Programme Mnemonics 2021: Memory and Migration

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Sandbjerg Estate, Denmark/Zoom
August 18-21, 2021

Wednesday, August 18


Welcome: Hans Lauge Hansen, Jessica Ortner & Stef Craps

Barbara Törnquist-Plewa: Remembering Migration in Museums – Comparing Polish and Swedish Cases
Chair: Hanna Teichler


Panel 1. Public Space and Memory Practices
Chair: Jessica Ortner
Discussant: (r USA) Michael Rothberg

(r UK) Darya Tsymbaluyk, University of St Andrews, UK: Remembering through Gardening in Oral Histories of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine

Alexander Ulrich Thygesen, Aarhus University, Denmark: ”It’s Not 30 Pesos. It’s 500 Years” – Monuments, Memory and Activism in the Wallmapu during the Estallido in Chile

Thursday, August 19

Panel 2. Photos as Mnemonic Media: Private Archives of (Re)migration
Chair: Pieter Vermeulen
Discussant: Hanna Teichler

(r UK) Jin Dai, Loughborough University, UK: Between Official and Vernacular Memory – Mediated Representation and Remembrance of Han Migration to Xinjiang in Museum Photographs and Family-Owned Albums

(r Turkey) Irmak Evren, Middle East Technical University, Turkey: The Past
Living in the Present – A School Album of an Immigrant Woman

Panel 3. Time and Space of Movement and Confinement
Chair: Susanne Knittel
Discussant: (r Germany) Astrid Erll

Annemarie Majlund Jensen, Aarhus University, Denmark: A Messy Mnemonic Affair – Solidarities and Tensions in Soldiers´Memories of the Northen Ireland Troubles

(r UK) Beja Protner, University of Cambridge, UK: The Space-Times of Violence, Confinement, and Resistance among the Kurdish and Left-Wing Exiles from Turkey in Greece

12.00-13:00 Lunch

Panel 4. Memory Practices in Diaspora Societies
Chair: Stef Craps
Discussant: Silvana Mandolessi

Johanna Paul, Bielefeld University, Germany: Putujući spomenik ‘Prijedor 92’ – A Travelling Monument as Example of Transnational Mobilisation through Public Art Interventions

(r France) Tijana Miskovic, University of Copenhagen, Denmark: The Art of Diaspora – Artists from Former Yugoslavia in Denmark

Panel 5. Aesthetic Borders in Fiction
Chair: Hans Ruin
Discussant: Susanne Knittel

Mikkel N. Jørgensen, Aarhus University, Denmark: Utopian Remembering against Borders – Border Aesthetics in Wendy Trevino’s Cruel Fiction

(r Belgium) Rachelle Gloudemans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium: A Jewish Perspective on Italian Migration Literature – Some Considerations on Memories of Migration, ‘Home(s)’ and Identities

Panel 6. Language and Migratory Memory
Chair: Jessica Ortner
Discussant: Hans Ruin

Claire Baytas, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA: The Migrating Memories of Words in Sema Kilicakaya’s novel La langue de personne (2018)

(r USA) Dilara Caliskan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA: Lubunka – Stories of Linguistic Reunions as a Mnemonic Intervention

Partners’ Meeting

18:00-19:00 Dinner

Keynote (r USA) Michael Rothberg: Memory Citizenship 2021
Chair: Hans Lauge Hansen

Friday, August 20

Keynote (r Germany) Tanja Thomas: Doing Memory on Right-Wing Violence in Mediated Public Spheres – Challenges and Controversies
Chair: Hans Lauge Hansen

Panel 7. Memory and Sound
Chair: Hanna Teichler
Discussant: Stef Craps

Ai Chung, Aarhus University, Denmark: Memory of Migration – Two Approaches towards Memories of Mainland China in Postwar Taiwan

Mikkel Krammer-Hassler, Aarhus University, Denmark: Countering Displacement – The Sound of the Vernacular in East German Radio, 1945-1960

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Walk in the Woods, Swimming, Leisure

Panel 8. New Approaches to Holocaust Literature
Chair: Pieter Vermeulen
Discussant: (r USA) Brett Ashley Kaplan

Greta Stikelyté, University of Vilnius, Lithuania: Memory Reconciliation – Third Generation Holocaust Narratives of Lithuanian Diaspora Writers

Stefanie Köhler, University of Hamburg, Germany: Memory Constellation as Poetological Program in Nino Haratischwili’s “Das achte Leben (für Bilka)“

Panel 9. Performing the Homeland
Chair: Hans Ruin
Discussant: (r UK) Rick Crownshaw

Yair Agmon, University of California, Los Angeles, USA: ‘This is Where it All Began’ – Settler Memory and the Elimination of the Native at the City of David

(r India) Aiswarya Sanath, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India: Memory in Motion – Mnemonic Practices of the Sindhi Diaspora in Bangalore

Panel 10. Social and Artistic Expressions of Postmemory
Chair: Silvana Mandolessi
Discussant: Pieter Vermeulen

(r India) Amrutha Mohan, University of Kerala, India: Migration and/of Memories in Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do and Riad Sattouf’s The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East

Sharon Zelnick, University of California, Los Angeles, USA: Migratory Reimaginations in Germany – Benyamin Reich´s Postmemorial Holocaust Photographs

18:00 Dinner & Party

Saturday, August 21

Panel 11. Remembering Migration and Diaspora in Private and Official Museums
Chair: Susanne Knittel
Discussant: Jessica Ortner

(r Slovenia) Maria Sokolova, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Portable Home Museums – Not Everything Will Be Taken into the Future

Julia Golachowska, Jagiellonian University, Poland: The Memory of the Jewish Diaspora in Bialystok

Panel 12. Staying in Between – Literature and the Difficulty of Arrival
Chair: Silvana Mandolessi
Discussant: (r Ireland) Ann Rigney

Simona Adinolfi, Ghent University, Belgium: Migrating as an Act of Forgetting – The Role of Memory in Teju Cole’s Open City

(r Romania) Delia Grosu, University of Bucharest, Romania: To Kill Thy Neighbour – Trauma and Violence in Alfred Birney’s The Interpreter from Java

12:00-13:00 Lunch