Programme for Mnemonics 2015 (London, 8-10 September)

8th September University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall

 9.30-10.00: Registration and breakfast

 10.00-10.15: Welcome: Professor Anna Reading

10.15-11.30: Keynote 1: Professor Ursula Heise (UCLA):

‘The Silent Mechanics of Extinction’

11.30-11.45: Break

11.45 – 1.00: Panel 1: Material Hierarchies (Chair and respondent: Brett Ashley Kaplan)

  • Luis Berríos-Negrón (Konstfack/KTH): ‘Site-Specific Greenhouse Superstructures and Social (Hyperobjective) Pedestals’
  • Gitanjali Pyndiah (Goldsmiths): ‘The thing in things’
  • Igor Vynokurov (European University Institute): ‘Fighting against the Fallen or Reconciling Oneself with Them? The ‘Alien’ War Dead in the Polish and Soviet Memorial Cultures (1920–39)’

1.00 – 2.00: Lunch

2.00 – 3.15:

Panel 2: Material Conflicts (Chair: Rick Crownshaw)

  • Maria Zirra (Stockholm University / Ghent University) ‘Glassing in Disobedient Objects: Transcultural Activist Memory at the V&A’
  • Holly Brown (Gent University, Belgium): ‘Re-burying the socially dead; an exploration of the American state’s withdrawal from public display of the artifacts from the 1971 Attica prison uprising’
  • Sarah Feinstein (University of Manchester): ‘The Material Culture of Political Violence: Her Majesty’s Prison Maze/Long Kesh’


3.20 – 4.35: Panel 3: Telling Objects (Chair and respondent: Astrid Erll)

  • Sera Waters (University of South Australia): ‘Memory and Materialism’
  • Kelsey Madsen (University of Oklahoma): ‘Curated Clutter in Lydie Salvayre’s La Compagnie des spectres (1997)’
  • Catherine Charlwood (University of Warwick): ‘Hands behind hands’: Material memories in the poetry of Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost’

4.35 – 4.45: Coffee

4.45 – 6.00: Keynote 2: Professor Alex Warwick (Westminster): ‘That Speechless Past’

6.00 – 8.00: Drinks reception and Early Career Researcher book launch:

  • Lucy Bond, Frames of Memory after 9/11: Culture, Criticism, Politics, and Law (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)
  • Christopher Lloyd, Rooting Memory, Rooting Place: Regionalism in the Twenty-First-Century American South (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
  • Jessica Rapson, Topographies of Suffering: Buchenwald, Babi Yar, Lidice (Berghahn, 2015)

9th September King’s College London, Room K2.40

9.00-10.00: Breakfast and meeting for panels 1, 2, and 3 and their chairs over coffee

10.00 – 11.15: Panel 4: Bodies (Chair and respondent: Amanda Lagerkvist)

  • Alyssa Anderson (Brown University): ‘Body as Object: “Proof,” Testimony, and Speaking the Unspeakable’
  • Sophia Levine (Urbana-Champaign): ‘D(a/e)bk(e/a)h: Dance as Monument’
  • Jennifer L. Baldwin (Urbana-Champaign): ‘The Traces of Trauma: Neuroscience and the New Materiality of Traumatic Memory in US Combat Veterans’

11.15 – 11.25: Coffee Break

11.25 – 12.40: Keynote 3: Professor Joanne Garde-Hansen (Warwick):

‘Energy for Memory: Mining Business Archives, Corporate Memory and Workers’ Stories in the UK and Brazil’

12.40 – 1.40: Lunch on site and Edited Collection book launch:

Anna Reading, Tamar Katriel, eds. Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggles: Powerful Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

1.40 – 2.55: Panel 5: Urban Materialities (Chair and respondent: Anna Reading)

  • Adam Gajdos (Masaryk University in Brno): ‘Of Bones, Bulldozers and Building Sites: Reclaiming Memory in a (Nearly) Vacant Space’
  • Vera Knútsdóttir (University of Iceland): ‘Spectralites, Cultural Memory, and the Urban Space’
  • Ifor Duncan (Goldsmiths, University of London): ‘Flood Imaginaries: Watermarks, Memory and Submerged Futures’

3.00 – 4.15: Panel 6: Materiality in the Visual Arts (Chair and respondent: Jessica Rapson)

  • Steve Smith (University of Westminster): ‘The Palimpsestuous Artwork – Re-inscribing occluded time on a site’
  • Sara Callahan (Stockholm University): ‘The Materiality of the Photographic Object in Artworks by Akram Zaatari and Joachim Koester’
  • John Hillman (Plymouth College of Art / Falmouth University): ‘Situational assemblages’

4.15-4.30: Coffee

4.30 – 5.45: Panel 7: Marginalized Materialities (Chair and respondent: Stef Craps)

  • David Torell (King’s College London): ‘A More Profound Condemnation that you May be Able to Understand: Excavating the 1967 Russell Tribunal and Contemplating Cultural Amnesia’
  • Jarula M. I. Wegner (Goethe University): ‘Material Marginality: The Sonic Texture of Reality Rap’
  • Gruia Bădescu (University of Cambridge): ‘Making Sense of Ruins: Collective Memory and Urban Reconstruction in Belgrade and Sarajevo’

5.45 – 7.00: ‘How to get published’ – discussion with journal and book series editors

7.30 – 9.30: Summer School dinner, Bill’s Restaurant, Covent Garden (participants and partners only)

10th September King’s College London, Room K2.40

9.00-9.30: Breakfast and coffee

9.30 – 10.45: Panel 8: Narratives of Materiality (Chair and respondent: Lucy Bond)

  • Jessica Young (Urbana-Champaign): ‘The Material and Human Dimensions of Memory in Hari Kunzru’s Memory Palace
  • Lukas Brasiskis (New York University): ‘Reconsideration of Materiality of Monumental Memory in Films by Contemporary Artists from Baltic Countries’
  • Erin Högerle (Goethe University): ‘Object Communication and Memory Construction in the Migration Film’

10.45 – 12.30: Keynote 4: Professor Stef Craps (Ghent):

‘Climate Change and the Art of Anticipatory Memory’

Followed by questions and closing comments

12.30 – 1.30: Meetings for panels 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and their chairs

1.30 – 2.30: Partners’ lunch and business discussion