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Call for Papers

New Facets of Historical Film and Television in Contemporary Europe

Centre for Literature and Languages, Lund University, 8-9 May 2020

Contemporary European audiovisual production – film, television as well as online videos – engages with history in a variety of ways. This conference will focus on emerging perspectives that capture ongoing developments across Europe. We aim to bring together scholars within disciplines such as Film and Television studies, European studies as well as History and Memory studies in order to chart key trends, methods and theories against a background of changing institutional and industrial contexts that determine the production and circulation of audiovisual works on historical themes. We are calling for papers that explore European productions of the past two decades along the following thematic and methodological strands:

New screen biopics. The past years have seen a vivid output of film and television series exploring biographies of historical figures. A number of these works cater to nostalgic longing for particular individual and national pasts, whereas others revise received histories and address issues relevant for people across Europe today. What stories do these biographed lives facilitate, and what memories and values do they evoke and strengthen?

 Untold stories of war, conflict and trauma. How do screen works look at the ways histories of conflict have shaped stories and identities that have previously been forgotten, marginalized or excluded? What are their means for doing so and in what contexts are they produced and received?  How do these works reflect current conflicts and tensions?

Televised history and transnational audiences. National public service broadcasters, international television groups and global streaming services are investing in high-quality historical fictions and documentaries. Many of them attract large audiences on a national level, but they are also increasingly aiming for international markets. What representations of history do these new developments afford and invite us to share across borders?

Archives and cultural memory. Audiovisual archives play a fundamental role for history film and television. They allow filmmakers and history advisors access to knowledge and original material. Footage can be located and later remediated in new productions – adding authenticity, cuing audiences to recall past events, and so on. Under what conditions do archives operate and how can they, in an era of digital curating and access, facilitate intergenerational and transnational memories?

Submission deadline: 15 December 2019.

Conference website:


Posted on 11/04/2019



Sign up now!

Memory Studies Workshop

We will kick off this semester with a Memory Studies Workshop hosted by Dagmar Brunow (Linnaeus University Sweden) in cooperation with the Studiengalerie. This workshop is titled “Mining the archive of migration: John Akomfrah’s audiovisual memory work” and will feature an introduction by Antje Krause-Wahl; “Displaying Sings of Empire”. Akomfrah’s “Signs of Empire” will be screened at the Studiengalerie on this day (10-2 pm). Sign up for this workshop via erll[a] and come join us on November 7, 2-6 pm at Campus Westend, IG Farben building, room 1.414. Find a poster here: Brunow Workshop WS 1920 (pdf)


Apply now!

The Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia (USA) invites applications for an experimental “Graduate Seminar in Memory Studies” to be offered in Spring semester 2020.

Participants will include graduate students from across different disciplines at UVa along with an approximately equal number of graduate students from around the world connected electronically to a specially equipped seminar room at the University of Virginia. The seminar will be led by Prof. Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia). Find out more here: UVAMSA Graduate Seminar (pdf)


Posted on 10/28/2019


New Frontiers in Memory Studies Lectures are now

Ann Rigney’s and Natan Sznaider’s lectures have been recorded and are now online. Click here to watch.


Posted on 10/04/2019




Czerney, Sarah. Zwischen Nation und Europa, Nationalmuseen als Europamedien. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019. Reihe: Medien und Kulturelle Erinnerung.

Einen Flyer zur Publikation finden Sie hier.





Posted on 10/04/2019





Die Vorträge der Tagung “Dynamiken des Erinnerns und Vergessens” (23. und 24. Mai 2019) im Historischen Museum Frankfurt sind jetzt online!

Hier finden sich etwa die Vorträge der FMSP-Fellows Christine Abbt zur Philosophie des Vergessens (, Tilmann Habermas zu Lebensgeschichten (, Vera King zu Erinnern und Vergessen im digitalen Zeitalter (, Astrid Erll zum Erinnern und Vergessen von Homer in der longue durée ( und Verena Boos zu Heimat und Vergessen ( Sehen Sie auch die Vorträge von Hannah Monyer zu neurowissenschaftlichen Perspektiven auf Erinnern und Vergessen ( und von Aleida Assmann zu räumlichen und zeitlichen Bildern des Vergessens (!

Das Programm der Tagung finden Sie hier:


Posted on 10/04/2019



Welcome to our New Guest Researcher at FMSP!

Magdalena Zolkos, Humboldt Research Fellow, Goethe University Frankfurt

Magdalena Zolkos is Humboldt Research Fellow at Goethe University (2019-2021). Her work employs political, philosophic and literary perspectives for the analysis and theorizing of collective memorialization and historical trauma, with a particular interest in the mnemonic narratives historically marginalized in the West on account of gender and race, as well as in the post-humanist contributions to memory and trauma studies. 

Posted on 09/30/2019


Memory Studies: State of the Field Survey

Dear colleagues and leaders of Memory Studies Centers and networks around the world,

together with my colleague Prof. Anamaria Dutceac-Segesten, I am conducting an online survey designed to assess the state and development of memory studies as a field of research and practice. This is a follow-up to our previous survey of 2013.
The survey can be found here:
We ask your assistance in distributing this survey broadly to your colleagues and networks, including in academia and those involved in the practical work of memory. Please note that this survey has also gone out on Twitter (@MemStudiesAssoc), if you would like to retweet it.
We will share the results with you of course.
Many thanks!
Jenny Wüstenberg


Posted on 08/26/2019


Statement of Support for Ayşe Gül Altınay, Turkish Academic for Peace Sentenced to 25 Months in Prison

Ayşe Gül Altınay, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Center at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey, is set to give a keynote at the summer school organized by the Mnemonics network in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in September 2019.

However, she was sentenced to 25 months in prison earlier this week. Professor Altınay is one of over 2200 Academics for Peace who signed a 2016 petition denouncing the violent state-sponsored persecution of Kurdish citizens of Turkey. In her fourth and final judicial hearing, she was charged with and convicted of “knowingly and willingly supporting a terrorist organization as a non-member”.

Mnemonics, an international collaborative initiative for graduate education in the field of memory studies, strongly condemns this injustice and stands in solidarity with Professor Altınay, her more than 600 co-signatories who have been or are still on trial, and all our academic colleagues who are being persecuted for their courage to speak out against violent aggression.

On 21 May 2019, Professor Altınay made the following statement in court:

Every individual, every family living in this geography has suffered from past wars, migrations and experiences of violence. In terms of the cycle of violence that trauma studies alerts us to, we live in a challenging, vulnerable geography.

Yet, what we make of these past experiences of pain is up to us…

Are we going to turn our pain into more violence, hate, pain and injustice, or into steps that multiply life, beauty, love, peace and justice?

This is the main question that shapes my work and my life.

I firmly believe that we all have new steps we can take towards healing the traumas that have been transmitted from one generation to the other, and to break out of the cycles of violence that we are living through.

For more information about this case, see here.

See also Statement of Support — Cornelia Goethe Centre 


Posted on 05/27/2019




Memory activism, moving monuments

Prof. Dr. Ann Rigney (Utrecht)

May 16, 6-8pm, IG 1.414 (Campus Westend)

Public calls to destroy, refigure, or relocate monuments have recently become a regular feature of our news. This was especially the case in the summer of 2017 when attempts to defend or remove monuments to the Confederacy in the United States led to major public demonstrations. Understanding the mobilising power of monuments challenges cultural memory studies to extend the scope of its analysis from textual and visual representations to the material forms, usual the purview of heritage studies, in which narratives are embodied in public spaces. Find more information here.

Posted on 07/05/2019



Die andere Frankfurter Schule: Karl Mannheim und die Frankfurter Soziologie der 1930er Jahre

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Natan Sznaider (Tel Aviv)

9. Juli 2019

Karl Mannheim gilt zu Recht als einer der wichtigsten Begründer der Weimarer Wissenssoziologie. Sein neues soziologisches Programm stellte er in seiner Zeit in Frankfurt zwischen 1930 und 1933 vor. Sein Leben und seine Karriere waren auch Teil der Krise der europäischen Moderne vor dem Aufstieg des Nationalsozialismus. Mannheim war ein ungarischer Jude, der sowohl aus Ungarn als auch aus Deutschland emigrieren musste. Dieser Vortrag möchte der Frage nachgehen, ob es eine jüdisch kosmopolitische Perspektive für Europa gibt.

Der Vortrag findet um 16 Uhr in Raum IG 1.414 auf dem Campus Westend der Goethe-Universität statt und wird in Kooperation mit dem Fritz Bauer-Institut ausgerichtet. Mehr Informationen zum Vortrag gibt es hier.

Posted on 29/03/2019


Vergessen – Warum wir nicht alles erinnern

Sonderausstellung im Historischen Museum Frankfurt

7. März – 14. Juli 2019

Vergessen. Alle kennen es, jeder tut es. Vergessen ist normal. Mal finden wir es lästig, mal hilfreich und tröstlich, dann wieder problematisch. Wie lässt es sich beschreiben? In einer Sonderausstellung nimmt das Historische Museum Frankfurt es unter die Lupe – und denkt damit auch über sich selbst nach, denn Museen sind nicht nur für das Erinnern zuständig.
[Plakat der Ausstellung “Vergessen – Warum wir nicht alles erinnern”, Ilya Kabakov, Collage of Spaces # 4, 2010 © Courtesy of Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Bukhtoyarov Family Collection, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019]
Mehr Informationen zur Sonderausstellung gibt es hier.
Tagung – Dynamiken des Erinnerns und Vergessens
Die Ausstellung “Vergessen – warum wir nicht alles erinnern” macht die vielfältigen Dimensionen des Vergessens sichtbar und verzahnt Erkenntnisse der Sozialwissenschaften, Kulturgeschichte, Neurowissenschaft, Psychoanalyse und Kunst miteinander. Die Tagung vertieft diese und weitere Themenfelder mit Vorträgen und Gesprächen.
Donnerstag, 23.05. und Freitag, 24.05.2019
Historisches Museum Frankfurt
Mehr Informationen zum Symposium finden Sie hier.


Posted on 23/04/2019



New Guest Researcher at FMSP

We are excited to welcome Taylor McConnell as a visiting researcher at FMSP for the 2019 summer semester!
Taylor is a doctoral researcher in sociology at the university of Edinburgh. His thesis, “Još Hrvatska ni propala [Still Croatia Has Not Fallen]: Examining the Public Face of Memory in Croatia”, focuses on the visual culture of remembrance and the process of identity construction in Croatia since the end of the War of Independence/Homeland War in 1995. This research involves examinations of publicly-accessible and tangible forms of memorialising the past, namely monuments, memorial placards, museums, art and commemorative events, and the relationship between memory and conflict.
You can read more about Taylor here. We are greatly looking forward to Taylor’s stay in Frankfurt!

Posted on 05/03/2019


MSA Forward: Memory Studies Moving Onward and Upward

Article in Memory Studies 12.1

In the current issue of Memory Studies, Hanna Teichler (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Rebekah Vince (University of Warwick) reflect upon the état présent of emerging scholarship in the interdisiplinary field of Memory Studies and give a conference report on the first MSA Forward interactive workshop which preceded the second annual conference of the Memory Studies Association (MSA) in December 2017. MSA Forward is the postgraduate arm of the Memory Studies Association and offers a platform for exchanging ideas amongst a cohort of emerging scholars engaging with recent developments in Memory Studies and interacting with key academics in the field. Find the full article here.

Posted on 26/02/2019


Job Offer: Historisches Museum Frankfurt

7 March – 14 July 2019

Deadline for Applications: 15 February 2019

Das Historische Museum Frankfurt sucht freie Mitarbeiter für die Ausstellung “Vergessen. Warum wir nicht alles erinnern” (7. März – 14. Juli 2019) zur Ticketkontrolle und als Darsteller für die Aufführung eines Werkes des zeitgenössischen Künstlers Tino Sehgal. Mehr Informationen hier: Ausschreibung_Aufsichten_TinoSehgal_ThisIsNew_HMF-2.

Posted on 06/02/2019


Astrid Erll in Conversation with Michel Friedman

“Auf ein Wort…” (Deutsche Welle)

Ist das Gedächtnis statisch oder dynamisch? Funktioniert es kognitiv oder emotional? Beherrscht das Gedächtnis den Menschen, oder beherrscht der Mensch das Gedächtnis? Michel Friedman und Kulturwissenschaftlerin Astrid Erll debattieren über das Gedächtnis.

Posted on 14/01/2019


Call for Papers: Mnemonics Summer School 2019: Memory and Activism

Utrecht, 18 – 20 September 2019

Deadline for Applications: 1 March 2019

The annual Mnemonics Summer School serves as an interactive forum in which junior and senior memory scholars meet in an informal and convivial setting to discuss each other’s work and to reflect on new developments in the field of memory studies. The eighth Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school will be hosted by the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies, Wednesday 18-Friday 20 September, at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The 2019 topic will be Memory and Activism. In recent years scholars have increasingly recognised that some practices of cultural memory look as much to the future as to the past; and that the commemoration of past events can be intimately linked to attempts to change the present and create a different future. The 2019 PhD summer school will explore further, both theoretically and through the study of particular cases, the interplay between memory and activism.

Click here to see the call for papers.

Posted on 14/01/2019


Call for Papers: Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood

25-27 September 2019

Deadline for Applications: 10 January 2019

The UCD Humanities Institute, University College Dublin is hosting an international conference in collaboration with the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, on “Exploring the Transnational Neighbourhood: Integration, Community, and Co-Habitation”. Transnational neighbourhoods are frequently depicted as the ‘other’ and – as Gillian Jein notes – a ‘deviant terrain’. The current political debate is highly polarised, binary and often dominated by quantitative arguments concerning the number of refugees, and the social, economic and political impact of their integration. Against this backdrop, the conference seeks to shift focus by exploring transcultural encounters in the urban neighbourhood. The organisers posit that the urban neighbourhood is a social microcosm that allows for a more nuanced discussion of transculturality as lived practice. They invite papers from a broad range of disciplines and fields, including urban geography, urban planning, architecture, memory studies, film studies, visual and performance arts, contemporary literary studies, cultural studies, sociology, practice-based research and linguistics.

Click here to see the call for papers.

Posted on 27/11/2018


Conference Reflections: Rwanda after 1994

Chijioke Kizito Onah, MA student of Anglophone Literatures, Cultures and Media at Goethe University and member of the FMSP, has recently published his reflections on the conference “Rwanda After 1994: Stories of Change” (St. Andrews, 06 July 2018) in the African Courier. You can read his article here.

Posted on 29/10/2018


3 PhD Positions and 2 Postdoc Positions in Utrecht

Deadline for Applications: 01 November 2018

Five research positions are open in Ann Rigney’s ERC project “Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe.” Please click here to see details on the 3 PhD positions, and here for more information on the two Postdoc positions.

