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Monday 9 September 2013
09.00 – 09.30: Registration and welcome
09.30 – 11.00: Keynote lecture by Anna Reading, “Assemblage Memory: Gender, Generation and the Roma” (chair: Stef Craps)
11.00 – 11.30: Coffee/tea
11.30 – 13.00: Panel 1: (Dis)Identification and Media (chair and respondent: Mads Rosendahl Thomsen)
- Annamária Csőke, “The Long Voyage: A Transition of Holocaust Memories from Traditional towards Virtual Media”
- Toby Smethurst, “‘We Put Our Hands on the Trigger with Him’: Victimhood and Perpetration in Spec Ops: The Line“
- Brian C. Johnsrud, “Trans-Mediated Memory and Genetic Ancestry Research in Lebanon and Israel”
13.00 – 14.15: Lunch
14.15 – 15.45: Panel 2: Memory and New Technologies (chair and respondent: Anna Reading)
- Joyce van de Bildt, “Using Facebook as a Tool for Examining Counter-Memories: The Emergence of ‘Nasser’ Facebook Pages in Egypt”
- Jessica Young, “‘Filled with Words’: Modeling the September 11 Digital Archive and the Utility of Digital Tools in the Study of Memory”
- Antje Postema, “FAMA 2.0: Reflexive Mnemonics, Alternative Culture of Memory”
15.45 – 16.15: Coffee/tea
16.15 – 17.45: Panel 3: Memory and Intermediality (chair and respondent: Astrid Erll)
- Kelly Hübben, “Ot en Sien in the Dutch East Indies: The Construction of Dutch (Post)Colonial Identities in Two Children’s Books”
- Maria Zirra, “Weaving Intermedial Tapestries: Ekphrasis as Cultural Memory Process in Derek Walcott’s and Seamus Heaney’s Poetry”
- Holly Gilbert, “Mapping Berlin: Memories in the Present Moment”
Tuesday 10 September
09.00 – 10.30: Keynote lecture by Michael Rothberg, ”Memory Bound: The Implicated Subject and the Legacies of Slavery” (chair: Stijn Vervaet)
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee/tea
11.00 – 12.30: Panel 4: Memory and Materiality (chair and respondent: Berber Bevernage)
- Tina van der Vlies, “History Textbooks as Palimpsests of Memory”
- Roxana Bedrule, “Looking Ahead into the ‘Former East’: The Productive Archive and the Language of Things”
- Johanne Helbo Bøndergaard, “Forensic Memory Culture and a Literary Mode”
12.30 – 13.45: Lunch
13.45 – 15.15: Panel 5: Space and/of Remembrance (chair and respondent: Kristina Fjelkestam)
- Stefanie van Stee, “’Stolpersteine’: A Decentralized Memorial for Europe”
- Frauke Wiegand, “Rhythmanalizing Memoryscapes in Tourist Encounters”
- Marianne Windsperger, “Tracing the Shtetl: Transgenerational and Transmedial Dynamics of Cultural Memory”
15.15 – 16.45: Panel 6: Negotiating History (chair and respondent: Michael Rothberg)
- Zhuang Wei, “The Transmedial and Transcultural Memories of the Japanese Policy towards the Jews in World War II”
- Sachiyo Tsukamoto, “From the Shadows of Silence and Shame to the Light and Voice and Dignity: Transnational Activism and the Contested Nature of the Historical Memory of the ‘Comfort Women’ in Japan”
- Kenan Van De Mieroop, “Past Present: Reparations for Slavery and Régimes d’historicité”
16.45 – 17.15: Coffee/tea
17.15 – 18.45: Panel 7: Trauma, Disruption, Affiliation (chair and respondent: Pieter Vermeulen)
- Lauren M. Hansen, “(Mis)Recognition in Eugen Ruge’s In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts (In Times of Fading Light)”
- Sean Bex, “Human Rights and Trauma Narratives: Reading Dave Eggers from a Transnational Perspective”
- Hanna Teichler, “‘Kill the Indian, Save the Man!’: Canada’s Reworking of the Residential School Legacy”
19.30 – 21.30: Summer school dinner (Fabula Rasa)
Wednesday 11 September
09.00 – 10.30: Keynote lecture by Astrid Erll, “A Century of ‘Generation’: Three Constellations of Generationality, Genealogy, and Memory” (chair: Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand)
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee/tea
11.00 – 12.30: Panel 8: Literature, Witnessing, Transmission (chair and respondent: Philippe Codde)
- Katie Tidmarsh, “Tu le leur diras: Opening Up Memory in the Democratic Republic of Congo”
- Marc Di Sotto, “Remember History? The Problem of Witnessing in Rachel Seiffert’s The Dark Room (2001) and Laurent Binet’s HHhH (2012)”
- Fariba Jafarbeglou, “The Many Lives of the Great Irish Famine”
12.30 – 13.15: Lunch
13.15 – 22.00: Visit to Ieper/Ypres (In Flanders Fields, the Menin Gate, the Last Post)
Venue: Het Pand, Zaal Rector Vermeylen (Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent)
A PDF version of the programme is available for download here.
