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Dance floor with coloured chequerboard and 50s dresses from Our Dancing Feet community project The Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories (CMNH) exists to develop, focus and stimulate research at the University of Brighton concerned with the cultural significance of the past for our lived experience, social relationships, politics and identities in the present. 

Emphasising the plural 'histories', the centre’s work explores the relations between powerful or official narratives about the past and those which give expression to subordinate, marginalised and neglected historical experience.

Our research investigates the practices that produce and circulate memories, knowledges and understandings of ‘the past’, including: Archives and historiesCommunity historyCultural memoryCultural, social and political historyOral history and life historyPopular history makingPublic history and heritageTestimony, life writing and narrative.

It reflects critically on the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of our own research practices, and facilitates engagement between academic scholarship and the work of creative practitioners, community and political activists, and other professional stakeholders involved in making histories, in representing the past, and in producing forms of remembrance and commemoration.


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Sports Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences
teacher Social Sciences
experience Social Sciences
racism Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
history Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Output 2003 2020

Cosmopolitan Promises: Visual Culture and Politics in 1960s Beirut

Maasri, Z., 2020, (Accepted/In press) (The Global Middle East)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearchpeer-review

Visual Culture

Literature, Human Rights and the Cold War

Hammond, A., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Cambridge Companion to Human Rights and Literature. Parikh, C. (ed.). Cambridge, (Cambridge Companions).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Human Rights
Cold War
Global Justice

Objects of Denigration and Desire: Taking the Amateur Photographer Seriously

Pollen, A., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Bloomsbury Handbook of Photography Studies. Pasternak, G. (ed.). London, 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Amateur Photographers
Amateur Photography

Activities 2005 2019

Beyond the Photograph: The phenomenon of confabulation in family photography as counter-memory, narrative and archive

Annebella Pollen (Examiner)
2019 → …

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

"Writing Reparative Histories of Connection: The 1831 Tortola Slave Conspiracy in the Atlantic World" (with Anita Rupprecht)

Catherine Bergin (Presenter), Anita Rupprecht (Presenter)
8 Feb 201910 Feb 2019

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation