NITMES-Conference: Provincializing European Memory

NITMES-Conference: Provincializing European Memory

NITMES: Network in Transnational Memory Studies, led by Utrecht University and the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP)
Goethe University Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main
Vom - Bis
24.09.2015 - 25.09.2015
Jarula M.I. Wegner

The NITMES network studies the dynamics of transnational memory by focussing on the circulation of memories across national borders, by highlighting the different scales of memory and their inter-relations (the familial and the national, the local and the global, the regional and the transregional etc.), and by addressing memories that represent and connect different communities. After the NITMES conferences on ‘Memory without Borders’ (Utrecht June 2013), ‘Diasporic Memory’ (Urbana Champaign November 2013), ‘Memory Transfers and Transformations’ (Konstanz June 2014), ‘Scales of Memory” (Canberra December 2014), and ‘Memory Practices and the Making of Europe’ (Lund, June 2015), the series will be continued with a NITMES-conference at Goethe-University Frankfurt.

This conference’s specific focus is on PROVINCIALIZING EUROPEAN MEMORY. Much research so far has addressed the dynamics of memory in Europe and the so-called ‘Western world’. ‘Provincializing European memory’ is meant as an appeal and a challenge: It describes our aim to study memory practices in different parts of the world that may call into question some of the (seemingly universal) concepts which have been developed within memory studies on the basis of predominantly European cases (e.g., the nation as a key frame of memory, the ‘Holocaust’ as a global symbol, lieux de mémoire as an expression of modernity, the structure of testimony).

While on the one hand, we are interested in the logic of transnational memory in less-frequently studied areas such as, for example, China, Africa, and the Indian Ocean, we will also, on the other hand, study nonmainstream, unexpected, and ‘subaltern’ practices of transnational memory within Europe. Ideally, this workshop will help us to broaden our understanding of transnational memory and to take a fresh look at memory studies’ concepts, theories, and methodologies with the help of scholars from neighbouring academic fields, such as postcolonial studies, anthropology, and area studies.


Thursday, 24. Sep 2015 (Renate-von-Metzler-Saal Casino, Campus Westend, 1.801)

9:30-10:00 Opening and Introduction (Astrid Erll, Goethe University Frankfurt)

10:00-11:30 Session 1
Ann Rigney (Utrecht University, the Netherlands):
"The Reception of Walter Scott in India: Remembering as anti-colonial Resistance"

Paolo Vignolo (National University of Colombia, Bogota, Columbia)
"On the Ruins of a Foundational Myth: Postcolonial Paradoxes of a Memorial Site of the Spanish Conquest in Colombia"

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:00 TED-Talks on New Projects in Transnational Memory Studies (1)
• Jarula Wegner (Goethe University Frankfurt): "A Crude, Empty, Fragile Shell"
• Andrea Gremels (Goethe University Frankfurt): "Transculturalizing Memory in French HipHop"
• Zhang Yingije (Goethe University Frankfurt)
• Sarah Czerney (Herder Institute Marburg/ Goethe University Frankfurt)

13:00-14.00 Lunch

14:00-15:15 The “Campus Westend” as a Site of Memory: A Guided Walk with Dr. Steffen Bründel (Forschungszentrum für historische Geisteswissenschaften, Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

15:15-16:45 Session 2
Rosanne Kennedy (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
"Provincializing Post-Memory: Memoirs from Sierra Leone and Palestine"

Birte Heidemann (University of Potsdam) and Pavan Kumar Malreddy (Goethe University Frankfurt)
"Subaltern Memories? Gender, Nation and ‘Immediation’ in Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict"

16:45-17:15 Coffee Break

17:15-18:15 TED-Talks on New Projects in Transnational Memory Studies (2)
• Sayma Khan (Goethe University Frankfurt)
• Hanna Teichler (Goethe University Frankfurt)
• Sophie Opitz (Goethe University Frankfurt)
• Erin Högerle (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Friday, 25. Sep. 2015 Renate-von-Metzler-Saal Casino, Campus Westend, 1.801)

10:00-11:30 Session 3
Paul Bijl (University of Amsterdam)
"Dismantling the Empire of European Memory (Studies)"

Frank Schulze-Engler (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
"Remembering South-South Solidarity"

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-13:30 Session 4
Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
"Re-Locating Memories: Narratives of Indian South Africans in Cape Town"

John Njenga Karugia (Goethe University Frankfurt, AFRASO)
"Connective Indian Ocean Memories: Towards a Braver Afrasian History"

13:30-15:00 Lunch at “Sturm & Drang”

15:00-16:30 Session 5
Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Lund University, Sweden)
"Memory Politics in Contemporary Ukraine. Some Reflections from a Postcolonial Perspective"

Sébastien Fevry (Université catholique de Louvain, UCL, Belgium)
"Beyond National and European Frames: The Commune’s Memory in Films"

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break

17:00- 18:00 Final Discussion


Astrid Erll
Anglophone Literatures and Cultures (IEAS)
Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

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