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.