialize the memory discourse surrounding colonialism, war and genocide since World War Ⅱ, thereby creating a global memory entity toward solidarity and mutual understanding.

Specifically, it critically examines issues of East Asian historical disputes over the past such as comfort women, forced mobilization, colonial compensation, collaboration and resistance to colonial rule, colonial genocide, the Nanjing Massacre, the Asia-Pacific War, the Tokyo Trials, the nuclear experience and antinuclearism. In doing so, it brings these historical disputes into the context of memory disputes and tries to help create an East Asian memory entity based on vernacular memories geared toward peace and coexistence.

Solidarity through memory, which is the agenda of this project, could contribute to building memory networks that promote solidarity while also acknowledging the differences among East Asian nations. Ultimately, East Asian and global memory entities restructured in this way may be able to engage in critical conversations, transforming the global memory space of conflict and competition into one of solidarity.