Studies Bank (MSB) is a collaborative bibliography and
virtual repository for the growing community of memory scholars. It is
an initiative of the Memory in the Disciplines project at Stony Brook
University, founded by Daniel Levy and Andrew Newman.
responds to two trends:
bridges disciplinary divides between
(and among) the social sciences and the humanities Accordingly, our
initiative will allow scholars from disciplines as diverse as
sociology, literature, history, psychology, philosophy, political
sciences, performance studies and art history to engage in a sustained
conversation - and, ideally, to enrich one anothers' understanding of
memory. We are pleased that leading scholars representing a diverse
array of disciplines have joined the MSB editorial
- The ongoing consolidation of a field of memory studies,
evidenced by the existence of centers and specialized journals
dedicated to the study of memory (see links),
as well as the recent publication of a number of edited collections and
special journal issues heralding the establishment of a field. This
field is variously identified as social, cultural, and collective
terms are sometimes used interchangeably and sometimes indicate
conceptual distinctions). Its participants include scholars from a
variety disciplines, especially in the social sciences and humanities.
- The ongoing debate as to whether memory studies is or
"interdisciplinary" (involving contributions from scholars from various
disciplines within a shared framework), "transdisciplinary" (involving
a generative synthesis of disciplinary approaches), or merely
"multidisciplinary" (characterized by several parallel, largely
independent specialized conversations). This debate provides the
opportunity to investigate the relations between disciplines.
of the MSB is the online bibliographic and networking tool Zotero, a free program
the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
- To learn
more about Zotero, please visit www.zotero.org.
We recommend their
instructions on how to join
the MSB through Zotero, click here. For
now, membership is passive, meaning that members are able to view items
in the library but cannot add, delete, or alter them. Once the
architecture is established (our target date is September 2011), all
members can become active, wiki-style contributors. In the meantime, we