Posted on 25/10/2018


Film: Afrasian Memories in East Africa

The film ‘Afrasian Memories in East Africa’ is an attempt at understanding imaginaries and memories that connect Africa and Asia, how these imaginaries and memories are produced and what they are used for within the Afrasian transregion. The film focuses on connective Afrasian memories while remaining sensitive towards connective Afrabian dynamics. Through interviews with various people, it delves into themes such as: the naming of the ocean, transoceanic trade, transculturality, colonialism, railway memories, identity politics, Kiswahili language politics, Afrabian solidarity politics, slavery memories and Bombay Africans’ Memories amongst others.

This film project has emerged from a collaboration between the “Africa’s Asian Options” project at Goethe University Frankfurt (AFRASO) and Community Images. Dr. John Njenga Karugia from AFRASO at Goethe University Frankfurt collaborated with one of East Africa’s most renowned documentary film-makers, Ramadhan Khamis of Community Images, in producing this film.

You can watch the film here on youtube.

Posted on 19/10/2018


Call for Papers: MSA Forward 2019

Madrid, 25-28 June 2019

Deadline for Applications: 01 December 2018

The Third Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association (MSA) will take place in 2019 in Madrid. MSA Forward, the graduate forum for young scholars and practitioners, welcomes papers from graduate students, Phd candidates and postdocs in their early stages dealing with the theme of moving memories. Participants of MSA Forward are eligible to participate in the methodology and/or teaching workshops which will take place as part of the main conference. Click here to see the full Call for Papers.

Posted on 16/10/2018


Out now: Polish Translation of Astrid Erll’s Introduction to Cultural Memory

As the result of a cooperation between the Warsaw University Press and Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau, a Polish translation of Astrid Erll’s Kollektives Gedächtnis und Erinnerungskulturen: Eine Einführung has just been published. Click here for more information.

Posted on 11/09/2018


Call for Papers: Winter School Social Semiotics: Mediale Tradierung – kulturelle Transformationen im digitalen Zeitalter

Passau, 20-23 February 2019

Deadline for Applications: 15 October 2018

In der vom 20. bis 23. Februar 2019 geplanten Winterschule soll diskutiert werden, wie sich neue mediale Möglichkeiten zu konventionellen Strukturen und AkteurInnen der kulturellen Tradierung sowie zur Generierung von kulturellem Wissen verhalten. Dabei wird u.a. in den Blick genommen, wie sich mediale Tradierung im digitalen Zeitalter wandelt – vor allem über partizipative Möglichkeiten im Internet und Kommunikationsoperatoren wie bspw. den Hashtag.

Click here to read the full CfP. Please note that this winter school will be held in German.

Posted on 10/09/2018


Out now! “Rethinking Countermemory: Black-Jewish negotiations in rap music”, by Jarula M.I. Wegner (Goethe University, FMSP, IMSG) online first in the journal Memory Studies.

Article abstract: The concept of countermemory is frequently used in various, sometimes contradictory ways. This essay aims at further clarifying the concept of countermemory by highlighting its potentials and limits. After revisiting Michel Foucault’s initial use of countermemory, the concept is analysed in three case studies of Black-Jewish negotiations in US Rap music. The analysis shows that the discourse of Black-Jewish relations entered rap music in the 1980s and continues well into the twenty-first century. The concept of countermemory has at least four characteristics. It is necessarily related and in opposition to another memory. It employs two different time horizons and enables transcultural memory negotiations. Finally, there are instances of moderate and radical uses of countermemory. Some characteristics are essential to the concept, while others only occasionally appear. Countermemories can be reactionary or progressive, constructive or destructive, factual or fictitious.

Posted on 31/08/2018


Video Recording of Christina Morina’s Talk in Frankfurt

In May this year, Christina Morina (University of Amsterdam) gave a New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture here in Frankfurt with the title “Die Erfindung des Marxismus: Wie eine Idee die Welt eroberte“, which doubled as a Mittwochskonferenz of our Frankfurt Humanities Research Centre. A video recording of this talk can now be viewed here. Please note that the talk was held in German.

Posted on 28/08/2018


Video Recording of Julia Creet’s Talk in Frankfurt

Click here to find a video recording of the talk “The Journey: H.G. Adler as Modernist Historiographer” that Julia Creet (York University, Toronto) gave here in Frankfurt in May as part of our New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture series.

Posted on 24/08/2018


Pictures from the Writer’s Talk with Verena Boos

On June 26, the writer Verena Boos talked to us about her book project on the layers of memory in the urbon topography in Barcelona. Click here to see some photographic impressions of the event.

Posted on 21/08/2018


Invitation to the Keynote Lecture of the Mnemonics Summer School 2018: Ecologies of Memory

Leuven, 22-24 August 2018

The keynote lectures at this year’s Mnemonics summer school – unlike the rest of the programme – are open to the public. Please feel welcome to visit these: on Wednesday, 22nd of August (9:45–11:00 am) Gabriele Schwab (University of California, Irvine) will be talking about “Hiroshima’s Ghostly Shadows: Collective Memory, Trauma, and Scale”. On Thursday, 23rd of August ( 9:30–10:45 am) Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths, University of London) will give a keynote lecture on “Remembering Agency in the Anthropocene”; and on Friday, 24th of August (9:30–10:45 am) Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow) will be thinking about “The Forgetting Conundrum”.

For further information and abstracts of these keynote lectures, visit the website of Ghent University’s Memory Studies Initiative.

Posted on 16/07/2018


Call for Papers: International Conference Shadow Places. Urban Strategies of Dealing with Painful Pasts

Warsaw, 07-10 March 2019

Deadline for applications: 15 September 2018

The term “shadow place” is a neologism that draws attention to memorialization and touristification as social processes. It designates places that are confronted with a publicly known and labelled historical burden, that are informed by them as spaces of memory, and have become tourist attractions as a result. Shadow places are different from “dark” or “evil” places in that their meaning cannot be solely reduced to terrors of the past; the attribute “shadow” implies positive as well as negative interpretations of the past. Accordingly, shadow places define spaces where the tension plays out between affliction and liberation, victimhood and heroism, between the onus and the pleasures of the past. It is the reception of historical burden and its place in the cultural memory of posterity, and not the historical events themselves, that decides on the type and degree of shadow cast on a particular place.

Click here to see the full CfP.

Posted on 14/07/2018


Out now! Cultural Memory Studies after the Transnational Turn. Special Issue of Memory Studies 11,3 (2018), edited by Astrid Erll and Ann Rigney

Featuring: Astrid Erll: “Homer: A Relational Mnemohistory“; Aleida Assmann: “One Land and Three Narratives: Palestinian Sites of Memory in Israel“; Barbara Törnquist-Plewa: “The Transnational Dynamics of Local Remembrance: The Jewish Past in a Former Shtetl in Poland“; Frank Schulze-Engler: “When Remembering Back is Not Enough: Provincializing Europe in World War II Novels from India and New Zealand“; John Njenga Karugia: “Connective Afrasian Sea Memories: Transregional Imaginaries, Memory Politics, and Complexities of National ‘Belonging’“; Rosanne Kennedy: “Reparative Transnationalism: The Friction and Fiction of Remembering in Sierra Leone“; Neil Levi & Michael Rothberg: “Memory Studies in a Moment of Danger: Fascism, Postfascism, and the Contemporary Political Imaginary“; and Ann Rigney: “Remembering Hope: Transnational Activism Beyond the Traumatic“.

Posted on 11/07/2018


Call for Papers: Third Annual Memory Studies Association Conference

Madrid, 25-28 June 2019

Deadline for applications: 01 October 2018

Founded in 2016 in Amsterdam, the Memory Studies Association (MSA) aims to provide a central forum for developing, discussing, and exchanging ideas about the theory and methodology of the broad-ranging field of memory studies. The MSA welcomes all students, scholars, and practitioners interested in memory in both the public and private realms, no matter their home discipline, to come together to help advance the field and exchange work and ideas.

The conference will highlight the extending horizons of memory studies, inviting papers that discuss both transnational memory constellations and specific examples of local memory-making around the globe. It seeks answers to questions such as: How can memory studies continue to conceptualize the production of memories around the globe while taking into account the diversity of conceptualizations of time and space? Acknowledging the fact that current theories of memory are heavily influenced by the memories of traumatic pasts, how can memory studies broaden its scope, for instance, by incorporating the analysis of non-violent pasts?

To see the full CfP and/or submit a proposal, visit the MSA website.

Posted on 28/06/2018


Writer’s Talk with Verena Boos:

Ein Werkstattgespräch über die Schichten der Erinnerung in der urbanen Topografie Barcelonas

Frankfurt, 26 June 2018 (12-2 pm, IG 1.414)

Die katalanisch-spanische Aktualität ist ohne die Geschichte nicht zu verstehen. Im Konflikt um Katalonien wird weniger das katalonische Steuerdefizit als vielmehr Erinnerung verhandelt und aus einem spezifischen Geschichtsbewusstsein heraus Zukunft zu gestalten versucht. Ein historisch aufgeladener Ort ist der Montjuïc, Barcelonas Hausberg. Im Fossar de la Pedrera im stadtabgewandten Teil des Montjuïc liegen unter anderem Tausende Opfer der Franco-Diktatur und auch der 1940 hingerichtete katalanische Präsident Lluis Companys begraben. Im Werkstattgespräch folgt die Schriftstellerin Verena Boos den Spuren der Geschichte und lotet anhand dieser Fallstudie aus, wie Erinnerung Gegenwart mitgestaltet.

Please note that this talk will be held in German. For more information, click here.

Posted on 06/06/2018


Presentation: “When would I enter that light beyond metaphor?”: The Burden of Antiquity

Frankfurt, 21 June 2018 (12-2 pm, Cas 1.812)

On the 21st of June, Madeleine Scherer (University of Warwick) will be visiting us in Frankfurt to discuss some of the strategies Caribbean writers Walcott and Harris have utilized to negotiate the complicated legacy of classical antiquity, and will also compare their approaches with José Triana’s Medea in the Mirror, a revision of the ancient Medea myth in modern Cuba that sees its heroine possessed by the spirit of the ancient sorceress. Through discussing the strategies of these different writers and dramatists to approaching the much-contested history of the Caribbean, classical antiquity, and the legacies of European colonialism, this talk will highlight the unique and crucial impact Caribbean authors have made on the concept of ‘classical reception’, and the discussions they have shaped around the ideas of legacy and cultural heritage.

For more information, click here.

Posted on 05/06/2018


Two PhD Project Presentations:

Present-Tense Novels and Postmemorial Metafiction

Frankfurt, 19 June 2018 (12-2 pm, IG 1.414)

Carolin Gebauer and Sofie Friederike Mevissen (both: University of Wuppertal) will be presenting their research in Frankfurt on the 19th of June. Carolin Gebauer’s talk is called “Narrating (in) the Here-and-Now: Narrative Dynamics in the Present-Tense Novel”, and Sofie Friederike Mevissen will be talking about “Flight and Expulsion in Postmemorial Metafiction. Ulrike Draesner’s Novel Sieben Sprünge vom Rand der Welt (2014)”. Click here to read abstracts of both talks.

Posted on 29/05/2018


Workshop with Emil Lundedal Hammar (University of Tromsø) and Stephanie de Smale (Utrecht University)

Playful Memory-Making: Studying Memory in Games

Frankfurt, 12 June 2018 (16:15-18:00, Cas 1.812)

This workshop will treat how games and play inform memory-making. By working with cases of games, participants will contribute with their own ideas, thoughts, and experiences on the relationship between play and memory, and how to study such phenomena. Everyone is welcome, simply register via e-mail to emil.hammar[at] Click here for a more detailed description.

Posted on 17/05/2018


PhD Project Presentation: Jordis Lau (University of Hamburg)

Foregrounding the Past – Literary Modernism into Media Art

Frankfurt, 29 May 2018 (12-2 pm, IG 1.414)

Jordis Lau’s project is interested in the afterlives of modernist literature in the audio-visual arts. Video art, experimental film, and moving image installation art frequently appropriate modernist prose and poetry. Yet quite contrary to the etymology of appropriation, media artworks appropriate not by making familiar but rather by making strange: Instead of transparently imitating their source as “a window onto another world,” they employ aesthetic strategies that can be accounted for with the Russian Formalist notion of estrangement. The appropriations open up a dialog between past and present and circulate versions of modernism across national and cultural borders. The project asks about the implications of these repercussions in transcultural memory. Find out more by clicking here.

Posted on 16/05/2018


New Frontiers in Memory Studies: Julia Creet (York University, Canada)

H.G. Adler as Modernist Historiographer

Frankfurt, 15 May 2018 (12-2 pm, IG 1.414)

Julia Creet’s talk will introduce Adler as a modernist historiographer where the integration of the biographical, the historical and the literary becomes not just a question of the genre of a work but also a quality of its history of publication and reception. Click here for more information.

Posted on 09/05/2018


Call for Applications: Summer School “Moving Image Memory Cultures

Potsdam, 24-28 September 2018

Deadline for applications: 03 June 2018

The innovative core of the international Summer School lies in its conceptual intertwining of two defining phenomena of current and recent times. These are, on the one hand, the memory boom that swept western societies in the last third of the 20th century, and, on the other hand, the growing public presence of moving images that occurred in the course of the 20th century, and again more recently and more forcefully with digitization. Essential to this undertaking is an interdisciplinary exchange which also incorporates media practices.

Click here to see the full CfA (PDF).

Posted on 04/05/2018


New Frontiers in Memory Studies: Christina Morina, “Die Erfindung des Marxismus: Erfahrung, Idee und Engagement im Zeitalter der Ideologien

Frankfurt, 09 May 2018 (6-8 pm, IG 411)

In this New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture, which doubles as a Mittwochskonferenz of the Frankfurt Humanities Research Centres, Christina Morina will be tracing the development of Karl Marx and his writings to Marxism. The lecture will be held in German and an abstract can be found here.

Posted on 04/05/2018


In the Name of Security: An International Roundtable Across the Disciplines

Frankfurt, 04 May 2018 (10 am, CAS 1.811)

We live in an age of security. It is in the name of security that nation-states routinely suspend civil rights. It is in the name of security that individuals take precaution against all kinds of harm in everyday life. But why is it that we worry so much about threats to our security? And why do we willingly give up rights and freedoms in the name of security? Prompted by the publication of Johannes Völz’s study The Poetics of Insecurity: American Fiction and the Uses of Threat (Cambridge University Press), this international and interdisciplinary roundtable discussion will consider whether insecurity and security are distinctly modern phenomena of handling uncertainty; what kind of constructions of the present and the future are enabled by the logic of security; whether security, and particularly insecurity, come to depend on a particular aesthetic; what security and insecurity tell us about the role of fiction for modern ways of perceiving the world; whether the preoccupation with threats signals a cultural desire for catastrophe; and how the spell of undemocratic rule in the name of security can be broken.

