As a theoretician and practitioner of Cultural Memory, Rebecca Clare Dolgoy’s work engages with the contemporary resonance of cultural heritage. Her research aims to articulate the philosophical and literary content of built environments (museums, cities) by finding the conceptual language that situates these narratives in high-level critical discourse. Her curatorial and creative work experiments with translating philosophical and critical concepts into collaborative installations and interventions. All of her projects explore the legacies of the past and invite readers and visitors to contemplate what heritage means to them.
After completing her doctoral project inOxford on the topography of Berlin’s contemporary cultural memory landscape, with special emphasis on the Neues Museumin 2015, Rebecca spent several months as a visiting fellow at London’s Institute of Modern Languages Research, where she wrote a paper on the recently rethought, renovated, and re-opened Imperial War Museum. While in Oxford, co-ordinated public engagement projects with two of Oxford’s Museums: The Ashmolean (Object Affinity) and The Story Museum (Fabulous Mr Fox). She then returned to Canada, where she held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, at the University of Ottawa and moved her cultural memory research and practice to the Canadian Context.
She is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis and a Contract Instructor at the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. She is currently working on two major research projects: Bullet Hole Constellations: Forty Years of Museums and Memory in Berlin (1989-2029) and Architectures of Reconciliation.
If you would like more information about Rebecca’s experience (publishing, teaching, administrative), please download her academic cv.