The idea of setting up the review came from a conference organized by the post-graduate course of women's culture studies taught at Ca' Foscari University, Venice, dedicated to the study of the memory of women and children who had been deported in the concentration camps.
Since even today little attention is paid to the analysis of the specific condition of women victims - all round the world, of deportation, exile and displacement - the review intends to be a forum where women's memories are analysed, previously unpublished documents and essays, oral reports, interviews and pictures are collected and published, and memories that have appeared in obscure editions are transalated and made available.
Furthermore, through the the "Reviews" and "Events" columns, it aims to provide information about other studies, exhibitions, seminars. Great attention is given to the methodological issues linked to the collection of the memories of survivors, to the reasons that impel or, alternatively, hold back their documentation, to different narrative styles, and to the way that these women's memories have been perceived. The review is therefore concerned with complexity and subjectivity, with the values that inspire human behaviour, the meaning given to life events. This interest stems from the firm convinction that denying the multiplicity of experiences and memories is a basic issue of power relationships. The review moves in the same direction as the historiographic studies that are relying more and more on subjective oral sources and are examining traumatic events, such as war and deportation, with fresh consideration of individual experience, of gender and of different generations. Indeed, in recent years an increasing number of scholars have felt the compulsion to collect and preserve the memories of survivors, the real holders of existential thuth, and have questioned official memory and historical reconstructions, which do not identify, or do not sufficiently value, individual memories. It is the conviction that the specific nature of gender wounds can lead to deeper and more complete understanding of what happened in the camps, and to a better perception of the complexity of the experience, that has led to the objective to shed light on some basic issues that have characterised deportation from the time of the colonial wars in the late 19th century, by means of accounts, reconstructions, and the comparison between different historical, military and judicial contexts. Although to date the review has examined these issues from the historical perspective, contemporary topics have also always been included and it is hoped will be enlarged in the coming issues. The review will endeavour to provide a constant focus on the deportations and forced migrations, caused by war, repression and events that shatter nations and beleaguer our times.