Public Memory Matters
Culture and public memory are two key facets of community life through which we learn about the past. This knowledge informs our current world views and realities.
But how can engaging with culture and public memory help us grapple specifically with the “difficult knowledge” of violent pasts and traumatic histories? How might such engagement contribute to reconciliation, redress and democratic forms of relating today?
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) has identified culture and public memory as playing critical roles in reshaping national history and building new relationships. As Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory, Dr. Angela Failler heeds the TRC’s call to be part of a process of positive social change that acknowledges how Canada’s past is connected to the ongoing effects of colonial, gendered and racialized violence.
Failler’s research focuses on memorials, museums, commemorative artworks, community-based remembrance practices and government-sponsored memory projects. She uses collaborative methodologies that combine the synergies of scholars, educators, artists, curators and other cultural practitioners to develop tools for public cultural studies, including on local, national and international stages.