Workshop: New Directions in Memory Studies




Monday 5th September, 14.30

ORB 1.24

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Refreshments will be available from 14.30 onwards (Social Area, Block B, First Floor, O’Rahilly Building)

14.45 Welcome (SR 1.24, O’Rahilly Building)

Digital Memories and New Media
Samuel Merrill (Dept of Sociology, Umea University)
The Lady with the Handbag: The Mnemonic Afterlives of Danuta Danielsson’s Medial Moment
Jessica Jones (Digital Humanities, UCC)
We Were Not Meant to Have This Much Evidence
16.00 Break

New Approaches to Memory: From the Literary to Place-Making
Emma Bond (Dept of Italian, University of St Andrews)
Transnational memory in literature and art: new intermedial approaches
Karen Till (Dept of Geography, Maynooth)
Caring for Place: Memory-Work as an Intergenerational Right and Responsibility

17.30 wine reception and launch of Cara Levey’s new book ‘Fragile Memory, Shifting Impunity: Commemoration and Contestation in Post-Dictatorship Argentina and Uruguay’, published as part of Peter Lang’s Cultural Memories series. Presented by Helena Buffery, Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, UCC and Karen Till. Please see flyer attached. Discount flyers and copies of the book will be available at the launch.

Participant biographies

Emma Bond is Senior Lecturer in Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of St Andrews. She works mainly on border, migration and trans-national narratives. Some recent publications include ‘Towards a Trans-national Turn in Italian Studies?’ (Italian Studies 69: 3, Nov. 2014), the co-edited volume Destination Italy: Representing Migration in Contemporary Media and Narrative (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015), and ‘“Let me go back and recreate what I don’t know”: Locating Trans-national Memory Work in Contemporary Narrative’ (Modern Languages Open, April 2016). She is Joint Editor of the Transnational Italian Cultures Series at Liverpool University Press.

Samuel Merrill is a postdoctoral researcher at Umeå University’s Digital Social Research Unit. He is currently working on a project entitled Mobilising The Past: The Transnational and Digital Social Memories of Contemporary European Antifascism and is primarily interested in questions of memory, landscape, heritage and infrastructure, within a broadly conceived underground (spatial, political and cultural). His PhD thesis was awarded first prize in the 2014 Peter Lang Young Scholars in Memory Studies Prize and is due for publication next year under the title: Excavating Buried Memories: Networked Remembrance in the Railways beneath London and Berlin.

Karen E. Till is Senior Lecturer of Cultural Geography at Maynooth University. She is Director of the MA in Geography at Maynooth, the Space&Place Research Collaborative (Ireland), and founding co-Convener of the Mapping Spectral Traces international network of artists, practitioners and scholars. Karen’s geo-ethnographic research in Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Dublin, Minneapolis, and Roanoke examines the significance of place in personal and social memory, and the ongoing legacies of state-perpetrated violence. Her curatorial work invites artists, practitioners, community leaders, scholars and publics to explore how creative practices might enable more responsible and sustainable approaches to caring for places, shared environments and cities. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, her publications include The New Berlin: Place, Politics, Memory (2005), Mapping Spectral Traces (2010), and the co-edited volumes Textures of Place (2001) and Walls, Borders and Boundaries (2012). Karen’s book in progress, Wounded Cities, highlights the significance of place-based memory-work and ethical forms of care at multiple scales that may contribute to creating more socially just futures.