Mnemonics London 2023: Programme

Mnemonics Summer School, 2023: The Industry of Memory

Goldsmiths, University of London; King’s College London; University of Westminster

Programme 27-29 June

Tuesday 27 June (venue: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster)

9.15-9.45: Registration 

9.45: Opening Remarks 

10-00-11.30: Panel 1: Nostalgia Industries

Chair: Dr Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Christian Alexius (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt),Loving Cinema to Death: Deconstructions of the Memory Industry and Movie Nostalgia in Cinema Purgatorio

Yanning Chen (Loughborough University), “Mnemonic Labour and the Transformation of Old Mobile Phones into Nostalgic Objects”

Stuart Freedman (University of Westminster), “The cockney polyphon: the London pie and mash shop as a site of mnemonic industry”

Respondent: Professor Jessica Ortner (University of Copenhagen)

11.40-1.10: Panel 2: Countering “Top-Down” Memory/ Memories from Below/ Counter-Hegemonic Memory

Chair: Dr Jessica Rapson (King’s College London)

Mingkun Li (King’s College London), “A ‘two-direction’ Pattern of National Memory production in China – A case study of the Production of Panzhihua National Third Front Museum

Maria Jukna (Jagiellonian University), “The difficult memory under the Authorized Heritage Discourse. The comfort women story in the official narrative of South Korea”

Andong Li (King’s College London), “Remembering strange encounters: The defamiliarisation of ‘Taiwanese compatriots’ through tourism”

Respondent: Professor Sara Dybris McQuaid (University of Aarhus)

1.10-2.00: Lunch

2.00-3.15: Keynote

Professor Jenny Wüstenberg (Nottingham Trent University): “Remembering Extinct Species – Between Business and Memory” 

Chair: Dr Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths, University of London)

3.15-3.30: Coffee 

3.30-4.45: Panel 3: Publishing and Education

Chair: Professor Stef Craps (Ghent University)

Jennifer Noji (University of California, Los Angeles), “The Human Rights Regime and Publishing Industry: Pre-Packaging Memories of Violence for Western Readers”

Sofía Forchieri (Radboud University Nijmegen), “Impure Resistances?” Reckonings with the Violence of Feminicide Remembrance in Contemporary Latin American Short Fiction”

Marianne Kirk (University of Copenhagen), “Holocaust education between classroom and the industries of memories”

Respondent: Professor Susanne Knittel (Utrecht University) 

5.00-6.15: Keynote

Professor John Lennon (Glasgow Caledonian University): “Memory and Commemoration of Dark Heritage Sites; the case of Kazakhstan”

Chair: Dr Lucy Bond (University of Westminster)

6.30-9.00: Book Launch and Wine Reception and Pizzas (held in Fyvie Hall)

We are delighted to host the launch of two books edited by some of our keynotes: 

Jenny Wüstenberg and Yifat Gutman (eds), Routledge Handbook of Memory Activism (Routledge, 2023)

Brett Kaplan (ed.), Critical Memory Studies: New Approaches (Bloomsbury Academic, 2023)

Wednesday 28 June (venue: Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster)

10.00-11.30: Panel 4: Memory and State Violence

Chair: Dr Lucy Bond (University of Westminster)

Yair Agmon (University of California, Los Angeles), “’It’s Only Real Estate’: The Market Logic of Heritage and Dispossession in East Jerusalem”

Pratiti Roy (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal), “The Politics of Remembering and Forgetting in Contemporary Media – Analyzing the Social Amnesia and Memory Politics Surrounding the Marichjhapi Massacre”

Miya Moriwaki (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), “Unearthing Narrative Intersections: Grounds for Decolonial Solidarities and a Place-Based Study of History”

Respondent: Professor Astrid Erll (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

11.30-11.45: Coffee

11.45- 1.15: Panel 5: Virtual or Prosthetic Memory

Chair: Professor Jessica Ortner (University of Copenhagen)

Linda Mannheim (University of Westminster), “Ask a Survivor” — Representations of Holocaust Survivors in Museum Programmes”

Kelsey Moore (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Virtualizing ‘Internment’ Memory: Mediated Experientiality in the Japanese American Incarceration Visitor Center”

Julia Golachowska (Jagiellonian University), “Is difficult heritage difficult to sell? The analysis of museums’s gift shops”

Respondent: Professor Amza Reading (King’s College London) 

1.15-2.00: Lunch

2.00-3.15: Keynote

Professor Brett Ashley Kaplan (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign): “Slow Fiction and the Deindustrialization of Memory Studies” 

Chair: Dr Jessica Rapson (King’s College London)

3.15-3.30: Coffee 

3.45-5.15: Panel 6: Memory Activism

Chair: Dr Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths, University of London) 

Clara Vlessing (Utrecht University), “Memory Work and Memory Workers in the Cultural Afterlives of Sylvia Pankhurst”

Duygu Erbil (Utrecht University), “Culture Industry vs. Cultural Circuit: Two Frameworks for Cultural Memory”

Jo Kreft (University of Birmingham), “The challenges of unpaid memory activism”

Respondent: Dr Hanna Teichler (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

5.15 – 6.15: Professional Development Session – Getting Published in Memory Studies: Advice from Our Roundtable Discussion Panellists 

Ben Doyle, Publisher for Literature, Digital Cultures and Medical/Health Humanities

Camille Davies, Senior Editor – Cultural Studies, Palgrave Macmillan; editor of the Palgrave Memory Studies series

Dr Hanna Teichler, co-editor of Memory Studies Review (Brill)

Professor Amza Reading, co-managing editor of Media, Culture & Society (Sage)

Chair: Professor Brett Ashley Kaplan (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

7.00-9.00: Summer School Dinner (please assemble at The Green Man, 36 Riding House Street, London, Greater London W1W 7EP)

Thursday 29 June (venue: Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, Strand Campus)

9.30-11.00: Panel 7: Memory and Industrial Violence 

Chair: Professor Susanne Knittel (Utrecht University)

Bhagyashri Vyasaramacharya (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt), “Distributed Implication: Remembering Human and non-Human Agency in the Bengal Famine (1943)”

Olya Feldberg (University of Virginia), “Memories of Industry vs. Industries of Memory: Soviet Atomic Heritage in Modern Russia”

Michał Gliński (Jagiellonian University), “Forgotten industries, or an industry of forgetting. Memory studies on societal change in 19th century Poland”

Katherine Thomas (Carnegie Mellon University), “The Dangers of Forgetting in the Coal Fields”

Respondent: Professor Michael Rothberg (UCLA)

11.00-11.15: Coffee

11.15-12.15: Panel 8: Industrial Grief

Chair: Rick Crownshaw (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Alice Carlill (Goldsmiths, University of London), “The False Memory of Petro-Industries: Petromelancholia, Nostalgia, and the Psychological Cost of Misremembrance”

Brenda Wang (University of California, Los Angeles), “A memory of shadow and concrete: Trauma studies and the screening of Asiatic racialization post-Hiroshima”

Respondent: Professor Stef Craps (Ghent University)

12.15-12.30: Concluding Remarks

12.45-2.00: Lunch

[The Mnemonics partners meeting will take place in hybrid form from 1.15 to 2.15 in room K2.40.]