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HK+ Mnemonic Solidarity

Research Summary

"Mnemonic Solidarity: Colonialism, War, and Genocide" is a Humanities Korea Plus research project funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea, started in 2017, to be continued for seven years until 2024.

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.