Polish traditions of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Remember Me Research Associate Dr Marcin Biernat explains emerging and continuing traditions around All Saints’ Day in the Polish community in Hull. Many celebrate Halloween on the night of 31st October, but the Roman Catholic Church in Poland opposes Halloween and its celebration. The All Saints’ Day and the All Souls’ Day are more important…

Celebrating the Life? The Hidden Face of Dementia

How do you remember a loved one with dementia? Do you celebrate their whole life? If you have dementia, how do you want people to remember you? These are some of the questions our research is trying to understand. This study aims to explore the ways and means of remembrance of people with dementia. Commonly,…

Remembering and Commemorating Black History Month in Canada

As Black History Month comes to a close in the UK, guest-blogger Channon Oyeniran reflects on what Black History Month means to her. “That the history of black people is really a part of Canadian history, the contributions that we made to Canadian history, the contributions that we made to Canadian society are part of…

Online Memorialisation: a new layer of remembrance in the digital realm.

Remember Me Research Fellow Dr Mirka Hukelova explores the emerging practice of online memorialisation. NY magazine has recently published article about the relatively new phenomenon of online memorialisation and the statistics are staggering, ‘nearly a million Facebook users will die this year, statisticians have calculated that in less than a hundred years, the site will…

Aberfan: Remembering a National Disaster 50 Years On.

Remember Me Co-Investigator Professor Malcolm Lillie offers a very personal reflection on the ongoing pain and remembrance of a national disaster. I was three and a half years old growing up in a small housing estate to the east of Newport in South Wales when the Aberfan disaster shook Wales to its core.  Like Aberfan…

Remembering the Killing Fields of Cambodia

Photographer Lee Karen Stow was recently in Cambodia, conducting fieldwork for the continuation of ‘Poppies: Women, War, Peace’. She reports on remembrance and memorialisation of the genocide under the Khmer Rouge. Cambodia, a land of temples and mausoleums to gods, kings and ancient cultures, has become dotted with memorials to the Cambodians murdered in one…

Memorialisation practices among the Poles in Hull: emergent findings (part one)

Remember Me Project Co-Investigator Dr Lisa Dikomitis reports on our case study ‘Countries Old and New: memorialisation among Polish migrants in Hull’. The Polish case study kicked off in May 2016. Dr Anna Piela and Dr Lisa Dikomitis are the researchers on this project. We are carrying out both traditional and virtual ethnographic data collection…

Death and Culture 2016 – Conference Report

Remember Me researchers recently presented our research at the Death and Culture 2016 conference and they report on the experience. Remember Me project researchers recently attended and presented some of their research at the Death and Culture Conference at the University of York The international conference, which ran over three days from 1-3 September 2016…

Remembering Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.

Photographer Lee Karen Stow is currently in Vietnam, conducting fieldwork for the continuation of ‘Poppies: Women, War, Peace’. She reports on remembrance and memorialisation of the Vietnam War. In Vietnam there are memorials, elaborate and intimate, to the estimated three million Vietnamese who died in the Second Indochina War, known as the Vietnam War or…