Visit From the Warwick Memory Group: Two talks on contemporary transcultural memory media
22 November 2016, Goethe University Frankfurt
Maria Roca Lizarazu is a final-year PhD candidate in German Studies at the University of Warwick. Her doctoral project focuses on representations of trauma in German- and Austrian-Jewish Holocaust literature by the so-called “generation after”.
In her talk “Thomas Mann in Furs: Remediations of Sado-Masochism in Maxim Biller’s Im Kopf von Bruno Schulz“, she will argue that Im Kopf von Bruno Schulz invokes the sadomasochistic constellation to reflect on and illustrate Biller’s negative take on the German-Jewish symbiosis.
Rebekah Vince‘s doctoral research, funded by the Wolfson Foundation, focuses on the historical narratives of the Holocaust and colonialism in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as portrayed in contemporary North African fiction written in French.
In “Unsettling Memories: the (European) Holocaust and the (Arab) Jew in Israel“, she employs Levy and Sznaider’s three historical stages in memory politics and A. Assmann’s models for dealing with a traumatic past in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as portrayed in texts by Valérie Zenatti, including her translation of Holocaust survivor Aharon Appelfeld’s autobiography.
Posted on 03/11/2016
Astrid Erll’s Keynote Lecture: “Odyssean Travels – Searching for Europe’s ‘First Memories”‘
September 2016, Dublin
Listen to the keynote lecture by Astrid Erll (Goethe-University Frankfurt) recorded at ‘In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe’ conference, UCD, September, 2016. On the website you will also find Michael Rothberg‘s keynote lecture “Inheritance Trouble – Transcultural Holocaust Memory in the Mirror of Migration” and Francoise Verges‘ keynote lecture “Decolonizing Europe – On the Boomerang-Effect of Colonialism, Memory and Dis-Location.”
Posted on 27/10/2016
Conference: Thinking Through the Future of Memory
3. – 5. December 2016, Amsterdam
The inaugural converence of the Memory Studies Association by Aline Sierp (Maastricht University) and Jenny Wüstenberg (York University) will take place from 3rd to 5th December 2016 in Amsterdam. Among many events, there will be a roundtable discussion on “Moving Memory” with Astrid Erll (University of Frankfurt, FMSP), Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University), Ann Rigney (Utrecht University) and Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles). Another roundtable discussion on “Where is the memory field going?” includes Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University), Siobhan Kattago (University of Tartu), Erika Lehrer (Concordia University) and Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia)
Posted on 27/10/2016
Conversation: Europe’s Migrants and the Shoah
25 September, Vienna Humanities Festival, Vienna
Michael Rothberg is the leading Holocaust theorist in the United States and Saul Friedländer’s successor in the prestigious chair in Holocaust studies at UCLA. The pioneer of a post-colonial approach to the Shoah, he has, for example, explored the meaning of the Holocaust for the civil rights movement. His latest research addresses the role of the Holocaust in the lives of Europe’s migrants. What does the memory of the Shoah mean for Turkish-Germans? And what forms of solidarity could exist between Muslim and Jewish communities? In conversation with Wien Museum director Matti Bunzl.
Posted on 27/10/2016
Workshop: Heritage Studies and Socialism: Transnational Perspectives on Heritage in Eastern and Central Europe
23-25 November, Justus Liebig University, Gießen
The workshop is organised by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, in cooperation with the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), University of Giessen, and the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Leibniz Research Alliance “Historical Authenticity”. Keynote speakers: Dr. Astrid Swenson (Brunel University London), PD Dr.-Ing. Michael Falser (Heidelberg University)
Posted on 27/10/2016
Master Class: Postcolonial Perspectives on Europe
October 27, Justus Liebig University, Gießen
This winter semester, the GCSC at Justus Liebig University, Gießen is hosting a master class with Prof. David Simo (University of Yaoundé, Cameroon), who will give a presentation on “Postcolonial Perspectives on Europe: The Case of the Cultural Memory Construction”. The master class will take place from 11-14:00 on 27 October in Gießen.
