This article addresses the complex temporal and global dynamics of the coronavirus pandemic. After considering some of the new social rhythms that have emerged in the wake of Covid-19 around the world, it turns to the role of collective memory before, during and after corona. The aim is to provide a basic grid for how the Covid-19 pandemic could be addressed using memory studies expertise and concepts such as premediation, memorability, memory (ab)use, national memory, colonial memory, racial stereotypes, the digital archive, generational memory, or Anthropocene time.
Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe (ReAct)
Our aim is to provide the first in-depth account of the remembering and forgetting of civil resistance in Europe which also has relevance for our understanding of movements elsewhere. We will be examining continuities and changes in how protest has been depicted in different media regimes; looking critically at the role of texts, images, and commemorative practices in conveying the memory of protest to later generations; and reflecting on the ways this memory feeds back into later movements at home and abroad. Visit the website here.
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 (2017). 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.
An open-access digital version of the volume can be found here.
Roundtable on Moving Memory in Irish University Review
The May 2017 issue (47.1) of the Irish University Review with the title Moving Memory: The Dynamics of the Past in Irish Culture features a roundtable with Stef Craps, Astrid Erll, Paula McFetridge, Ann Rigney and Dominic Thorpe (convened by Charlotte McIvor and Emilie Pine) that can be downloaded for free here.
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.
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 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.”
September 2016, 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.
A short article by Astrid Erll that answers the question “What is collective memory?” for the general reading public was published at spektrum.de in September 2016, and can be downloaded for free here. This text is available in German only.
Online Dictionary: Critical Encyclopedia of Testimony and Memory
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.