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New Frontiers in Memory Studies Lecture Series

 Ann Rigney (Utrecht): Memory activism, moving monuments

May 16, 2019, Frankfurt

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.




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.

New Frontiers in Memory Studies

Julia Creet (York University, Canada)

The Journey: H.G. Adler as Modernist Historiographer”

Frankfurt, 15 May 2018


Christina Morina (University of Amsterdam)

“Die Erfindung des Marxismus: Erfahrung, Idee und Engagement im Zeitalter der Ideologien”

Frankfurt, 09 May 2018


Emilie Pine (University College Dublin)

“The Witness and the Archive: Digitising Memories of Childhood Abuse in Ireland”

Frankfurt, 27 June 2017


William J. Buxton (Concordia University in Montreal))

“‘Too Much Space and Too Little Time’: Harold Innis, the Northern Frontier, and the Making of Cultural Memory in Canada, 1920-1945”

Frankfurt, 30 June 2016


Verena Boos (Autorin des Romans Blutorangen) und Natan Sznaider (Professor für Soziologie, Tel-Aviv-Yaffo)

“Geschichte und Geschichten des Schreckens – Wie denkt und dichtet man die transnationale Erinnerung an den spanischen Bürgerkrieg?”

22. Juni 2016


Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University)

“Fears, Lies, and Television: The Politics of Migration Memory in Prime Time Crime”

Frankfurt, 28 January 2016


Liedeke Plate (Radboud University)

“Transcultural Rewriting as Memory Practice”

Frankfurt, 12 January 2016


Daniela Berghahn (University of London)

“Projecting Memories of Migration”

Frankfurt, 24 November 2015

Video in three parts: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3

The Indian Ocean Memories Workshop

Gitanjali Pyndiah (Goldsmiths, University of London)

“Collective Amnesia, Denial or Disavowal of History? The Indian Ocean Islands of Mauritius and its Colonial Past”

A collaboration between FMSP and AFRASO; with comments by Astrid Erll, Sissy Helff and John Njenga Karugia

Frankfurt, 19 May 2015


Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz)

“Forms of Forgetting”

Frankfurt, 29 April 2015


Nadia Butt (Justus Liebig University Giessen)

“Metaphors of Memory and Modernity in South Asian Anglophone Novels and Films”

Frankfurt, 03 February 2015


Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow)

“Digital Memory Studies: The Right to be Forgotten in Post-Scarcity Culture”

Frankfurt, 04 November 2014


Stef Craps (University of Ghent)

“Trends in Trauma Theory”

Frankfurt, 10 June 2014


Sébastien Fevry (Louvain la Neuve)

“Sepia cinema under Nicolas Sarkozy’s France. Nostalgia and National Identity”

Frankfurt, 04 June 2014


Sébastien Fevry (Louvain la Neuve)

“Illegal Migrants and National Memory in Contemporary French Cinema”

Frankfurt, 22 April 2014



NITMES Conferences

International conference organized by NITMES: Network in Transnational Memory Studies, led by Utrecht University, and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP)

“Provincializing European Memory”

Frankfurt, 24-25 September 2015



COST Network ‘In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe’

Keynote from the ISTME kick-off conference in Copenhagen (Astrid Erll and Ann Rigney)

“Memory and mediation – Ideas and challenges”

University of Copenhagen, May 2013


“Mobilizing Memory for Change”

A film about the ISTME conference at the Central European University in Budapest

Budapest, September – October 2014



Other Events

Roundtable discussions from the conference “Thinking Through the Future of Memory”, inaugural conference of the Memory Studies Association (MSA)

“Thinking Through the Future of Memory: Inaugural Conference of the Memory Studies Association”

Amsterdam, December 2016

Video of the roundtable “Moving Memory” with Astrid Erll, Daniel Levy, Ann Rigney, Michael Rothberg; Chair: Aline Sierp

Video of the roundtable “Do Memory Scholars Matter in Memory Politics” with Jan Kubik, Erica Lehrer, Roma Sendyka, Aline Sierp; Chair: Christina Morina

Video of the roundtable “Where is the Memory Field Going” with William Hirst, Wulf Kansteiner, Siobhan Kattago, Jeffrey Olick; Chair: Jenny Wüstenberg

Keynote from the symposium “New Directions and Challenges in Memory Studies”, coorganised by the GCSC, Gießen and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform

(Astrid Erll)

“New Directions and Challenges in Cultural Memory Studies: Past, Present, Future”

Justus Liebig University, Gießen, June 2016


Panel discussion:

“National Celebrations and Cultural Memory in Multicultural Societies”

Participants: Rae Francis, Bruce Scates, Astrid Erll, and Frank Schulze-Engler

Frankfurt, 12 February 2014