The Cultures of Memory
To present the Contained Memory Conference 2010 Massey University’s School of Visual and Material Culture in the College of Creative Arts worked in partnership with Syracuse University’s Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The School of Visual and Material Culture and the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies have established an ongoing research relationship through the publication of the Memory Connection’s first volume, Contained Memory. Future projects between the two units are currently being planned. Syracuse University has been heavily involved in the study of public memory and visual culture for the past 10 years. The University has previously hosted three major interdisciplinary conferences devoted to the themes of Framing Public Memory (2001), Contesting Public Memories (2005) and Visible Memories (2008). As a result of these efforts, the Syracuse University “Public Memory Project,” housed in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, has become a hub for collaboration among scholars from over a dozen departments and has hosted numerous individual scholars while supporting specific memory-related projects within the Syracuse community.