Actual Trends of Memory: The Problem Field of “Memory Studies”

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Prof. of the Department of Cultural Studies and Sociology
Affiliation: Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture
Address: Russian Federation, Chelyabinsk
Occupation: Prof. of the Department of Literature and the Russian Language
Affiliation: South Ural State University (National Research University)
Address: Russian Federation, Chelyabinsk
Occupation: Head of the Department of Cultural Studies and Sociology
Affiliation: Chelyabinsk State Institute of Culture
Address: Russian Federation, Chelyabinsk
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 2

The paper's subject is a controversial field of memory research presented in the international academic periodical “Memory Studies” for the 12 years since it was first published (2008–2019). The basic concepts and key memory-narratives are defined based on the continuous sample of papers published in the magazine (393 articles). The basic concepts make it possible to establish a thematic focus of modern memory studies, and the memory-narratives are used to determine the predominant character of the interpretation of memorial discourse. In conclusion, the research establishes that despite being institutionalized as an independent research area, memory studies continue to retain their inherent thematic unpredictability and diversity. For this reason, it is currently impossible to come to an exhaustive list of the patterns of functioning and forecasts in the development of this area of research.

Keywordsmemory studies, journal “Memory Studies”, trends in memory, basic concepts, memory narratives
AcknowledgmentThe study was carried out in the framework of the grant program of the President of the Russian Federation for state support of young Russian scientists – doctors of sciences (MD-2020 Competition), the project “Culture of memory: memorial strategies for identity”.
Publication date25.03.2021
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