Transnational Memory Practices in the UK and South Korea

Added on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

ICC Head of Research Kerry Wilson is delighted to be Co-Investigator on this new international research network, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the ESRC UK -South Korea Connections call, and led by Dr Tamara West at the University of Liverpool. The project will focus on difficult heritage and complex memory, including ethics, evaluation and learning in digital exhibitions, working in collaboration with Dr Nayun Jang (Co-I), Research Associate Professor in the Critical Global Studies Institute, Sogang University; Art Sonje Center, Seoul; and National Museums Liverpool (NML) in the UK.

The network will use specific recent, ongoing and planned examples and initiatives from across the UK and South Korea as case studies for discussion. For example, it will engage with ongoing and future initiatives at NML’s International Slavery Museum, exploring the shift to online learning and digital exhibitions. In the case of South Korea, case studies will explore digital exhibitions at Art Sonje Center relating to the Demilitarised Zone in Korea, as well as other examples which explore the representation of complex memory, for example collaborative work on a virtual reality exhibition around forced labour under the Japanese occupation. Across all of these, there will be a critical exploration of inter- and transcultural aspects of practices of (re) presenting, curating, and narrating complex memory and identities by sharing current practices framed around learning and participation.

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