Posted on 06/10/2016
Website Launch: Critical Encyclopedia of Testimony and Memory
The journal Testimony between history and memory has set up an online dictionary with the objective of gathering words from the fields of testimony and memory, following a multilinguistic, multicultural approach in defining the terms. Additions to the encyclopedia are published in new journal issues as well as on the newly launched website http://memories-testimony.com. Now online are entries by Astrid Erll on “Transcultural Memory”, Jessica Rapson on “Tourism and Memory”, and Ann Rigney on “Transnational Memory”.
Posted on 04/10/2016
Now available: Scales of Memory
The new issue of the Australian Humanities Review, featuring a special section on „Scales of Memory“, edited by Rosanne Kennedy and Maria Nugent, is now online and can be dowloaded for free.
Access Scales of Memory (scroll down to special section)
Posted on 17/09/2016
Conference: Locating and Dis-Locating Memory
The final ISTME conference “Locating and Dis-Locating Memory: In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe” will take place at University College Dublin from 1-3 September 2016. Focus on the ways in which memory is located and dislocated through processes of production, transmission and reception, it will revolve around the following questions: Given the dynamism of memory at local, regional and transnational levels, how, when and where is memory located and defined? What are the ethical challenges in these acts of location and definition? What are the ways in which memory is continuously dislocated, via mediation, remediation, consensus-making and conflict? In an age of mass migration, how are memories produced by communities that are themselves dislocated? Is memory the object that is being located or dislocated, or is it a signifier of the location and dislocation of particular memory communities? Is the tension between location and dislocation central to the practice of memory? What new methodological approaches to memory studies can usefully be brought to bear on these questions?
Have a look at the Conference Programme
Find out more about ISTME (In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe) Network
Posted on 29/08/2016
Conference Report: New Directions and Challenges in Memory Studies
A conference report on the symposium “New Directions and Challenges in Memory Studies”, written by Jarula Wegner and published on H-Soz-Kult, is now available online. The event was coorganised by the GCSC, Gießen and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform.
Posted on 29/08/2016
Video: New Directions and Challenges in Memory Studies
A video recording of Astrid Erll’s keynote lecture “New Directions and Challenges in Cultural Memory Studies: Past, Present, Future”, presented at the symposium “New Directions and Challenges in Memory Studies” at Justus Liebig University, Gießen, is now available online. The event was coorganised by the GCSC, Gießen and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform.
Video (scroll down to access video)
Posted on 12/07/2016
Multimedia: New Videos
Videos of this semester’sNew Frontiers in Memory Studies events, including a lecture by William B. Buxton (Concordia University Montreal) and a discussion between Verena Boos (author of Blutorangen) and Natan Sznaider (Tel-Aviv-Yaffo), are now available online and can be found in our multimedia section.
Posted on 12/07/2016
New Frontiers in Memory Studies: “Too Much Space and Too Little Time”
30 June, 12-2pm, IG 1.414
On Thursday, 30 June, visiting scholar William J. Buxton (Professor of Communication Studies, Concordia University in Montreal) will give a lecture titled “’Too Much Space and Too Little Time’: Harold Innis, the Northern Frontier, and the Making of Cultural Memory in Canada, 1920-1945” as part of the FMSP lecture series New Frontiers in Memory Studies. The event will take place from 12 to 2 pm in IG 1.414.
Posted on 27/06/2016
New Frontiers in Memory Studies: Geschichte und Geschichten des Schreckens
22. Juni, ab 13:15 Uhr, IG 1.414
Im Rahmen unserer Lecturereihe New Frontiers in Memory Studies findet am Mittwoch, den 22. Juni, ein Gespräch zwischen Verena Boos (Autorin des Romans Blutorangen) und Natan Sznaider (Professor für Soziologie, Tel-Aviv-Yaffo) zum Thema: “Geschichte und Geschichten des Schreckens – Wie denkt und dichtet man die transnationale Erinnerung an den spanischen Bürgerkrieg?” statt.
Posted on 16/06/2016
Symposium: New Directions and Challenges in Memory Studies
June 14-15, Justus Liebig University, Gießen
At a time when memory studies has become a fixture of the interdisciplinary research landscape, the two-day symposium “New Directions and Challenges in Cultural Memory Studies: Past, Present, Future” engages critically with the development of the field, the current state of research and points to future directions in cultural memory studies. Prof. Astrid Erll’s keynote lecture on Tuesday 14 June (from 6pm) will frame the key questions guiding this event. A roundtable discussion featuring leading scholars from Frankfurt and Giessen will complete the programme on Wednesday (from 5pm). The core of the two-day programme will see members, associates and partners of the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform at Goethe University, Frankfurt, and the GCSC/GGK at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, present their current research and reflections on conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues in memory studies.
