Meet some of the people behind the Memory book

November 11, 2018, was the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a time of remembering and memorial, of linking past events to the world we live in today. Taking this particular moment as a catalyst, the Memory book examines the character and relevance of memory more broadly.

Edited by PWIAS Director Philippe Tortell , Mark Turin (Department of Anthropology) and Margot Young (Allard School of Law), the book offers an engaging and interdisciplinary road map for exploring how, why, and when we remember. Memory navigates a broad terrain, with essays drawn from a diverse group of contributors who capture different perspectives on the idea of memory in fields ranging from molecular genetics, astrophysics and engineering, to law, Indigenous oral histories, and the natural world. This book challenges readers to think critically about memory, offering an engaging and interdisciplinary road map for exploring how, why, and when we remember.

We asked editors Mark Turin and Margot Young, as well as collaborators Shannon Walsh (Department of Theatre and Film), Wade Davis (Department of Anthropology), Wall Scholar Ian Williams (Creative Writing), Kalina Christoff (Department of Psychology ) and Anthony Farrell (Land and Food Systems) to tell us about the book and their respective essays. See what they had to say in the video posted above.

Memory was published by the Peter Wall Institute, and is currently being distributed by UBC Press. Order a copy here. It is also available for free through JSTOR via their open access book portal. Each chapter can be read online, downloaded, printed, or shared. Discover diverse perspectives on the idea of memory here.

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Read our Wall Papers feature on the Memory book here.

New Peter Wall Institute book Memory peels back the layers of history in a multitude of ways — The Georgia Straight

Wade Davis: Life without wild things — excerpt from the new book published by The Narwhal

Listen to Memory colaborator and UBC History Professor Tara Mayer speak about her co-authored chapter “Global, 1918” on Radio-Canada

Listen to Wall Scholar and Memory colaborator Ian Williams speak about his poem “Anthems” on the CBC’s North by Northwest