Thinking Through the Future of Memory

Thinking Through the Future of Memory

Memory Studies Association (in planning)
Vom - Bis
03.12.2016 - 05.12.2016
Jenny Wüstenberg

Conference Invitation

Thinking Through the Future of Memory
Inaugural Conference of the Memory Studies Association
Amsterdam, December 3-5, 2016

Memory studies is currently undergoing rapid expansion and is receiving growing recognition in academic and policy circles. However, concerns are being raised that the field’s expansion has not been matched by concomitant advances in theoretical groundwork, methodological sophistication and professional organization. The primary purpose of this meeting will be to think through the theoretical, methodological and professional challenges faced by memory studies as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry and practice. The overarching questions for the conference are: What is the identity of the memory studies field and how can/should we actively shape its future?

Another important aim of the conference is to set-up an international Memory Studies Association that will gather under its umbrella all the already existing smaller scholarly groups working on memory issues, as well as providing a home to research-oriented practitioners and policy-makers. Networking and exchange will be key for the conference.

The programme features 12 panels, three rountables, a professional development and a teaching workshop. Among the speakers are: Jeffrey Olick, Daniel Levy, Astrid Erll, Michael Rothberg, Ann Rigney, Siobhan Kattago, Wulf Kansteiner and Andrew Hoskins.

To view the programme and register for the conference please go to

The deadline for registration is November 18, 2016.
For any questions do not hesitate to contact us at

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Amsterdam and to a lively conference!

Best wishes,
Jenny Wüstenberg & Aline Sierp


Inaugural Conference of the Memory Studies Association
3-5 December 2016 in Amsterdam

Saturday, 03 December 2016

17.30 Registration

18.00-19.00 Reception
Light dinner & drinks served.
Room: Serre

19.00-19.30 Welcome address
Aline Sierp (Maastricht University) and Jenny Wüstenberg (York University)
Room: Groote Zaal

19.30-21.00 Roundtable “Moving Memory”
Astrid Erll (University of Frankfurt), Daniel Levy (Stony Brook University), Ann Rigney
(Utrecht University), Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles)
Chair: Aline Sierp (Maastricht University)
Room: Groote Zaal

Sunday, 04 December 2016


Panel 1: Memory and Theory
Chair: Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Room: Groote Zaal

Björn Thomassen (Roskilde University) & Rosario Forlenza (New York University)
Rethinking the theoretical foundations of memory though liminality

Slawomir Kapralski (Pedagogical University of Krakow)
Between Memory and Theory: Addressing Theoretical Deficits of Memory Studies

Gerd Sebald (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
Enlarging the conceptual base of memory studies by redefining the concept of memory?

Vincent Druliolle (University Carlos III Madrid)
Beyond the objectification of memory: the implications of understanding memory as and essentially contested concept

Franziska Metzger (University of Teacher Education Lucerne)
Mythicisation as Mechanism of Memory Construction-Methodological and Conceptual Reflections

Panel 2: Memory and the Arts
Chair: Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (University of Warwick)
Room: Bibliotheek

Cimen Günay-Erkol (Ozyegin University) & Ugur Caliskan (Bogazici University)
Turkey’s Military Periods and Literature as Memory Work

Efi Aharon
The newly born mother: Immigration and Imagination – Daughters of immigrant mothers invent maternal memories and create new identities

Olga Poliukhovych (University of Kyiv-Mohyla)
The Role of Memory in the Shaping of National and Cultural Identity

Darcy Buerkle (Smith College)
Antifascism, Affect and The “Mexican Suitcase"

Noga Stiassny (University of Hamburg)
The Artscapes of the Holocaust

Eyal Boers (Tel-Aviv University)
Black Book: Dutch Prototype or Jewish Outsider. Films in the Service of Memory

Panel 3: Memory Going Nowhere?
Chair: Anamaria Dutceac-Segesten (Lund University)
Room: Koorzaal

Felix Krawatzek (University of Oxford) & Rieke Trimcev ​(University of Greifswald)
Universalising a European Past? Things to do with Entangled Memory

Sara Jones (University of Birmingham)
(Why) is memory stuck? The National and Transnational in Memory Studies Theory

Joanne Sayner (University of Birmingham)
Travel Writing: Theory, Translation and Adaptation

Alex Brown (University of Birmingham)
Theory: The Memory of Ideology (and the Ideology of Memory)

Amy Sodaro (Borough of Manhattan Community College)
Memory’s Future?