Posted on 11/05/2016
Presentation: Living Together With Difficult Memories and Diverse Identities
May 24, 2-4pm in IG 1.414
On Tuesday, 24 May, Ulla Savolainen (University of Helsinki), Priska Daphi (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Jens Zimmermann (Goethe University Frankfurt) will present the ERA.Net RUS Plus Project LIVINGMEMORIES, a multi-disciplinary project that analyses difficult memories and diverse identities related with conflicts and protest movements in Russia, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Germany and Turkey.
Posted on 11/05/2016
Lecture: Life Narratives and the Sculpting of Gendered Trans-Regional East African Asian Memories
May 12, 6-8pm in CAS 1.811
On Thursday, 12 May, Prof. Mala Pandurang (Dr. BMN College, Mumbai) will visit Goethe University and give a lecture titled “Life Narratives and the Sculpting of Gendered Trans-Regional East African Asian Memories”. The talk will focus on experiences of women migrants from the Indian subcontinent to East Africa from early 20th century onward. There are very few official records available, and hence, a reconstruction of their life histories is largely predicated on biographical accounts and fictional narratives that are derived from familial memories.
The lecture is presented by the Frankfurt Research Programme AFRASO.
Posted on 07/05/2016
Workshop: Working with Orality
May 3, 2-4pm in IG 251
On Tuesday, 3 May, guest researcher and folklorist Dr Ulla Savolainen will conduct a workshop “Working with Orality: Interviewing as a Methodology of Memory Studies”. In the workshop, Ulla Savolainen will introduce interviewing as a methodology for memory studies. Giving examples from her current research project, she will discuss interviewing techniques and speak about the peculiarities of oral history interviews and knowledge production. The workshop is meant as a cross-disciplinary exchange, also aimed at scholars working in the field of memory studies, but who are unfamiliar with the process of conducting interviews and analyzing the data.
Posted on 25/04/2016
Welcome: Ulla Savolainen
We warmly welcome this semester’s international visiting fellow Dr Ulla Savolainen from the University of Helsinki. Ulla Savolainen is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies and currently working on oral history research on the internment, and its aftermath, of German and Hungarian citizens during 1944–1946 in Finland, following the war with the Soviet Union. The research explores memories and narratives of individuals who were minors during the internment, analyzing issues relating to silence, agency and nationality on a personal and societal level. Ulla Savolainen’s research is part of the multidisciplinary and international research project entitled Livingmemories: Living together with difficult memories and diverse identities, funded by ‘ERA.NET Plus with Russia’ and coordinated by the University of Helsinki.
On Tuesday, 24 May, Ulla Savolainen will present the ERA.Net RUS Plus Project LIVINGMEMORIES, together with Priska Daphi and Jens Zimmermann from Goethe University Frankfurt.
Posted on 25/04/2016
Lecture: La Memoria y el relato de la nación
April 21, 10am-12pm, NG 2.731
On 21 April, Prof. Gonzalo Navajas (University of California, Irvine) will give a lecture titled “La Memoria y el Relato de la Nación” at Goethe University, covering works of Galdós, Malraux, Orwell and Cercas. The lecture is hosted by the Institute of Romance Languages and Literature and will take place in room NG. 2.731 at Campus Westend.
Posted on 14/04/2016
Now available: Post-Yugoslav Constellations
A new volume of de Gruyter’s book series Media and Cultural Memory (MCM) has been published: Post-Yugoslav Constellations: Archive, Memory, and Trauma in Contemporary Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Literature and Culture (eds. Vlad Beronja and Stijn Vervaet).
Find out more about the MCM series
Posted on 04/04/2016
Nitbits: Short Talks on Key Concepts
The Network in Transnational Memory Studies (NITMES) and Utrecht University present the first round of NITBITS, in which leading scholars discuss key concepts of memory studies, from “cultural memory”, to “remediation”, to “travelling memory”. Talks by Aleida Assmann, Andrew Hoskins, Barbara Törnquist Plewa, Ann Rigney, Astrid Erll and Rosanne Kennedy are now online.
