The Memory Network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

We are very happy to announce that the Memory Network has been awarded Research Networking funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).  The venture officially commenced on 1 September 2012 and will be running for two years.

The Network brings together scientists, arts and humanities scholars, and writers and artists to think critically and creatively about memory in the twenty-first century. A new interactive website will host debate between Network members and the general public, while a series of high-profile events are scheduled to take place in the coming months. Other Network activity will include symposia, an international conference, and two innovative publications in the field of memory studies. The University of Roehampton’s Dr Sebastian Groes is acting as Principal Investigator on the project, with Durham University’s Professor Patricia Waugh as Co-investigator. Roehampton’s Dr Alison Waller and Nick Lavery occupy positions as Co-organiser and Network Administrator, respectively.

The Memory Network was conceived in 2010 at an internal symposium at the University of Roehampton and received a major boost after receiving Wellcome Trust funding for a two-day symposium in October 2011. The Network has already provided space and stimulus for dialogue between critics, thinkers, writers and artists working in the UK, North America and Europe, and continues to encourage membership from researchers working in memory studies across different disciplines and from multiple perspectives. The Network has various high-profile writers sitting on the Advisory Board, including Ian McEwan, A. S. Byatt, Will Self, Nicolas Carr, Iain Sinclair and Hanif Kureishi.

We are looking forward to an exciting two years of innovative and cutting edge debates surrounding memory. Please join the Memory Network! You can start by reading and responding to Peter Childs’ first ‘Exchanges’ blog entry, which kickstarts a series on Metaphors of Memory.

Written by Alison Waller

I am Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Roehampton University, UK, where I am a member of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature and convene the distance learning MA in Children’s Literature. My main research areas are young adult literature, forms of fantasy, literary space/place, and the role of memory in reading and writing. I published Constructions of Adolescence in Fantastic Realism with Routledge in 2008 and have written articles on Margaret Mahy, Robert Cormier, J. D. Salinger and Melvin Burgess. I have also edited a New Casebook on Burgess for Palgrave. I am currently working on a monograph exploring the practice and processes of adults rereading childhood books. Memory studies also inform my continuing research in adolescent fiction and I have recently presented papers on fictional portrayals of memory and consciousness in recent and contemporary young adult novels.