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break (Room: Serre)


Panel 4: Memory Concepts
Chair: Siobhan Kattago (University of Tartu)
Room: Bibliotheek

Andrea Cossu (University of Trento)
Memory, Cultural Structures and Meaning Mechanism

Kári Driscoll & Susanne Knittel (Utrecht University)
Towards a Posthumanist Memory Studies

Jarula Wegner (University of Frankfurt)
Shifting Paradigms: from linguistic to performative turn

Ana Dragojlovic (University of Melbourne)
Violent Histories and Embodies Memories: Affective Methodologies in memory Studies

Rafał Riedel (University of Opole)
Authoritarian populism as a vehicle in memory manipulation

Panel 5: Memory Regions
Chair: Simon Lewis (Free University Berlin)
Room: Koorzaal

Malgorzata Pakier (Polin Museum) & Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw)
Conceptualising Memory Regions

Yifat Gutman (Ben-Gurion University)
Memory activism as a memory region: A comparative lens to the mobilization of contested pasts

Tea Sindbæk Andersen (University of Copenhagen)
Do we need a ‘tectonics’ of memory?

Paul Vickers (University of Giessen)
Memory Studies and Europe’s Epistemic Peripheries: Does the future lie in the archive

​Emilia Salvanou (Hellenic Open University)
The "refugee crisis" as a new normality and its implications on memory studies. The case of Mediterranean refugees

Panel 6: Memory as a Field
Chair: Marek Kucia (Jagiellonian University Krakow)
Room: Groote Zaal

Ferenc Laczo (Maastricht University)
After the Boom

Anamaria Dutceac-Segesten (Lund University)
Memory studies: The state of an emergent field

Ruramisai Charumbira (University of Texas)
Renaissance: The Dialectics of memory and Forgetting

Lea David (Tel Aviv University)
Mandating Memory in the Name of Human Rights

Christina Simko (Williams College)
Reflections from Across the Pond: Difficult Pasts in the United States and Europe

12.30-14:30 Lunch (Room: Serre)
Roundtable “Do Memory Scholars matter in Memory Politics?”
Elazar Barkan (Columbia University), Jan Kubik (University College London), Roma
Sendyka (Jagiellonian University), Cecilie Stokholm Banke (Danish Institute for
International Studies),
Chair: Christina Morina (Duitsland-Institut Amsterdam)
Room: Groote Zaal


Panel 7: Combining Disciplines
Chair: Joanne Garde-Hansen (University of Warwick)
Room: Bibliotheek

Oliver Plessow (University of Rostock)
Didactics of History and Memory Studies- reflections of an intricate relationship

Angelika Bammer (Emory University)
Can We Talk? Neuroscientists and Humanists on memory

Anette Storeide (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Searching for the Constructors and Promoters of Memories: Why Memory Studies should look to MLG

Barbara Tönquist Plewa (Lund University)
Memory Studies and Critical Heritage Studies - a happy marriage ?

Daphne Winland (York University)
Researching unspeakable pasts: lessons from ethnographic approaches

Panel 8: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners
Chair: Nicolas Moll (Independent Researcher and Intercultural Trainer, Sarajevo)
Room: Groote Zaal

Kara Blackmore (Curator and PhD Candidate LSE)
Art and Exhibition Making as Method: An exploration into curatorial practice in post-conflict societies

Laura Boerhout (Educator, Curator and PhD Candidate University of Amsterdam)
Engaging with memory activism. Thoughts on positionality and commitment

Manca Bajec (Artist and PhD Candidate Royal College of Art)
Ethical considerations on artistic research in the field of Memory Studies

Esther Captain (Author and Head of Centre for Applied Research in Education Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)
Navigating different fields of difference in- and outside academia. Challenges and opportunities

Wim Manahutu (Curator, Heritage Professional and PhD Candidate Free University Amsterdam)
(Re-)presenting Maluku. Voices from a post-colonial community in the Netherlands

Panel 9: Are Memory Studies Euro-centric?
Chair: Ralph Sprenkels (Utrecht University)
Room: Koorzaal

Fabiola Arellano (Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich)
Illustrating Memories: Documentation of Survivors’ Testimonies in Post-conflict Peru

Mónika Contreras Saiz (Freie Universität, Berlin)
Soap Operas (telenovelas): Unofficial Vehicles of Memory in Latin America?

