Commemoration: in memory of memory?

The recent boom in commemoration studies as a field of research reflects a broader social interest in questions of memory. As a result, the range of approaches to memory taken by various branches of the humanities, each drawing on their own scholarly traditions and key thinkers, has a significant influence in interpretations of commemoration as a phenomenon. While commemoration is an object of research, however, it is also a social phenomenon whose quantitative and qualitative transformation is a key dimension of the phenomenon of memorialisation.