Cultural memory and new media

My research is carried out in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project (, in particular working with the Cork Memory Map (see This is an oral history online map, and memory lies at the heart of the oral historian’s work:

The oral historian, broadly speaking, asks people questions to discover four things: what happened, how they felt about it, how they recall it, and what wider public memory they draw upon. At the heart of this lies memory. (Abrams 2010, 78)

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Re-contextualising archival material in digital humanities

This is a short outline of a talk I gave on Friday 20th February in the River Room of the Glucksman Gallery in University College Cork. It was part of a session called “Tangents: Digital Humanities”, our topic was archive and the session was set up during an exhibition (“Selective Memory”) which explored the use of the archive by artists.

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Presenting, unravelling, dredging

Last week I presented some of my research as part of the Digital Arts and Humanities research  colloquium at UCC. This work was loosely based on my “Unstable materials” series of blog posts (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are linked here, and an outline of the presentation is uploaded here).

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Unstable materials. Part 2: Memory – individual, collective and cultural

For a discussion of oral history and memory see Unstable materials. Part 1.

Memories (and how they are recounted) change with time. Personal narratives and identities constructed through memory are fluid, for a multitude of reasons. People change, their goals and priorities change, and as they do, they re-construct their own stories, revise, reimagine and retell their autobiographies.

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