On Memory

An Interdisciplinary Approach

by Doron Mendels (Volume editor)
©2007 Conference proceedings 362 Pages


The book consists of 16 case-studies on issues relating to memory, the majority of which stem from a conference in April 2005 at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Public memory is tackled from a variety of angles and various disciplines, ranging across the humanities, the social sciences and the exact sciences. First and foremost the reader will obtain a comprehensive overview of the results of scholarship published in recent years about public memory. Second, the book provides a profound insight into how public memory works within societies of different nature and at different junctures of their histories. The volume begins by offering a glimpse into individual memory, and then goes on to discuss religious societies, ethnic groups, secular groups, institutions and larger segments of society, ultimately reaching the nation state. The authors, each in his or her own discipline, have addressed the complexities involved in the creation of public memory, the media that promote and preserve it within groups and societies, and finally the nature of memory and how it «behaves» during changing circumstances and changing regimes.


ISBN (Softcover)
Gedächtnis Interdisziplinarität Aufsatzsammlung Public memory Ethnic Religious Institution memory Secular
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 362 pp., num. fig.

Biographical notes

Doron Mendels (Volume editor)

The Editor: Doron Mendels is The Max and Sophie Mydans Professor in the Humanities in the Department of History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He is the author of many books and articles of which the two most recent books are: Memory in Jewish, Pagan and Christian Societies of the Graeco-Roman World (2004) and The Media Revolution of Early Christianity: An Essay on Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History (1999).


Title: On Memory