Posted on 04/04/2016
Online Dictionary: Testimony Between History and Memory
The journal Testimony between history and memory has set up an online dictionary with the objective of gathering words from the fields of testimony and memory, following a multilinguistic, multicultural approach in defining the terms. The idea is to continuously add to the encyclopedia through the publication of new issues as well as to set up a website. Now online are entries by Rick Crownshaw on “Memory and the Anthropocene”, Jessica Rapson on “Tourism and Memory”, Lucy Bond on “September 11, 2001″, Michael Rothberg on “Multidirectional Memory”, and Astrid Erll on “Transcultural Memory”.
Index (scroll down to “Dictionnaire testimonial et mémoriel”)
Posted on 03/04/2016
Podcasts: Irish Memory Studies Network
The Irish Memory Studies Network aims to open up a critical dialogue across multidisciplinary aspects of, and international contexts for, memory studies, with a view to generating discussion across disciplinary boundaries and laying the foundations for collaborative research work. These collaborations are made possible through lecture series, workshop events, and conferences. The majority of Network events have been recorded for podcasting and are now available online.
Posted on 02/04/2016
Vortrag: Vom kulturellen Gedächtnis zur transkulturellen Erinnerung
24. Februar, 18:30 Uhr, Bibliothek der Alten, Historisches Museum Frankfurt
Welche Bedeutung haben Globalisierung und Migration für das kulturelle Gedächtnis? Welche Erinnerungen bringen Migrantinnen und Migranten mit nach Deutschland? Wie werden Erinnerungen geteilt? Wer partizipiert an der deutschen Erinnerungskultur? Der Vortrag „Vom kulturellen Gedächtnis zur transkulturellen Erinnerung: Neue Perspektiven auf die Bibliothek der Alten in der Migrationsgesellschaft“ von Astrid Erll beleuchtet diese Fragen zum Gedächtnis einer ‚diversen Gesellschaft’ vor dem Hintergrund neuerer Entwicklungen in der kulturwissenschaftlichen Gedächtnisforschung. In der im Anschluss an den Vortrag stattfindenden Podiumsdiskussion mit Autorinnen der Bibliothek der Alten wird es um die Frage gehen, wie Sigrid Sigurdssons „Offenes Archiv“ heute als ein Ort transgenerationeller und transkultureller Erinnerung begriffen und praktiziert werden kann.
Posted on 22/02/2016
A video and picture gallery from the recent New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture “Fears, Lies, and Television: The Politics of Migration Memory in Prime Time Crime” by Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University) can now be found in our multimedia section.
Posted on 21/02/2016
New Frontiers in Memory Studies: The Politics of Migration Memory in Prime Time Crime
January 28, 12-2 pm, Cas 1.812
The last of our winter lectures in the New Frontiers in Memory Studies series will take place on Thursday, 28 January. Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University) will be making a guest appearance to the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform to present a lecture entitled “Fears, Lies, and Television: The Politics of Migration Memory in Prime Time Crime”. For more information, click here.
Posted on 22/01/2016
Multimedia: Transcultural Rewriting as Memory Practice
You can now find a video recording and picture gallery of Liedeke Plate‘s (Radboud University) recent New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture in our multimedia section (please note: a flash player is required in order to watch the video).
Posted on 20/01/2016
Multimedia: Projecting Memories of Migration
A video (in three parts: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3) and a picture gallery from the recent New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture by Daniela Berghahn (University of London) can now be found in our multimedia section.
Posted on 14/01/2016
New Frontiers in Memory Studies: Transcultural Rewriting as Memory Practice
January 12, 12-2 pm, IG 1.414
On January 12, the lecture series New Frontiers in Memory Studies will continue its special focus on transcultural memory and migration. The Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform is happy to announce that Liedeke Plate (Radboud University) will visit Goethe University and give a lecture on “Transcultural Rewriting as Memory Practice”. For more information, click here.
