In the editorial of the recently published newsletter of the Memory of the World Sub-Committee on Education and Research (SCEaR) the chairperson of the sub-committee Lothar Jordan asks what can we activities and knowledge for a better world? Or, in a more pessimistic and at this time probably more realistic variant of this question: How can we help to reduce or to avoid the negative impact of man-made and natural disasters?
According to its mission, the Memory of the World Sub-Committee on Education and Research (SCEaR) keeps an eye on innovation in “education and research on Memory of the World and/or on documents, especially in an interdisciplinary and international manner”, and that relates to the programme, its registers, and the world documentary heritage beyond the registers. The sub-committee is working on two tracks to accomplish these tasks on two tracks: the MoW registers of outstanding documents, especially the International Register, and exploring new ways for the understanding and use of documentary heritage and documents beyond the registers.
The articles of the newsletter reflect the tracks mentioned above. Jonas Palm and Claudio Pescatore take up the question of negative heritage and reflecting different mechanisms for different periods of time, up to very long periods, with their specific requirements for constructing documents and documentary heritage. Fackson Banda reflects on strategies and activities of UNESCO to react on COVID-19. That includes his reflections of the role of documentary heritage and the memory institutions in helping political decisions to react on the pandemia.
Shahla Karimi analyses and reflects criteria for the nomination of Iranian documents to the Memory of the World Register, and makes proposals that could be discussed on the international and national level. Yolia Tortolero reports on the Mexican plans to create a Mexican Memory Knowledge Centre – which will be the first outside Asia.
Read the SCEaR Newsletter 1/2020