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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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Photographic Impressions from Mnemonics 2017

The Mnemonics summer school which we hosted here in Frankfurt last week was an all-round great experience for us. Enthralling project presentations, vibrant discussions and an amiable atmosphere – a big thank you to everyone who attended for your contributions! Here’s a picture gallery that captures a little bit of the event’s excellent vibe.

Posted on 13/09/2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Lecture: norient.com – 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 “norient.com – 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.

More Information

norient.com

Posted on 27/02/2017

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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: jarula.wegner@web.de

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Posted on 07/02/2017

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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

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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 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

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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: 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.

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Posted on 12/07/2016

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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

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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.

More Information on the Lecture

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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.

Details on the Presentation

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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