Please remember to send your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 August, so that it can be pre-circulated in good time.
If you would like to use PowerPoint during your presentation, please email us (a Dropbox link to) your file (“[first name] [last name].ppt(x)”) by 6 September. There is no need to bring your own computer or a memory stick.
Note that the 15-minute time limit for presentations will be strictly enforced by session chairs. You are encouraged to practise your paper out loud, using a stopwatch to time the delivery.
Much to her and our regret, Susannah Radstone will not be able to attend the upcoming Mnemonics summer school after all, as she will be moving to Australia in early September to take up a new post there. The good news, though, is that Anna Reading has agreed to replace her as a keynote speaker. Anna’s bio follows:
Professor Anna Reading is Head of the Department of Culture, Media, and Creative Industries at King’s College, University of London. Anna’s current research seeks to develop a new epistemology for cultural memory studies (“the globital memory field”) using dynamic methods of digital analysis to understand the immersive and connective ecologies of media memory. She is the author of numerous articles on cultural memory as well as several books, including The Social Inheritance of the Holocaust: Gender, Culture and Memory (2002), and co-editor of Save As… Digital Memory (2009). Her other books include Polish Women, Solidarity and Feminism (1992), The Media in Britain (1999), and Communism, Capitalism and the Mass Media (1998, with Colin Sparks). She is Chair of the Board and a joint Editor of the journal Media, Culture and Society. She is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney. She is currently writing Gender, Culture and Digital Memory: Globital Memory Wars (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editing a new collection, Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggles: Powerful Times (Palgrave Macmillan). Anna also writes for the theatre, with her latest short play Cacti Hearts on (pre)occupations and memory in the Middle East.
CFP for Graduate Summer School “Memory Unbound: Transcultural, Transgenerational, Transmedial, and Transdisciplinary Dynamics of Memory” (Ghent, 9-11/09/2013)
For the second edition of the annual summer school organized by the Mnemonics network, an international collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies, we invite paper proposals from graduate students that address the transcultural, transgenerational, transmedial, and/or transdisciplinary dynamics of memory.
What unites much of the most exciting research going on in the field of memory studies today is a tendency to regard memory not as fixed but as fluid, not as static but as dynamic, not as bound but as unbound. Memory is increasingly being seen as something that does not stay put but circulates, migrates, travels. The 2013 Mnemonics summer school will explore this trend as it manifests itself on various levels. It will examine how memory crosses cultural, generational, medial, and disciplinary boundaries, and how memory studies has responded, or can respond, to these mnemonic dynamics.
