With funding from the National Research Foundation of Korea, the Critical Global Studies Institute has launched a seven-year international research project "Mnemonic Solidarity: Colonialism, War, and Genocide in the Global Memory Space" in 2017.
To create a global memory entity toward solidarity and mutual understanding, the “Mnemonic Solidarity” project seeks to challenge the western-centered memory studies of today and deterritorialize discourse on memory surrounding colonialism, war, and genocide since World War Ⅱ.
Specifically, “Mnemonic Solidarity” critically examines issues of East Asian historical disputes over the past such as: comfort women; forced mobilization; colonial compensation; collaboration and resistance to colonial rule; colonial genocide; the Nanjing Massacre; the Asia-Pacific War; the Tokyo Trials; and the nuclear experience and antinuclearism. In doing so, the project brings these historical disputes into the context of memory disputes and strives to help create an East Asian memory entity based on vernacular memories geared toward peace and coexistence.
“Mnemonic Solidarity” aims for solidarity through memory, which could contribute to building memory networks that promote solidarity while also acknowledging the differences among East Asian nations. Ultimately, East Asian and global memory entities restructured in this way may be able to engage in critical conversations, transforming the global memory space of conflict and competition into one of solidarity.