Informal academic collaboration with colleagues at other universities is furthered through programming and invitations to speak at our events and by the extensive range of lectures, seminar papers and other public talks by Centre members at institutions in the UK and worldwide, which often lead to publication, co-writing and co-editing, joint funding bids, and co-organising of further events. CMNH also networks and partners more formally with a range of other Higher Education institutions, research centres and research groups. Among these are:
CMNH on behalf of the University is a formal Academic Partner of this European Research Network, supported by the European Commission and based within the University of Barcelona’s Solidarity Foundation. The European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) works to promote interdisciplinary research and academic activities related to the construction of public memory in Europe, to contribute to the analysis and management of the politics of memory, and to influence the right of citizens to use and interpret the memorial heritage. It is a research project but it also deals with the management and dissemination of memorial policies related to conflicts of the twentieth century and other historic periods that have a public influence in the twenty-first century. The EUROM network is supported for five years by EACEA (the Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission) through the Europe for Citizens Program. Other members include: the International Committee of Memorial Museums for Remembrance (IC MEMO); the Museum of Free Derry; the Maison d’Izieu Association; the Finnish-Russian Citizens’ Forum; the National Institute for the History of the Liberation Movement in Italy; the Topography of Terror Documentation Center; the Mauthausen Memorial; the Museum of Occupations; the Wewelsburg 1933-1945 Memorial Museum, and the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies of Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada).
In 2015 Dawson, Noakes and Michail, together with Post Graduate Researchers Alfaro and Sadikovic were invited to Barcelona to present on the work at CMNH and to participate in a research workshop with other network members. IN 2017 CMNH partnered with EUROM in organising a symposium at the Imperial war museum, London, on The Bombings of Barcelona and London: Memories of a Shared History.
CRMNH and the Uses of the Past Research Programme have established a research partnership to develop our complementary interests and expertise in an area broadly defined as the Politics of the Past. These currently include: history, memory and heritage, globalisation and identity, the Northern Ireland Conflict and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. In 2017 Professor Dawson visited Aarhus to participate in a research workshop on Northern Ireland. In 2018 we are hosting a joint workshop in Brighton, to be followed up by a second workshop in Aaurhus, to explore our common interests in detail and lay the basis for a potential Erasmus bid to fund publication, networking and exchange activities for staff and students attached to both institutions.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Networking Scheme, the Teaching and Learning War research network brings together EU and international researchers and stakeholders, from a range of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds, to explore young people’s engagement with and receptivity to the cultural memory messages of the two world wars from an international comparative perspective. Led by Dr Catriona Pennell (History, University of Exeter) and Dr Mark Sheehan (Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) the network is based on the premise that while study of memory and war remembrance has intensified in recent years, the way young people engage with the cultural messages about these seminal historical events is largely unexplored. Interrogating the practices of teaching and learning about war remembrance has the potential to illuminate how memories of war are shaped.
CMNH and the Centre for Life Histories and Life Writing Research work together to run an Annual Post Graduate Conference each June. Attended by post graduate and early career researchers from around the globe, past conferences have included:
2008-09: Memories Narratives and Histories
2009–10: Public Lives, Private Lives; New Research Across the Disciplines
2010-11: The Emotions in History, Memory and Storytelling
2011-12: Working with Narrative, Memory and Life History: A Postgraduate Afternoon for Sharing Projects, Skills and Job Experiences
2013-14: Researching Uniqueness: How life history research entails singular questions and special outcomes.
2014-15: Internationalism of Life History Research
2015-16: Subversive Histories for Public Cultures. The politics of life history research
CMNH also has links with the following international and national research networks and research centres: