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Visit From the Warwick Memory Group: Two talks on contemporary transcultural memory media

22 November 2016, Goethe University Frankfurt

Maria Roca Lizarazu is a final-year PhD candidate in German Studies at the University of Warwick. Her doctoral project focuses on representations of trauma in German- and Austrian-Jewish Holocaust literature by the so-called “generation after”.
In her talk “Thomas Mann in Furs: Remediations of Sado-Masochism in Maxim Biller’s Im Kopf von Bruno Schulz“, she will argue that Im Kopf von Bruno Schulz invokes the sadomasochistic constellation to reflect on and illustrate Biller’s negative take on the German-Jewish symbiosis.

Rebekah Vince‘s doctoral research, funded by the Wolfson Foundation, focuses on the historical narratives of the Holocaust and colonialism in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as portrayed in contemporary North African fiction written in French.
In “Unsettling Memories: the (European) Holocaust and the (Arab) Jew in Israel“, she employs Levy and Sznaider’s three historical stages in memory politics and A. Assmann’s models for dealing with a traumatic past in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as portrayed in texts by Valérie Zenatti, including her translation of Holocaust survivor Aharon Appelfeld’s autobiography.

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Posted on 03/11/2016

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Astrid Erll’s Keynote Lecture: “Odyssean Travels – Searching for Europe’s ‘First Memories”‘

September 2016, Dublin

Listen to the keynote lecture by Astrid Erll (Goethe-University Frankfurt) recorded at ‘In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe’ conference, UCD, September, 2016. On the website you will also find Michael Rothberg‘s keynote lecture “Inheritance Trouble – Transcultural Holocaust Memory in the Mirror of Migration” and Francoise Verges‘ keynote lecture “Decolonizing Europe – On the Boomerang-Effect of Colonialism, Memory and Dis-Location.”

UCD Humanities Institute Podcast

Posted on 27/10/2016

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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

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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

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Workshop: Heritage Studies and Socialism: Transnational Perspectives on Heritage in Eastern and Central Europe

23-25 November, Justus Liebig University, Gießen

The workshop is organised by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg, in cooperation with the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC), University of Giessen, and the Imre Kertész Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Leibniz Research Alliance “Historical Authenticity”. Keynote speakers: Dr. Astrid Swenson (Brunel University London), PD Dr.-Ing. Michael Falser (Heidelberg University)

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Posted on 27/10/2016

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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

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Website Launch: Critical Encyclopedia of Testimony and Memory

The journal Testimony between history and memory has set up an online dictionary with the objective of gathering words from the fields of testimony and memory, following a multilinguistic, multicultural approach in defining the terms. Additions to the encyclopedia are published in new journal issues as well as on the newly launched website http://memories-testimony.com. Now online are entries by Astrid Erll on “Transcultural Memory”, Jessica Rapson on “Tourism and Memory”, and Ann Rigney on “Transnational Memory”.

Posted on 04/10/2016

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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

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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

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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

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Video: New Directions and Challenges in Memory Studies

A video recording of Astrid Erll’s keynote lecture “New Directions and Challenges in Cultural Memory Studies: Past, Present, Future”, presented at the symposium “New Directions and Challenges in Memory Studies” at Justus Liebig University, Gießen, is now available online. The event was coorganised by the GCSC, Gießen and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform.

Video (scroll down to access video)

Posted on 12/07/2016

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Multimedia: New Videos

Videos of this semester’sNew Frontiers in Memory Studies events, including a lecture by William B. Buxton (Concordia University Montreal) and a discussion between Verena Boos (author of Blutorangen) and Natan Sznaider (Tel-Aviv-Yaffo), are now available online and can be found in our multimedia section.

Video of William B. Buxton’s lecture

Video of Verena Boos’ and Natan Sznaider’s discussion

Posted on 12/07/2016

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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

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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

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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.

Programme

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Posted on 11/05/2016

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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.

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Posted on 11/05/2016

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Posted on 14/04/2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Multimedia: The Politics of Migration Memory in Prime Time Crime

A video and picture gallery from the recent New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture “Fears, Lies, and Television: The Politics of Migration Memory in Prime Time Crime” by Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University) can now be found in our multimedia section.

Posted on 21/02/2016

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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

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Multimedia: Transcultural Rewriting as Memory Practice

You can now find a video recording and picture gallery of Liedeke Plate‘s (Radboud University) recent New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture in our multimedia section (please note: a flash player is required in order to watch the video).

Posted on 20/01/2016

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Multimedia: Projecting Memories of Migration

A video (in three parts: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3) and a picture gallery from the recent New Frontiers in Memory Studies lecture by Daniela Berghahn (University of London) can now be found in our multimedia section.

Posted on 14/01/2016

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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

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Conference Report: Provincializing European Memory

A report on the international conference “Provincializing European Memory”, organized by the Network in Transnational Memory Studies, led by Utrecht University, and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP), has been published on H-Soz-Kult. A selection of videos as well as a picture gallery are also available online in our “Multimedia” section.

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

Posted on 22/12/2015

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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

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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

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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 as well as a picture gallery are now online.

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

Posted on 22/10/2015

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Master Class: Transnational Memory

On September 23, Ann Rigney (Utrecht University) offered a master class on new approaches to transnational memory. A picture gallery is now online. For more information on the master class, click here.

Posted on 15/10/2015

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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.

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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 and a picture gallery with some impressions are now online.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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