Few ideas are as universally key, basic and primal as “home”. Few ideas require more attention and new, critical re-examination in recognition of ongoing social change. In the post-pandemic and ecological reflection on how we live and approach “home” in its diverse definitions, engagement with this topic is only bound to grow in the future. This rapidly rising interest in the multidisciplinary field of housing studies is reflected also by our collection, which can be seen as an introduction to the entire research area thanks to the opening chapter, outlining its history and complexity. The following chapters by an international group of scholars representing different generations and methodological approaches examine some of the many meanings of home, houses or housing as they have been expressed in Western culture, not only across time but also across varied media: from traditional and digital theatre, through varied literary genres, to film and television, photography and street art.
Das Internationale Kolleg Morphomata: Genese, Dynamik und Medialität kultureller Figurationen wird vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung im Rahmen der Initiative "Freiraum für Geisteswissenschaften" als eines der neuen Käte Hamburger Kollegs gefördert. Jährlich bis zu 10 Fellows aus aller Welt forschen gemeinsam mit Kölner Wissenschaftlern zu Fragen kulturellen Wandels. Im Dialog mit internationalen Wissenschaftlern gibt das Kolleg geisteswissenschaftlicher Forschung einen neuen Ort - ein Denklabor, in dem unterschiedliche disziplinäre und kulturelle Perspektiven verhandelt werden.
Cultural memory has been a concept for already 30 years. But what is social memory? The topics of memory, remembering and forgetting are meeting with increasing resonance in sociology. This introduction to the sociology of memory is the first to systematically develop some of the basic theories in this field and to provide an overview of the issues and problems involved.