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 spaces (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 in Oxford on the topography of Berlin’s contemporary cultural memory landscape, with special emphasis on the Neues Museum, 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 is currently a postdoctoral fellow based at the University of Ottawa, and her research project, engaging with themes in Canadian Cultural Memory in major cultural architecture (parliament buildings, museums etc.) and urban space is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities research Council of Canada. In addition to her research in Ottawa, Rebecca is at the outset of several cultural memory/heritage projects. Keep an idea on the ‘praxis‘and ‘interactive‘ parts of this website for information about these projects as they develop.
If you would like more information about Rebecca’s experience (publishing, teaching, administrative), please download her academic cv.