The panelists are Susana Araújo (Center of Comparative Studies, University of Lisbon), Astrid Erll (English and Anglophone Literatures, Goethe-University Frankfurt), Andreas Fahrmeir (Modern History, Goethe-University Frankfurt), Johannes Völz (American Studies, Goethe-University Frankfurt), and Michael C. Williams (Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa). For more information, click here.

Posted on 23/04/2018


New Guest Researcher at FMSP

We are excited to welcome Emil Lundedal Hammar from UiT Tromsø to Frankfurt this semester! Emil is a PhD candidate in Game and Memory Studies and his research project focuses on the intersection between digital games, cultural memory, and hegemony with particular attention to race & the political economy of historical games. He will be in Frankfurt for the full semester and we are looking forward to discussing all sorts of memory studies matters with him!

A good opportunity to get an insight into Emil’s research will be his upcoming presentation during our memory studies colloquium on Tuesday 24 April (12 to 2 pm, IG 1.414). The title of his talk is “Playing the Past: The hegemonic memory politics of producing and playing historical digital games” (click in order to see an abstract of the talk!). Anyone interested in game and/or memory studies is invited to attend!

Posted on 12/04/2018


Programme: International Conference Co-Memoration: Limits, Challenges, and Possibilities in Contemporary Shoah Remembrance

Freiburg, 19-21 April 2018

The programme for the international conference Co-Memoration: Limits, Challenges, and Possibilities in Contemporary Shoah Remembrance has now been published. Click here to see a PDF containing the programme and a description of the conference topic (in both English and German), and click here to register if you’d like to attend the event.

Posted on 09/03/2018


Call for Papers: International Workshop Commodification of History: The Past as Source of Entertainment and Commerce

Prague, 15-16 September 2018

Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2018

The question how exactly history has been used in commercial settings, how the past is being transformed into history with a special commercial interest, has so far been under-researched. This workshop, organized by the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism in Prague, will pick up on this and tackle questions of commodification in an interdisciplinary approach and will aim at a more nuanced and in depth analysis of processes and practices of commodification. The workshop will include both discussion panels and a fieldtrip to a site of commodified history in Prague to provide participants with hands-on experience.

Click here to see the full call for papers (PDF).

Posted on 08/03/2018


Call for Papers for Mnemonics 2018: Ecologies of Memory

Leuven, 22-24 August 2018

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2018

The seventh Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school will be hosted by the Flemish Memory Studies Network (a collaboration of the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative at Ghent University and KU Leuven’s Literary Studies Research Unit) from 22 to 24 August 2018 at the Irish College in Leuven. Confirmed keynote speakers are Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths, University of London), Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow), and Gabriele Schwab (UC Irvine).

This year’s Mnemonics summer school addresses memory from an ecological perspective. The term “ecology” foregrounds the relationships between organisms and their environments; it emphasizes the interrelations between different agents rather than isolated elements. Mnemonics 2018 engages with the recent shift in the study of memory towards the multifarious interactions between media, platforms, cultures, and generations, but also between the domains of the human and the nonhuman.

Submission is open to all doctoral students interested in memory studies. For more information, see the Mnemonics Network website.

Posted on 25/01/2018


Call for Papers: International Conference Nostalgies, mémoires et cultures médiatiques: entre esthétique, marchandisation et politisation

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 10-11 May 2018

Deadline for applications: 25 January 2018

As part of the 86th convention of the Association Francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) a conference on nostalgia and memory will be held at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. You will find the Call for Papers here (PDF). Please note that the conference language will be French.

Posted on 22/01/2018


Call for Applications: 2 Post-doc Fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2018

From 2018-2020, the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Konstanz will host a Research Group funded by the Balzan Prize that was awarded in 2017 to Aleida and Jan Assmann for their work on Cultural Memory. The topic of the research project will be “Reconstructing Memory in the City – Transnational and Local (European) Sites of Memory.”

Find out more by clicking here (PDF).

Posted on 04/12/2017


International Conference: Image, History and Memory – Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe

Warsaw, 6-8 December 2017

Images as witnesses to history, materialized memories or their active co-creators? The multi-faceted relationship between the past and its visual representations will be the main focus of the 7th edition of the international Genealogies of Memory conference to be held in Warsaw on 6-8 December. The agenda features inter alia lectures by Ernst van Alphen, Robert Hariman, Constantin Parvulescu and Wojciech Suchocki, as well as Mieke Bal leading the tour of her own video-installations entitled “Dis-Remembered: A Long History of Madness” and “Mis-Remembered: Reasonable Doubt”.

Admission is free. You can find out more about the conference on this website. For those unable to attend the conference, the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) will provide a live streaming of the whole event, via the ENRS YouTube channel.

Posted on 04/12/2017


Video: Astrid Erll, Odyssean Travels – A Literary History of Modern Memory

On November 16, Astrid Erll gave a talk with the title “Odyssean Travels – A Literary History of Modern Memory” at the University of Amsterdam’s academic-cultural centre SPUI25. You can watch a video of this talk by clicking here.

In this lecture Astrid Erll addresses the longue durée of cultural memory and shows how – ever since the archaic age – Homer’s Odyssey has been ‘travelling’ across time and space. The Odyssey is a prime example of the transculturality of memory, a text that crosses the divides drawn between ‘East’ and ‘West’ or between Europe and elsewhere. This lecture sets out on an ‘Odyssean journey’ through literary and cultural history in order to show how we can begin to understand the fundamental relationality of all cultural memory – and discuss what this relationality may mean in the present moment. This lecture emerges from a current project (an “Opus Magnum”) funded by Volkswagen Foundation. The project seeks to advance literary and historical memory studies. It focuses on translations, rewritings, and remediations of the Odyssey since the 18th century as well as on discussions of ‘Homer’ as cultural heritage in order to get a deeper sense of the logic of ‘modern memory’.

Posted on 27/11/2017


Book Presentation and Discussion: Martin Aleida’s Tanah Air yang Hilang

Goethe University Frankfurt, 23 November 2017 (6 pm)

The acclaimed Indonesian author Martin Aleida will read from his latest price-winning novel Tanah Air yang Hilang and will discuss his work with students and participants. The reading will be in German and Indonesian; the discussion will be in English.

You can find more information about the event on this flyer (in German).

Posted on 20/11/2017


Book announcement: Forensic Memory – Literature after Testimony

Johanne Bøndergaard’s study of a new forensic literary mode has just been published in the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies series. The book describes and analyses a particular literary mode that challenges the aesthetics of testimony by approaching the past through detection, analysis, and ‘archaeological’ digging. How does forensic literature narrate the past in terms of plot, language, narration, and use of visual media? This volume examines how forensic literature provides an important corrective to the forensic paradigm and a means of exploring the relationship between visual and material evidence and various forms of testimony. This literary engagement with the past is investigated in order to challenge a forensic paradigm that aims to eliminate the problems related to human testimony through scientific objectivity, resulting in a fresh and original text in which Bøndergaard argues literature’s potential to explore the mechanisms of representation, interpretation, and narration.

You can find more information – including a free preview – here.

