Master Class: Transnational Memory

Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)

Wed, Sept 23, 14-16:00 in IG 1.414 (Campus Westend)

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This Master Class is addressed to all advanced students, PhD candidates and PostDocs who have a keen interest in recent developments in the field of memory studies. It will offer you the opportunity to discuss new approaches to “transnational memory” with one of the internationally leading experts in this field.

Ann Rigney holds the chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht. She has played a key role in the development of the concept of “transnational memory”. She is convenor of the international “Network in Transnational Memory Studies” (NITMES) and co-editor of the collection Transnational Memory (ed. de Cesari/Rigney, 2014).

Ever since her PhD thesis, published as The Rhetoric of Historical Representation: Three Narrative Histories of the French Revolution (1990), Ann Rigney has been fascinated by the intersections between historical narrative, fiction, collective identity, and contestations of the past. She has published widely in the field of modern memory cultures, with projects focussed both on the nineteenth century and on contemporary developments. She has played an active role in cultural memory studies with a particular focus on issues relating to mediation and transnationalism.

Recent publications in the field of transnational memory studies include Transnational Memory: Circulation, Articulation, Scales (edited with Chiara de Cesari, de Gruyter, 2014); Commemorating Writers in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Nation-Building and Centenary Fever (edited with Joep Leerssen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); a Special Issue of Memory Studies on Reconciliation and Memory: Critical Perspectives (edited with Nicole Immler and Damien Short, July 2012); and her seminal monograph The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move (Oxford UP, 2012).

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 present your research project to Prof. Rigney.