Hendrikje Grunow (Universität Konstanz)
Feeling the Past. De-Eurocentrering Historical Consciousness

Leonardo Moreira Pascuti (Katholische Universität Eichstätt, Ingolstadt)
Nunca Mais: The Holocaust Perception and the Post-Dictatorship Discourses in Brazil (1979-1985)

Lena Voigtländer (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
Reflections of a Time Past - Photography and the Post-Generation in El Salvador

16.00-16.15 Coffee Break (Room: Serre)

16.15-17.45 Professional Development Events
1: Career Café
Advice on the job market for memory scholars
with Andrew Hoskins (University of Glasgow), Jan Kubik (University College London),
Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia), Alison Ribeiro de Menezes (Warwick
University), and others
Room: Groote Zaal

2: Teaching Workshop
Workshop on pedagogy in Memory Studies
with Jonathan Bach (New School) and Sara Jones (University of Birmingham)
Room: Koorzaal

18.00-19.30 Roundtable “Where is the memory field going?”
Wulf Kansteiner (Aarhus University), Siobhan Kattago (University of Tartu)
Erica Lehrer (Concordia University), Jeffrey Olick (University of Virginia),
Chair: Jenny Wüstenberg (York University, Toronto)
Room: Groote Zaal

19.30 Dinner (self-pay)
Participants will be organized into small, thematic dinner groups

Monday, 05 December 2016


Panel 10: Methodology in Memory Studies
Chair: Ulla Savolainen (University of Helsinki)
Room: Bibliotheek

Elizabeth Worden (American University)
Studying memory Practices: methods for Moving Beyond the Expected Past

Philipp Ebert (University of Cambridge)
Beyond Elite Discourse. Contemplations on how to incorporate the wider public’s views into the study of memory

Alma Jeftic (International University of Sarajevo)
Analysis of Narratives in memory Studies: Advantages and Disadvantages of Quantitative Approach

Catherine Guisan (University of Minnesota)
Setting the Record Straight: Whose Memory Should we Trust?

Vicky Karaiskou (Open University of Cyprus)
Implicit memory and priming effects: can we ignore them?

Panel 11: Memory and the Media
Chair: Codruta Pohrib (Maastricht University)
Room: Koorzaal

Joyce Van de Bildt (Tel Aviv University)
Online memory platforms and their role in the construction of collective memory

Dana Hakman (Amsterdam University College)
You press the button, the algorithm does the rest: new positions of photography as memory tool.

Steffi De Jong (University of Cologne)
Sound memory? Towards a sensory study of cultural memory

Farah Aboubakr (University of Edinburg)
Recreating and Mapping Palestinian Homeland through Storytelling in Performative Arts and Cinema

Christine Lohmeier (University of Bremen)
Family memory in times of deep mediatization

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break (Room: Foyer)


Panel 12: Places of Memory
Chair: Antony Kalashnikov (University of Oxford)
Room: Koorzaal

Peter Pirker (University of Vienna)
Mapping Urban Memorial Landscapes

Monika Palmberger (University of Vienna)
Remembering Across Borders

Tim Gruene (University of Hongkong)
Memory Spaces as Film

Konstantina Chrysostomou (Architect)
Negotiating Cultural Identities and memory in post-conflict space. The memorial landscapes of Nicosia

Carolyn Birdsall (University of Amsterdam) & Danielle Drozdzewsk (UNSW Australia)
Mobile Research: The Place of (Auto)Ethnography in Contemporary Memory Studies

Panel 13: Places of Amnesia
Chair: Sara Jones (University of Birmingham)
Room: Bibliotheek

Gruia Badescu (University of Cambridge)
Urban Disruptions: Between Place-making and Places of Amnesia

Helen Roche (University of Cambridge)
“Places of Amnesia" and Postwar German Memory Culture

Philipp Ebert (University of Cambridge)
Forgetting and Political Legitimacy in Democratic Transition: The Case of 20th-Century Germany

Elena Zezlina (University of Cambridge)
The Placing of Amnesia on the Northeastern Border of Italy Post-1945

Brian Johnsrud (Stanford University)
New Methods for Discovering "the Reader" of Literary Texts - Involving Memory and the Past

12.30-13.00 Concluding Words (Room: Koorzaal)

13.00-14.30 Memory Studies Association planning meeting (Location TBD)
Informal lunch (self-pay) - open to all participants.

15.00-16.30 Black Heritage walking tour (optional)
Led by Surinamese-American Jennifer Tosch, the Black Heritage Tour tells the hidden histories of the African diaspora in the Netherlands and the focuses on untold stories of the Dutch slavery history. For more information, see:


Jenny Wüstenberg

York University, Toronto
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