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Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe

The Afterlife of Hope

As project leader of ReAct, I will be working towards integrating the findings of all the subprojects into a book project provisionally titled “The Afterlife of Hope.” In preparation for this, I will also be working on specific lines of inquiry that will help tie different projects together and provide a long-term view. My first task has been an experiment in mapping the memoryscape of the Socialist League in the period 1880-1900. This means identifying their historical points of reference and the surprisingly large number of commemorative activities that underpinned their activism. With the help of our database, I hope to be able to develop a model through this case study that can also be applied in the other projects. On the horizon are future projects dealing with the long-term memory of the deaths of protesters and the self-archiving of recent movements.