Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies is a collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies between the Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies, the Flemish Memory Studies Network, the London Cultural Memory Consortium, the Swedish Memory Studies Network, and programmes at Goethe University Frankfurt, UCLA, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Utrecht University, and Columbia University (associate partner). The network was launched at a meeting at the Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts (VLAC) in Brussels on 14 October 2011.
Mnemonics organizes an annual summer school around specific themes in memory studies, hosted by each of the partners in turn and lasting three intensive days. Doctoral students affiliated with the partner institutions and a number of students external to the network are given the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their research projects. Faculty from all of the partner institutions participate in the discussions, and prominent invited speakers bring their perspectives to the debates.
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. It is intended to be an exciting and stimulating intellectual event that helps students refine their research questions, strengthen the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of their projects, gain further insight into current trends in memory scholarship, and network with their peers and other academics with similar research interests.
Here is a list of past and upcoming editions with locations and topics:
- 2012: Aarhus – Aesthetics and Ethics of Memory
- 2013: Ghent – Memory Unbound: Transcultural, Transgenerational, Transmedial, and Transdisciplinary Dynamics of Memory
- 2014: Stockholm – Media of Memory
- 2015: London – Memory and Materialism
- 2016: Urbana-Champaign – The Other Side of Memory: Forgetting, Denial, Repression
- 2017: Frankfurt – The Social Life of Memory
- 2018: Leuven – Ecologies of Memory
- 2019: Utrecht – Memory and Activism (tbc)
- 2020: Copenhagen
- 2021: Stockholm
- 2022: London
- 2023: Los Angeles
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