Communities and Commemoration

Paestum - Student and Louise Steel

A key research theme across several disciplines examines cultural memory and how different communities seek to memorialise and commemorate their past.

This research nexus investigates the expression of identities, creations of narratives and manipulation of material culture to examine how these are situated within a wider cultural context.

Of particular relevance for the 21st century is the exploration of competing narratives surrounding the Great War, in particular focusing on the countless ware memorials scattered across Wales, the UK, Europe, and beyond. Creative writing workshops working with asylum seeker and refugees explore memories of home, alienation and loss amongst modern displace communities. Other ways in which we explore the commemoration of the past is through religion, cult practices and the creation of sacred landscapes, which play a formative role in people’s identities.