Literature Review: Mobilising the Past to Support Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This literature review (click link), authored by Emma Parker (University of Leeds) has been compiled as part of the AHRC-funded project, ‘Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build more Resilient Communities in South Africa’ (Taberner and Boswell, 2017). It offers a selective annotated bibliography of scholarship, projects and literature examining how memories of dark pasts intersect with both the arts and international development goals. With a particular focus on recent developments in memory studies, it includes discussions of literature and human rights, film, photography, the performing arts, heritage sites and digital memory. While being by no means extensive, it reflects some of the current research in these intersecting areas, demonstrating how efforts to understand difficult or traumatic pasts may be mobilised to shape better futures.