Emerging memory : photographs of colonial atrocity in Dutch cultural remembrance
09 / 2006 - 01 / 2011
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - NWO
This PhD project is part of the research programme The dynamics of cultural remembrance: an intermedial perspective . The project as a whole focuses on cultural memory and on the role played by different media on the evolution and maintenance of memory sites . This particular project focuses on the trans-mediation of a site of memory looking at what happens to a memory site as it is repeated in different media over time. It seems that when a story is told and retold using the various media technologies that are available to us, it transforms or morphs over a span of several generations, potentially yielding important insights into the workings of cultural memory in our highly mediatised society. The case study is that of Ned Kelly , the Australian outlaw executed in 1880, whose Robin Hood style exploits led to a dramatic showdown with the police, with Kelly dressed in homemade armour. The figure of Ned Kelly has become a memory site in Australian historical culture, its status as such being linked to the enormous amount of media attention it has received over more than 100 years. This body of material provides an opportunity to investigate the re-shapings of a story at different historical moments and in a modern context, and to deepen our understanding of the relationship between cultural memory and media.