"The camera is the eye of history." Matthew Brady

U.S. Civil War

"The commemorative murals could be said to be looking back in order to look forward. These murals argued that 25 years was enough." Bill Rolston

The Troubles

"There were people in Cuba who truly had substantial things to gain from revolution. There were people who had things to lose in the revolution. I think they're all allowed to have their memories of what happened." Rachel Kushner

Cuban Revolution

"Hay que mostrar la realidad y el dolor, y contar lo que pasó. Pero además, hago terapia con esto. Nosotros tenemos que hablar, por los nuestros, por los que ya no tienen voz." Horacio Pietragalla Corti

Dirty War in Argentina

"Our reality will transform once we allow uncomfortable truths to lodge deep down inside of our bones." Brittany Caine-Conley

2017 Charlottesville Protests

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels." Francisco de Goya

Spanish Civil War

"That against the worst odds, Chile has a spirit of joy and ability to overcome the worst circumstances. And I think this is part of the return of some sort of joy to Chile. And we deserve it. Our people deserve it." Ariel Dorfman

1988 Chilean National Plebiscite

On the CASA Historical Memory Project (2018-2023)

As we considered the theme for 2018-23, the selected topic of Historical Memory presented itself as an obvious choice, with two distinct advantages. Not only is it interdisciplinary — involving diverse specializations, including literature, cinema, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, social psychology, forensics, law and archeology — it is also universal, in the sense that all the countries that host CASA Divisional Centers are actively immersed in historical memory debates relating to particularly challenging events in their own contemporary histories. Investigation carried out in Argentina, Chile and Spain will focus on their military dictatorships, civil conflicts and their consequences; in Cuba, work will address the revolution and its impact on contemporary Cuban identity; in Brazil, studies will concentrate on its slavery past, and in Ireland analysis will be carried out regarding the partition and its still-questionable consequences for peace in the region. There is also room for a United States research dimension, if one considers the recent dramatic events associated with Charlottesville, and the removal of confederate statues. The U.S. is still coming to terms with its own Civil War, some 160 years after that fateful period in our history.

CASA programs are open to qualified undergraduate students from CASA member institutions. This particular project will provide selected students — who will be designated as CASA Historical Memory Fellows — with a unique opportunity to showcase research carried out during a sojourn at any one of our CASA Divisional Centers, engaging them with transformative experiences that can only be best carried out on-location. Our focus on rigorous international research is an important factor distinguishing CASA programs.

A series of seminars, conferences and symposia, as well as regular publications, CASA Occasional Papers, will underpin the project and provide participants with platforms for generating discussion around the topic and presenting research findings. In addition, connecting specialists within the wider Historical Memory community will forge new linkages, which will open up further avenues of investigation.

For more information about the Historical Memory Fellowship, please contact research.initiatives@casa.education.