Programme for Mnemonics 2013 (Ghent, 9-11 September 2013)

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 mnemonics [at] ugent [dot] be 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.