Johanne Bøndergaard was visiting researcher at the FMSP during the summer semester 2014.

Posted on 14/11/2017


Call for Papers: International Conference Archives of Resistance: Cosmopolitanism, Memory and World Literature

Leeds, 20-22 June 2018

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018

The aim of this three-day conference is to establish new critical positions in the burgeoning field of world literature, to provide critical interventions in current debates over the relation between world literature, cosmopolitanism, and memory studies, and to connect these debates to contemporary incarnations of capitalist modernity: refugee crises, neo-fascisms and environmental disaster.

Click here to see the conference website with the full CfP.

Posted on 13/11/2017


Programme for the Memory Studies Association Conference 2017 now online!

The programme for the second annual conference of the Memory Studies Association (MSA), which will be hosted by the University of Copenhagen from December 14 to 16, is now online. You can find it here.

Hosting 77 research panels and roundtables, 8 turbo talk sessions and 69 poster presentations the conference addresses a number of crucial themes within memory studies. These include monuments, museums, politics and administration of memory, memory and activism, the digital turn, media, arts and literature, trauma, memory and psychology, migration, gender and memory, and sites and places of memory. The Memory Studies Association aims to provide the main annual networking opportunity for scholars and practitioners in the field. Speakers include Marianne Hirsch, Jan Gross, Joshua Oppenheimer, Aleida Asssmann, Astrid Erll, Ann Rigney, Carol Gluck, Patrick Hutton, Paco Ferrandiz and many others.

All are welcome to attend this event! The conference will feature a mini-film festival, a book raffle, and many networking opportunities. You can register here.

Posted on 03/11/2017


Final Publication of the COST action “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe”

A volume called The Twentieth Century in European Memory: Transcultural Mediation and Reception, edited by Tea Sindbæk Andersen (University of Copenhagen) and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Lund University), has just been published with Brill. The book investigates contested and divisive memories of conflicts, world wars, dictatorship, genocide and mass killing. Focusing on the questions of transculturality and reception, the book looks at the ways in which such memories are being shared, debated and received by museum workers, artists, politicians and general audiences. Due to amplified mobility and communication as well as Europe’s changing institutional structure, such memories become increasingly transcultural, crossing cultural and political borders. The book brings together in-depth researched case studies of memory transmission and reception in different types of media, including films, literature, museums, political debate printed and digital media, as well as studies of personal and public reactions.

An open-access digital version of the volume can be found here.

Posted on 02/11/2017


Two New Guest Researchers at FMSP

We are excited to welcome Delphine Munos (visiting as a Humboldt Researcher) and Ian Ellison (DAAD Visiting Scholar) at the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform this fall! Delphine will be working on a postdoctoral project focusing on narratology and 20th-and 21st-century minority/postcolonial literatures, while Ian is writing a PhD thesis which explores how European novels published at the turn of the twenty-first century in different national contexts engage with transnational catastrophes and difficult pasts through an aesthetic attitude of melancholy cosmopolitanism. Welcome to the two of you – it’s great to have you here!

Posted on 23/10/2017


Call for Papers: International Conference Co-Memoration: Limits, Challenges, and Possibilities in Contemporary Shoah

Freiburg, 19-21 April 2018

Deadline for applications: 30 November 2017

The organisers, Daniela Henke and Tom Vanassche, describe their intent with this conference as follows: “The aim is threefold. Firstly, we want to consider more instances of commemoration within German-speaking countries which can be analysed through the perspective of co-memoration. In a similar vein, (historical) discourses of (purported) comemoration, which may rather evoke a renewed competition between groups of victims, need to be critically assessed. Secondly, we are looking for similar examples from other languages. Thirdly, we are very much looking forward to contributions which link theories of fiction to theories of commemoration. Does the field of Memory Studies reflect on the social status of fiction, which in the case of the Shoah seems to be defined and discussed differently from other topics? Conversely, may theorists of fiction approach questions such as the integration of historical facts in fictional narratives differently by taking insights from the field of Memory Studies into account?

Click here to see the full CfP in both English and German.

Posted on 20/09/2017


Videos of the Mnemonics Keynotes now online!

For anyone who missed Mnemonics 2017 as well as for any participant who would like to see the lectures again, here is a link to video recordings of the three keynotes of the summer school we hosted in Frankfurt a week ago.

The three lectures were given by Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University) on Memories of Europe in the Art from Elsewhere, by Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz) on Frames of Transmission, and by Anna Reading (King’s College London) on The Anti-Social Life of Memory.

Posted on 15/09/2017


Video of Emilie Pine’s Lecture The Witness and the Archive

You can now view a video recording of Emilie Pine’s lecture with the title “The Witness and the Archive: Digitising Memories of Childhood Abuse in Ireland” here. This talk was part of our New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture series this summer and took place on 27 June. You can read an abstract of the paper here.

Posted on 13/09/2017


Keynote Lectures of the Mnemonics Summer School 2017

Frankfurt, 7-9 September 2017

We are proud to be hosting the annual summer school of the Mnemonics network in early September this year here in Frankfurt. The topic of this year’s instalment of summer school series is The Social Life of Memory. While the summer school at large is traditionally a closed event in order to facilitate discussions of the contributors’ projects in an intimate and supportive atmosphere, anyone interested in joining us for the three keynote lectures is very welcome to do so! Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University) will be thinking about Memories of Europe in the Art from Elsewhere (10 am; September 7); Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz) will give a presentation on Frames of Transmission (9:30 am; September 8); and Anna Reading (King’s College London) will be talking about The Anti-Social Life of Memory. Please click on the respective lecture title for more detailed information.

Posted on 10/08/2017


Call for Papers: Doing Memory of Right-Wing Violence in Mediated Public Spheres

Tübingen, 15-16 October 2017

Deadline for proposals: 15 August

This international and interdisciplinary workshop is interested in innovative theoretical and empirical studies on doing memory of right wing violence: The long history of right-wing violence Western societies have witnessed since 1945 includes acts of racist violence, which are socially remembered due to the massive media coverage involved. Nevertheless, there are also many acts of right-wing violence that are almost forgotten. In some cases, remembering is organized only by small groups or family members of those affected by right-wing actors.

Right-wing violence does not only cause individual fear and trauma but also radically unsettles foundations of democratic societies. Hate crimes do not regularly address the victimized individual but the whole group the individual represents according to the perpetrator’s worldview. Additionally, further victimization can occur through inadequate reaction by security forces, media, or personal surroundings: e.g. blaming the victim of being (partially) responsible for or denying the political dimension of the particular act of violence. Our starting point is that societies should publicly remember acts of right-wing violence.

Click here to see the full CfP (PDF).

Posted on 01/08/2017


Call for Papers: MSA Forward – Early Career Researchers in Memory Studies

Copenhagen, 13-16 December 2017

Deadline for proposals: 31 July

The Memory Studies Association’s second annual conference provides a forum for PhD students to explore the connection of their research to Memory Studies. MSA Forward offers a platform for exchanging ideas with a cohort of early researchers, learning about recent developments in Memory Studies and interacting with key academics in the field. The organizers invite proposals for 5-minute flash presentations which explore the role of Memory Studies in individual PhD projects.

Click here to see the full CfP.

