War does not end with armistices or the signing of instruments of surrender. For those who live through it, are affected by it or left bereaved by it, war remains a permanent feature in their lives. This is why I think memory and war is such a fascinating and important subject.
I am particularly interested in two different perspectives from which war has been remembered. The first is from a collective or national perspective. This can be explored through a variety of media. War memorials, for example, tell us much about how different generations have, retrospectively, made sense of war. I am also interested in how other forms of popular culture, such as films and literature, have created shared narratives of the two World Wars.
The second perspective in which I am most interested is individual memory, and how private memories have intersected with public ones. One of the key questions I have explored in my research is how shared narratives can both help and hinder individuals in gaining recognition and understanding for what they have been through.