Posted on 05/01/2016
Conference Report: Provincializing European Memory
A report on the international conference “Provincializing European Memory”, organized by the Network in Transnational Memory Studies, led by Utrecht University, and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP), has been published on H-Soz-Kult. A selection of videos as well as a picture gallery are also available online in our “Multimedia” section.
Posted on 22/12/2015
The Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform is pleased to present the launch of the DFG research project “Migration and Transcultural Memory: Literature, Film and the ‘Social Life’ of Memory Media”, focusing on the intersections of media, transculturality, and memory. The project revolves around the question of how experiences of migration are represented in today’s literature and cinema, circulated across geographic and cultural borders, and potentially become the focus of a mediated transcultural memory practice.
Posted on 03/12/2015
November 24, 12-2 pm, IG 1.414
This semester, the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform will continue its lecture series New Frontiers in Memory Studies with a special focus on migration and transcultural memory.
On November 24, Daniela Berghahn (University of London) will visit Goethe University and give a lecture on “Projecting Memories of Migration”. For more information, click here.
Posted on 04/11/2015
From September 24-25, we hosted the international conference “Provincializing European Memory” in Frankfurt, organized by the Network in Transnational Memory Studies, led by Utrecht University, and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP). A selection of videos as well as a picture gallery are now online.
Posted on 22/10/2015
On September 23, Ann Rigney (Utrecht University) offered a master class on new approaches to transnational memory. A picture gallery is now online. For more information on the master class, click here.
Posted on 15/10/2015
The fourth edition of the Mnemnonics Network for Memory Studies‘ annual summer school took place in London from 8-10 September 2015 and revolved around questions concerning Memory and Materialism.
A short blog entry on the summer school is now online and can be found on the The Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform.
On May 19, we had an Indian Ocean Memories Workshop in Frankfurt with a paper by Gitanjali Pyndiah with the title “Collective Amnesia, Denial or Disavowal of History? The Indian Ocean Islands of Mauritius and its Colonial Past”, followed by comments by Astrid Erll, Sissy Helff, and John Njenga Karugia.
Gitanjali Pyndiah is visiting the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform as an international fellow this summer through the Short Term Scientific Mission programme of the COST network “In Search for Transcultural Memory in Europe” (ISTME).
On April 29, Aleida Assmann visited the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform and gave a public lecture on “Forms of Forgetting.”
Her lecture was recorded and the video (flash player required) is now online.
Days and Memory Forum
The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies’ Days and Memory has posted a blog forum with Debarati Sanyal, Michael Rothberg, Ann Rigney, and Rosanne Kennedy. An introduction as well as four papers originally presented at the Modern Language Association Convention in Vancouver in January 2015 on a roundtable can be found here.
A Dialogue on the Ethics and Politics of Transcultural Memory
An exchange between A. Dirk Moses and Michael Rothberg in which they discuss the premises and implications of transcultural memory has been posted to the Days and Memory blog. The dialogue is a preview of a forthcoming volume of the Media and Cultural Memory (MCM) book series: The Transcultural Turn: Interrogating Memory Between and Beyond Borders, edited by Lucy Bond and Jessica Rapson (Berlin: de Gruyter, March 2014)
Forensic Memories: After Testimony
Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard has published an article on the research she conducted as a visiting researcher at the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform through the Short Term Scientific Mission programme of the COST network “In Search for Transcultural Memory in Europe” (ISTME) during the summer term 2014: “Forensic Memories: After Testimony’”
A pdf file of this article can be found on the journal website of ISTME.
Now available: Two new volumes in the book series Media and Cultural Memory (MCM):
Transnational Memory – Circulation, Articulation, Scales (eds. Chiara de Cesari and Ann Rigney), with an article by Astrid Erll on Travelling Schemata and Memories of “District Six”.
Mobilizing Memory for Change
A film about the conference of the COST network ‘In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe’ (ISTME) held at Central European University, Budapest in September and October 2014 can be found online here.
An article documenting the conference can be found here.
Immigration and Memory
Sébastien Fevry has published an article on the research he conducted as a visiting researcher at the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform during the summer term 2014: “Immigration and Memory in Popular Contemporary French Cinema: The Film as ‘Lieu d’Entre-Mémoire’”
A pdf file of this article can be found on the journal website of Revista de Estudios Globales & Arte Contemporáneo.