Posted on 03/07/2017


FzHG Lunch Paper mit Jan Rupp: Rituale erzählen. Krisenbewältigung in der englischen Moderne

Frankfurt, 05 July 2017, 12-2 pm (IG 1.414)

Von der Markierung biographischer Übergänge bis zum kollektiven Reenactment von Geschichte erleben Rituale heute eine vielfältige Renaissance. Ein wichtiger Bezugspunkt für ihre jüngere Konjunktur liegt in den Ursprüngen von ‚living history‘ um 1900. Der Vortrag von Jan Rupp beleuchtet sogenannte historische Pageants in der Kultur und Literatur der englischen Moderne als Paradigma der kulturwissenschaftlichen Erzählforschung.

Das Poster (PDF) zur Veranstaltung ist hier zu finden.

Posted on 28/06/2017


Religiöse Differenz in pluraler Gesellschaft: Navid Kermani und Jan Assmann im Gespräch

Frankfurt, 28 June 2017, 6 pm (HZ 1)

Am Mittwoch, den 28. Juni 2017 um 18.15 Uhr wird der LOEWE-Forschungsschwerpunkt “Religiöse Positionierung” der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main und der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen feierlich eröffnet. Als Gastredner konnten Dr. Navid Kermani und Prof. Dr. Jan Assmann gewonnen werden – sie werden über den Umgang mit religiöser Vielfalt und Differenz in der pluralen Gesellschaft diskutieren. Isaak Dentler (Schauspiel Frankfurt) liest in diesem Zusammenhang aus Navid Kermanis Buch Ungläubiges Staunen. Über das Christentum.

Die Veranstaltung findet auf dem Campus Westend der Goethe-Universität statt – Hörsaalzentrum HZ 1. Der Eintritt ist frei, keine Anmeldung ist erforderlich.

Weitere Informationen sind hier zu finden.

Posted on 26/06/2017


Photography Exhibition: The Act of Living

Frankfurt, 28 June to 10 July 2017 (PEG Foyer)

Vernissage: 28 June, 6 pm

The vernissage of the photography exhibition “The Act of Living” will take place next Wednesday 28th June at 6 pm, in PEG Foyer, on the Campus Westend. The exhibition is the result of a collaborative work, led by Asia Justice and Rights and the photographer Anne-Cecile Esteve, with female victims of the political repression which followed the 1965 coup attempt in Indonesia. It is the result of a journey through personal memories, a part of a healing process and a trace of Indonesian history framed in a touching way. The opening speech will be given by Mrs. Indria Fernida, the Regional Coordinator at Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), and followed by an informal discussion.

For more information, see the invitation here.

Posted on 26/06/2017


New Frontiers in Memory Studies: The Witness and the Archive: Digitising Memories of Childhood Abuse in Ireland

Frankfurt, 27 June 2017 (12-2 pm; IG 1.414)

In this lecture, Emilie Pine (University College Dublin) will consider the ways that digital approaches to archives can tell new stories and act as a belated form of witnessing. The lecture focuses on the University College Dublin project Industrial Memories, which digitally re-reads the 2009 Ryan Report on institutional child abuse in Ireland, using approaches such as text analytics and mobile apps to open up the archive. This document is one of the most important publications in the history of the Irish state. It is also one of the least read. Pine considers how digital approaches might change that.

You can find out more about the event here.

Posted on 07/06/2017


New Frontiers in Memory Studies: Indian Ocean Memories and African Migrants

Frankfurt, 13 June 2017 (12-2 pm; IG 1.414)

Film Screening & Lecture

This lecture by Shihan De Silva (University of London) concerns the easterly movement of Africans both voluntary and involuntary. The better known westwards migration tends to colour the perceptions of the easterly movement. Archival sources together with narratives of the diasporists can contribute to recovering the lost past. Memories of the diasporists will be illustrated through a film entitled Indian Ocean Memories and African Migrants, produced and directed by Dr Shihan de Silva in which she explores the cultural memories of the largest Afro-Sri Lankan community.

Click here for more information about the event.

Posted on 05/06/2017


“Memory Talks” in the Post/Doctoral Perspectives Lecture Series

Giessen, 08 & 22 June 2017

The Post/Doctoral Perspectives Lecture Series of the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Giessen University features two talks this summer term that will be interesting for memory studies scholars: On 08 June, GCSC/JLU doctoral researcher Angelika Laumer will present a paper titled “Das ländliche Gedächtnis als Forschungsparadigma: Überlegungen zu Mündlichkeit, Interaktionalität und Prozessualität”. She will be followed by JLU lecturer and postdoctoral researcher Nadia Butt on 22 June with her lecture “‘Travelling Cultures’: Reading Nineteenth-Century English Narratives about Mobility and Migration”.

Please click on the respective lecture title for an abstract and further information.

Posted on 24/05/2017


International Conference: The Subjective Museum – The Impact of Participative Strategies on the Museum

Historisches Museum Frankfurt, 26-28 June 2017

By adopting participative strategies, individual experiences and subjective perspectives gain more and more importance in the museum. The conference brings together international voices to discuss the consequences of this turn to subjectivity. It aims to reflect on participatory approaches in collecting, displaying and researching and to analyze the impact of people’s subjectivity in the museum, whether it is from the museum workers, the visitors or the participants involved in projects. The conference is a joint effort of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt and the Department of Museology of the Universidade Lusófona of Humanities and Technologies in Lisbon to bring together researchers from different parts of the world to fill gaps between diverse museological traditions. The target is to promote the dialog and identify how the museum itself is transformed, along with its practices and methods.

Click here for more information.

Posted on 23/05/2017


Call for Papers for Workshop: Memory Laws: Legal Regulation of Historical Interpretations

Ljubljana, 13 October 2017

Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2017

This one-day workshop at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Institute of Culture and Memory Studies) invites papers on topics related to legislation criminalizing genocide denial in local political contexts, the use and/or misuse of genocide-related legislation, the recognition of genocide in third countries, political uses of the post-communist memory laws, national appropriations of the European Parliament Resolution on European Conscience and Totalitarianism, historical revisionism through legislation, legal aspects of historical revisionism, laws on rehabilitation and restitution as memory laws, parliamentary declarations on remembrance from a transnational comparative perspective, as well as theoretical contributions discussing the relation between memory and law. Contributions that step outside the Eurocentric perspective and/or approach transnational dimension are especially welcome.

You will find the full CfP here.

Posted on 08/05/2017


Call for Papers: Second Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association

Copenhagen, 14-16 December 2017

Deadline for submissions: 01 July 2017

This conference wants to address “memory unbound” as well as specific personal, familial or national memories and their mutual interrelations. It seeks answers to questions such as: How can memory studies continue to conceptualize the deterritorialized, fluid and transnational aspects of collective memory without abolishing the validity of the founding ideas of memory studies? Acknowledging the fact that memories relate not only to the presence of the past but also to imaginations of the future, how can we define the productive power of memory? Should memory studies merely be perceived as descriptive or should it also have an impact on actual political debates?

Confirmed keynote speakers and participants of this conference include: Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University), filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (“The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence”), Jan Gross (Princeton University), as well as Ann Rigney (University of Utrecht), Fionnuala Dillane (University College of Dublin), Stef Craps (University of Ghent), Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University, New York), Siobhan Kattago (University of Tartu), Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt), Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia), Emilie Pine (University College of Dublin), Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (University of Lund), William Hirst (The New School, New York), Wulf Kansteiner (University of Aarhus), Silke Arnold-de Simine (Birkbeck, London).

For more information and to see the full CfP, click here.

