Programme Mnemonics 2022 – Mnemopolitics: Contested Memories and (Ab)uses of the Past

Sigtunastiftelsen, Stockholm, Sweden/Zoom

16-19 August 2022



Tuesday, August 16

15:00-16:00 Registration

16:15-16:30 Welcome: Hans Ruin

16:30-17:30 Keynote:

Siobhan Kattago: How ‘Never Again’ crumbled when Russia invaded Ukraine

Chair: Hans Ruin

18:00-19:00 Dinner

20:00-21:00 Panel 1.  Narratives of Agonistic Memories

Chair: Tora Lane

Discussant: Michael Rothberg (zoom)

Iryna Tarku: Remembering Resistance, Remediating the Past: Ukrainian Donbas War Prose as a Medium of Counter-Memory

Asmaa Hassaneen:  In A Memory Market: The Agonistic Memory of 1948 and Subverting the Holocaust Industry in Two Palestinian Family Sagas (zoom)

Wednesday, August 17

 9:30-10:30 Panel 2. Remembering Through Visual Culture

Chair: Rebecka Katz Thor

Discussant: Ann Rigney (zoom)

Ragini Chakraborty: Politics of Memory Preservation: A Perspective on the 1947 Partition Archive

Alexander Ulrich Thygesen: Taking the Streets to the Museum: The Entanglement of the Museo del Estallido Social in the Memory-activism Nexus

10:45-11:30 Panel 3. Memory and Body Politics

Chair: Hans Lauge Hansen

Discussant: Astrid Erll

Lauren Cantillon: Contested memories: recognising ‘body searches’ / ‘strip searches’ / ‘genital examinations’ / ‘virginity testing’ as state sexual violence

12.00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Panel 4. Reviving Counter- Memories

Chair: Hanna Teichler

Discussant: Stef Craps

Clara Vlessing: Mobilising Memory for Women’s Liberation: Reparative Remembrance in the Afterlives Emma Goldman

Andrey Gavrilin: White-Blue-White: revival of deep collective memories in Russian Anti-War Movement

14.15-15:15 Panel 5. Contested and Competitive Memories

Chair: Astrid Erll

Discussant: Silvana Mandolesi (zoom)

Hannah Katalin Grimmer:  Nos quitaron todo hasta el miedo. [They took away everything, even our fear.] Artistic practices on the walls of Santiago de Chile

Siarhei Salei: “Opposition Version” of Historical Memory in Belarusian Political Discourse in 2014-2020

15:45-16:45 Panel 6. Reinventing the Past through Memories from Below

Chair: Brett Kaplan

Discussant: Wulf Kansteiner (zoom)

Brigitte Herremans: Moving Beyond Formal Truth Practices and Forensic Truth in the Syrian Conflict. How Informal Truth Practices Contribute to Thicker Understandings of Truth (zoom)

Eline Mestdagh: Les Assises Décoloniales. ‘Counter-truth telling’ from below in the face of Belgium’s Congo Commission.

17:00-18.00 Partners’ Meeting

18:00-19:00 Dinner

20:00-21:00 Keynote:

Alexander Etkind: Russia against modernity: How a cold memory war turned into a hot shooting war

Chair: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

Thursday, August 18

9:30-10:30 Panel 7. Social Memory and National Memory Politics

Chair: Jessica Rapson

Discussant: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

Valentina Tanailova: The Actualisation of the Memory of the Caucasian War among the Circassians of Kabardino-Balkaria (zoom)

Dariusz Nikiel: Politics of Memory in Action. Historical Narratives of the Polish Government (2015–2022) and Their Consequences for Local Conflicts of Memory

10:45-11:45 Panel 8. State Abuse of Memory

Chair: Lucy Bond

Discussant: Rick Crownshaw

Rita Hornok: Memory Politics Meets Foreign Policy? (Neo)Turanism in Hungary as a Multifaceted Political Myth

Beatriz Besen de Oliveira: Brazilian Counter-Revolution or Dictatorship? The Political Uses of Memory in Contemporary Brazil

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13.00-14.30 Leisure activity/Guided tour in Sigtuna

14:30-15:30 Panel 9. Cinematic Representations of Perpetrators

Chair: Jessica Ortner

Discussant: Hanna Teichler

Ana Kršinić Lozica: Screening mnemonic battles: The spectre of Jasenovac haunts again

Meng-Hao Li: ‘Have you forgotten, or are you scared of remembering?’ The Strategies for Representing Perpetrators in Detention

15:45-16:45 Panel 10. Haunting Memories

Chair: Florence Fröhlig

Discussant: Hans Ruin

Ruben Hordijk: The Spectral Heir and the Legitimate Heir: Responses and Response-ability to Transgenerational Trauma

Paula O’Donohoe: How are politicised and polarised memories transmitted? Transgenerational transmission of memories from the Spanish Civil War and the Franco Regime in today’s Spain

17:00-18:00 Keynote:

Jessica Rapson and Lucy Bond: Capitalising on the Past: Heritage, Industry, and the Whitewashing of Memory in the Deep South

Chair: Stef Craps

19:00 Dinner & Party

Friday, August 19

9:30-10:30 Panel 11. Victimhood and Memory

Chair: Lovisa Andén

Discussant: Susanne Knittel (zoom)

Savina Sirik: Memorialization of complexities in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia

Cagla Demirel: Is it just a ‘Victim Olympics’ or does every mother cry the same? Exploring inclusive victimhood narratives in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina

10:45-11:45 Panel 12. Memory Practices

Chair: Victoria Fareld

Discussant: Brett Kaplan

Linda Mannheim: Stumbling Stones: Victims, Non-Victims, and ‘Memory Culture’ in Germany

Amelia Ino: Memory Praxis: The role of literature pedagogy in shaping, transmitting, and challenging cultural memory

12:00-13:00 Lunch