This CMNH research area sits within the University of Brighton’s research cluster on “Understanding Conflict: Forms and Legacies of Violence”, launched in autumn 2013. It brings together UofB researchers in social and cultural history, cultural studies, social anthropology, cultural geography, psycho-social studies and literature to investigate the complex inter–relations between past, present and future within histories and memories of war and conflict that are produced in the time afterwards, by those living in ‘post–war’ or ‘post–conflict’ cultures and societies. In exploring the interplay between representations of a ‘past’ that in many ways is not ‘over’, but overshadows the present and complicates efforts towards the building of a peaceful future, the project focuses in particular on the sites and cultural landscapes where war and conflict ‘took place’, and where its continuing significance is contested in post–conflict geographies.
Several fully-funded doctoral studentships have been established in the early stages of this evolving project: Garikoitz Gomez Alfaro (University of Brighton studentship ‘Landscapes of affect’), ‘Mapping Postconflict Memory: Affective landscapes, imagined geographies and the politics of of time in Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland) and Portbou (Spain)’; Lisa Hardie (University of Brighton ‘Understanding Conflict’ studentship ‘Negotiating post-conflict spaces’), ‘Memorial Landscapes: The Case of New Zealand Visitors to Gallipoli’; Ian Cantoni (AHRC/TECHNE consortium studentship), ‘Camp de Rivesaltes: A Topography of French Cultural Memory’; and Struan Gray (University of Brighton ‘Understanding Conflict’ studentship ‘Histories, memories and the sites and spaces of conflict: Tropes of haunting in negotiating violent pasts’), ‘A Haunted Transition: Places of Past Violence in Post-Dictatorship Chilean Film’. Other doctoral students based and supervised in CMNH work on ‘post-conflict’ culture and politics, in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Melina Sadikovic) and the Basque Country (Andrea García González), as well as Northern Ireland