Whereas early work in memory studies focused on the ways in which memories are shared within particular communities and constitute or reinforce group identity, in recent years the transcultural, transnational, and even global circulation of memories has moved to the centre of attention. At the same time, there has been a marked increase of interest in how memory travels between different media, and specifically in the role of digital media in the production, preservation, and dissemination of memories. As the Holocaust begins to pass out of living memory, the question of how memories of survivors of historical traumas are transmitted to, and inherited by, members of later generations has become another area of intense inquiry. Furthermore, memory studies appears to be moving towards greater interdisciplinarity, or, at least, enhanced awareness of the necessity or desirability of cross-fertilization between memory research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
We welcome proposals for papers that put the “trans” into memory studies, in the sense of exploring the manifold ways in which memory, and the study of memory, is on the move.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Astrid Erll is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. She has worked on memories of the First World War, the Spanish Civil War, British colonialism in India, and the Vietnam war. She is general editor of the book series Media and Cultural Memory (de Gruyter, since 2004), co-editor of A Companion to Cultural Memory Studies (with Ansgar Nünning, 2010), Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory (with Ann Rigney, 2009), and author of Memory in Culture (2011) / Kollektives Gedächtnis und Erinnerungskulturen (2005, 2nd ed. 2011), an introduction to memory studies. She is part of the editorial board of the journal Memory Studies (SAGE) and the book series Memory Studies (Palgrave).
Susannah Radstone is Professor of Cultural Theory in the School of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London. She is the author of The Sexual Politics of Time: Confession, Nostalgia, Memory (Routledge, 2007) and has edited numerous books, including Memory and Methodology (Berg, 2000); Memory, History, Nation: The Politics of Memory (with Katharine Hodgkin; Transaction, 2005); Memory Cultures: Memory, Subjectivity, and Recognition (with Katharine Hodgkin; Transaction, 2005); and Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates (with Bill Schwarz; Fordham UP, 2010). She is currently working on a monograph to be titled Getting Over Trauma and developing a research project on the locatedness and mobility of remembering and theorizing memory.
Michael Rothberg is Professor of English and Conrad Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is also Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies Initiative. Affiliated with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Programs in Comparative Literature and Jewish Culture and Society, Rothberg works in the fields of critical theory and cultural studies, Holocaust studies, postcolonial studies, and contemporary literatures. His latest book is Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (2009), published by Stanford University Press in its “Cultural Memory in the Present” series. He is also the author of Traumatic Realism: The Demands of Holocaust Representation (2000) and co-editor with Neil Levi of The Holocaust: Theoretical Readings (2003).
The Mnemonics summer school serves as an interactive forum in which junior and senior memory scholars meet in an informal and convivial setting to discuss each other’s work and to reflect on new developments in the field of memory studies. The objective is to help graduate students refine their research questions, strengthen the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of their projects, and gain further insight into current trends in memory scholarship.
Each of the three days of the summer school will start with a scene-setting keynote lecture, followed by sessions consisting of three graduate student papers, responses, and Q&A.
In order to foster incisive and targeted feedback, all accepted papers will be precirculated among the participants and each presentation session will be chaired by a senior scholar (one of the keynote speakers or a faculty member from one of the partner institutions) who will also act as respondent.
Additionally, a short reader will be compiled in consultation with the keynote speakers and made available in advance, so as to provide participants with a shared background for the research and discussions before and during the summer school.
Ghent University, Belgium. Listed among Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities for 2011, Ghent is an enchanting and vibrant city in the heart of Flanders, easily accessible by train from Brussels Airport (BRU) and by shuttle coach and train from Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL). The summer school will be held at Het Pand, Ghent University’s conference facility, which is housed in a beautifully preserved medieval monastery located in the historical centre of the city.
9-11 September 2013 (arrival on the 8th; departure on the 12th)
250 euros, payable upon acceptance of paper proposal
What is included:
Attendance; good-quality student accommodation in the city centre (4 nights); all breakfasts, lunches, refreshments, and one dinner
What is not included:
Travel; optional museum visit on final day
A 300-word abstract for a 15-minute paper (including title, presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and any technology requests), a description of your graduate research project (one paragraph), and a short CV (max. one page) as a single Word document to email@example.com
Deadline for submission of abstracts:
1 April 2013
Notification of acceptance:
1 May 2013
Deadline for submission of paper drafts:
15 August 2013
Number of places:
24, of which 18 are reserved for the partner institutions
Learn more about Ghent University and its Centre for Literature and Trauma, the institutional home of the organizing committee members (prof. dr. Stef Craps, prof. dr. Philippe Codde, dr. Stijn Vervaet, dr. Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand, Toby Smethurst, and Sean Bex), at http://www.ugent.be/en and http://www.litra.ugent.be/.