The methodology used to conduct a research in memory studies are various. One of the inspiring figures is Aby Warburg, an art historian whose insight reached far beyond the limits of the discipline called art history. He was among the first to question the role of collective memory and the social functions of art. His library as well as the Mnemosyne Atlas are the attempts of organization and apprehension of the paths of human remembering and the traces of collective memory through the visual and cultural artefacts.
Postcolonial theory brings an interesting insight in the cultural memory studies. A current turn toward the new memory practices brings the questions of empire and globalization to the field. The cultural mediation of temporality of memory studies and cultural and political mediation of imperial violence regarded from the position of postcolonial theory clarify the schemes and regimes of the memory formation in both in colonial and post-colonial worlds.