Programme for Graduate Seminar “Aesthetics and Ethics of Memory” (Aarhus, 20-22/09/2012)

September 20 (room 212)

14:00  Registration and welcome (NB! in building 1585, the foyer)

14:30  Keynote, Andrea Pinotti: ‘Monument Nonument: The Paradoxes of Monumental Memory (chair: Mads Rosendahl Thomsen)

15:45  Coffee

16:15  Panel 1: Forms of historical representation (chair: Stijn Vervaet)

  • Agata Pietrasik (Warsaw / Berlin): The Ethics of Form: The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial
  • Maud Guichard-Marneur (Copenhagen): The form of historical representation within the museum setting of the Schindler Factory Museum, Krakow, Poland

17:30  Panel 2: Memory and the archive (chair: Kristina Fjelkestam)

  • Ole V.G. Olesen-Bagneux (Copenhagen): Is the library memory?
  • Marcos Beck Bohn (Sao Paolo): The Time of Recollection

19:00  Dinner (tapas buffet at the university)

September 21 (different rooms; see below)

9:15   Keynote: Sharon Macdonald: ‘Cosmopolitanism and transnational heritage’ (in Store sal, chair: Mads Rosendahl Thomsen)

10:30  Coffee

11:00  Panel 3: Performances of memory (in room 120, chair: Stijn Vervaet)

  • Jenelle Davis (Illinois): Counter-Memorials and Commemorative Actions: Contemporary Memorial Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans
  • Nadiya Chushak (Melbourne): Mesmerized by the Nostalgic Representations of the Yugoslav Past? Aesthetics and Ethics of Yugonostalgia
  • Sara Tanderup (Aarhus): At the Limits of Literary Representation

12:30  Lunch

13:45  Panel 4: Negotiations of national heritage (in room 112, chair: Frederik Tygstrup)

  • Karen Lindo and Giullia Nazarro: Australian National Heritage: Civilizing the Natives for Cultural Consumption?
  • Hanna Teichler (Frankfurt): Fiction, facts and forcible removal: Narrative depictions of Australia’s (post)colonial history
  • Alice Heeren (Illinois): On Mourning and Historical Amnesia: The Perennial Modernity of Brazilian Architecture

Panel 5 is cancelled due to cancellation from Olga Rodriguez. Alice Heeren is moved to panel 4

15:15  Coffee

15:45  Panel 6: Transnational memories of the Holocaust (in room 112, chair: Stijn Vervaet)

  • Zhuang Wei (Frankfurt): The medial representation of the „Shanghai Ghetto“ (1943-1945)
  • Anna Szász (Budapest): “I am not concerned with copying anymore. I paint all my thoughts.” Politics and ethics in Omara’s work
  • Kirril Shields (Queensland): Selective Memory: Australian Culture, Australian Literature, and a Nation’s Representation of the Third Reich Perpetrator

19:00  Dinner at ‘Godsbanen’

September 22 (room 212)

9:30   Keynote, Ann Rigney: ‘Memory by Numbers: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Counting’ (chair: Mads Rosendahl Thomsen)

10:45  Coffee

11:00  Panel 7: Literature as a medium of memory (chair: Frederik Tygstrup)

  • Chris Lloyd (London): Remembering Slavery: Museums, Monuments, Novels
  • Maria Elisabeth Hüren (Frankfurt): (Re-)Attaching Detached Readers: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sunas a Postcolonial Civil War Narrative
  • Palle Nørgaard (Aarhus): Self-representation and the other: Ethical Dimensions of New Spanish Life Writing in Esther Tusquets and Kirmen Uribe

12:30  Lunch (sandwiches)

13:30  Panel 8: The aesthetics of complicity (chair: Pieter Vermeulen)

  • Veronique Bragard (Louvain) and Karen Lindo: The sensorial redemption of the perpetrator’s tale: Style and confession in Wilfried N’Sondé’s Le Silence des esprits
  • Toby Smethurst (Ghent): Perpetration and Victimhood in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz and On The Natural History of Destruction
  • Maria Zirra (Utrecht): Complicitous Poetics: The Aesthetics of Confession in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott

15:00  Coffee

15:30  Panel 9: After witnessing (chair: Pieter Vermeulen)

  • Daniel Pedersen (Stockholm): Memory and Holocaust after the Last Witness
  • Joana Craveiro (London): Foreign Looks on the Portuguese Revolution: Displaced and post-memory approaches to a dictatorship, revolution and post-dictatorship
  • Johanne Bøndergaard (Aarhus): Authentically sick: On the case of Casper Schjødt Nielsen: Samlede Journaler 1996-2009

17:00  Roundtable talk / closing remarks

18:30  Dinner (tapas buffet at the university)

Venue: ‘Kasernen’ at Aarhus University, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Langelandsgade 139, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Building 1585 and 1584.


Please note that paper presentations are scheduled to 20 min plus 10 min for discussion.