Posted on 01/05/2017


Memory Studies Master Class with Dagmar Brunow (Linnaeus University): Film Heritage, Archives and Memory

16 May 2017, Goethe University Frankfurt

This Master Class is addressed to all advanced students, PhD candidates and PostDocs who have a keen interest in memory studies and film studies. You will have the opportunity to discuss the connection of film, archives, and memory with one of the internationally most renowned researchers in this field. Click here for more information.

To sign up for the Master Class please write an email to Prof. Astrid Erll.

There is a limited number of slots for project presentations (ca. 15 mins); please indicate in your email whether you wish to discuss your own research with Dr. Brunow.

Posted on 01/05/2017


New eJournal publication: Audiovisual Memory and the (Re)Making of Europe

The Belgian-based eJournal Image & Narrative has just published a new issue with the title Audiovisual Memory and the (Re)Making of Europe, co-edited by Astrid Erll and Ann Rigney and featuring contributions by Sébastien Fevry, Silke Arnold-de Simine, Tea Sindbæk Andersen, Dagmar Brunow, and others. Image & Narrative is part of Open Humanities Press, so the articles can be accessed freely. You’ll find the edited issue by clicking here.

Posted on 26/04/2017


Symposium: Colombia – Historical Memory, Post-Conflict and Transmigration

03-05 May 2017, Goethe University Frankfurt

The Department of Romance Literatures and Languages will be hosting an international and interdisciplinary symposium in Frankfurt, in collaboration with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The sections will focus on questions concerning the peace negotiations and the conflict within Colombia; genealogies of the conflict as well as its protagonists and victims; collective memories during the post-conflict time; transitional justice; poverty and social inequality as causes for the conflict; civil society initiatives during peace building; migration and memory – the role of literature & film within post-conflict society; as well as 50 years of violence – 50 years of solitude: paying homage to Gabriel García Márquez’ “Cien años de soledad”. Please note that the conference language will be Spanish.

Further information can be found on the symposium website.

Posted on 11/04/2017


Call for Papers: Mnemonics Summer School 2017

Deadline: 31 March 2017

Submissions for the sixth Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies summer school are now open. Titled “The Social Life of Memory”, this year’s summer school will take place from September 7-9, 2017 at Goethe University Frankfurt and is hosted by the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform. It welcomes paper proposals that display a keen interest in the dynamic interplay of medial and social aspects of memory culture and that suggest ways to explore ‘the social life of memory’ – from the perspectives of contemporary memory cultures across the globe as well as from historical viewpoints. Confirmed keynote speakers are Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz), Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University, New York) and Anna Reading (King’s College, London).

Call for Papers

Posted on 22/03/2017


Multimedia: New Videos

Videos from the 2016 inaugural conference of the Memory Studies Association are now available online and can be found in our multimedia section. The videos include roundtable discussions on “Moving Memory” with Astrid Erll, Daniel Levy, Ann Rigney, and Michael Rothberg; “Do Memory Scholars Matter in Memory Politics” with Jan Kubik, Erica Lehrer, Roma Sendyka, and Aline Sierp; and “Where is the Memory Field Going” with William Hirst, Wulf Kansteiner, Siobhan Kattago, and Jeffrey Olick.

Posted on 28/02/2017


Lecture: – multimodale Musikforschung

09 March 2017, 7 pm

On 9 March, Dr. Thomas Burkhalter will give a lecture at the Institute for Social Research (IfS), titled “ – Multimodale Musikforschung”. His lecture reflects contemporary global music, sounds and noises from the perspective of musicethnology and memory studies. The musical works presented by Burkhalter experiment with new possibilities in music production offered by the age of the internet and show new spaces beyond the confines of commercialism, propaganda, and bigotry. They foresee a changing geography of multi-layered modernities, far beyond old Eurocentric cultural concepts.

Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist, music journalist, and cultural producer from Switzerland. He works as a researcher at the University of Basel and the University of Arts Bern. As director of the Norient Musikfilm Festival, documentary filmmaker and audio-visual performer, he places emphasis on transdisciplinary approaches between theory and practice.

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Posted on 27/02/2017


Workshop mit Doris Bachmann-Medick (Giessen): Beschreiben oder Erzählen?

18 April 2017, 12-16 Uhr, IG 1.414

Die Frage “Beschreiben oder Erzählen?” ist eine Herausforderung. Sie regt an darüber nachzudenken, wie die (Kultur-)Wissenschaften, aber auch Literatur und Kunst, eine Repräsentationsautorität ausüben, wenn sie Kulturen, soziale Gruppen und Personen darstellen. Was bedeutet es, wenn durch Beschreibungen Fragmentierungen und Brüche in den Blick kommen, während durch Erzählungen eher Sinnzusammenhänge gestiftet werden?
Der Workshop mit begrenzter Teilnehmer*innen*zahl richtet sich an fortgeschrittene Studierende und Promovierende. Er besteht in seinem 1. Teil aus einer Einführungsvorlesung, im 2. Teil aus einer Lektürediskussion. Für den 3. Teil können Fragen vorher eingereicht werden, über die z.B. konkrete Anwendungsbezüge zu den eigenen Arbeiten hergestellt werden können.
Anmeldung erforderlich:

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Posted on 07/02/2017


Presentation: The State of Memory Studies in Japan

13 November 2016, Goethe University Frankfurt

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Prof. Jun Yamana (Kyoto University) visited the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP) and gave a talk titled “Gedächtnis-Forschung in Japan heute: Einige Bemerkungen [Memory Studies in Japan Today: Some Observations]”. In his talk, Prof. Jun Yamana focused on three subjects – the ‘memory boom’ in Japan, the keyword ‘catastrophe’ for memory studies in Japan and his specific contribution of memory pedagogy in relation to catastrophes. He gave an important and broad overview of the state of the field in Japan with in-depth knowledge of its relation to pedagogy.

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Posted on 20/12/2016


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 argued 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 employed 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.

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Posted on 03/11/2016


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.”

UCD Humanities Institute Podcast

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)

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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.

Watch the conversation on youtube

Posted on 27/10/2016


Workshop: 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)

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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.

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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 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?

Keynote speakers are Astrid Erll (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt), Michael Rothberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Francoise Vergès (Collège D’études Mondiales, Paris).

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.


Posted on 12/07/2016


Multimedia: New Videos

Videos of this semester’s New 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.

Video of William B. Buxton’s lecture

Video of Verena Boos’ and Natan Sznaider’s discussion

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.

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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.

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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.

Details on the Presentation

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.

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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.

Details on the Workshop

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.

NITBITS Overview

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.

Visit the Network’s Memory Cloud

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


Multimedia: The Politics of Migration Memory in Prime Time Crime

A video 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 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) 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 is also available online in our “Multimedia” section.

For more information on the conference, have a look at the abstracts and programme.

Posted on 22/12/2015


DFG Research Project: Migration and Transcultural Memory

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.

Participants are Prof. Dr. Astrid Erll, Erin Högerle and Jarula Wegner.

Project description

Posted on 03/12/2015


Lecture: Projecting Memories of Migration

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


Provincializing European Memory: Videos

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 is now online.

For more information on the conference, have a look at the abstracts and programme.

Posted on 22/10/2015


Memory and Materialism

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.


Indian Ocean Memories: Video

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).

A video (flash player required) of the workshop is now online.


Forms of Forgetting: Video

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.


Transnational Memories: Sites, Knots, Methods

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):

The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film (eds. Martin Löschnigg and Marzena Sokolowska-Paryz), with an article by Hanna Teichler on Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, and

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.