Professor MacGonagle will lead Scholars in an exploration of the ways that memory shapes our global society. Much of the discussion will concentrate on how memory plays out in history and politics (local, national, and international), and the role of memory in cultural settings around the world. We will examine how memory influences our identities and self-conceptions to complicate (and simplify) our world. The seminar will focus on issues related to recent memories in the 20th and 21st centuries, and historical concepts related to memory as well. We will examine the global implications of forgetting and remembrance.


Elizabeth MacGonagle
Associate Professor of History
Director of the Kansas African Studies Center

Professor MacGonagle (Ph.D. Michigan State, 2002) focuses on processes of identity formation in African and Diasporan settings in her research. Her work crosses historical, geographical, and theoretical boundaries to examine links of nation, culture, and ethnicity. Professor MacGonagle is currently engaged in analyzing intersections between history and memory at several African sites of memory central to the heritage of slavery. Her first book, Crafting Identity in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, examined four centuries of history from 1500–1900 in the Ndau region of southeastern Africa to challenge popular notions about tribalism.

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