The Digital MSA or dMSA is the MSA’s online event series. Approximately eight times per year, the MSA will host a memory studies-related webinar. The goal of dMSA is to foster scholarly exchange of ideas on the most important issues in memory studies today.

All dMSA events will be held via Zoom, making possible interaction with the audience, and livestreamed on the MSA’s YouTube channel. They will be archived on the MSA website for later viewing by MSA members at their convenience.

There will be three types of dMSA events. First, the dMSA committee (a subcommittee of the MSA executive committee chaired by Paco Ferrándiz) will organize a number of events itself. Second, the dMSA committee welcomes proposals for events to be organized by members of the MSA, for which it will provide technical support. And third, organizers of noteworthy events that are already happening anyway can apply to have them branded as dMSA events.

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Upcoming event:

Recent Past-Memories and the Growth of Right-wing
Political Forces in the Southern Cone of America:
Chile, Argentina and Brazil

23 June, 18:00 CEST (UTC +2) | 13:00 UTC-3

In this roundtable, we will look at the Southern hemisphere to discuss the rise and growth of right-wing forces and their impact on struggles for memory. Scholars from Chile, Argentina and Brazil will contribute to the conversation with their analysis of the narratives arising in the political arena and the attempts of right-wing supporters to limit reparation state policies for victims of human right abuses.


Daniela Jara, ESOC UV (Universidad de Valparaíso) / COES

Daniela Jara is Associate Professor in the Sociology School at the Universidad de Valparaíso, where she teaches Sociology of Culture and courses on Social Theory. She received her Ph.D from Goldsmiths College, University of London.  She is interested in transitional justice, cultural memory and the sociology of human rights.

Daniela Jara es Profesora Adjunta en el Departamento de Sociología de la Universidad de Valparaíso, donde enseña Sociología de la Cultura y otras materias en Teorías Sociales. Obtuvo su doctorado en Goldsmights College, Universidad de Londres. Su interés está en temas de justicia transicional, memoria cultural y la sociología de derechos humanos.

Valentina Salvi, CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas)

Valentina Salvi received her PhD in Social Sciences from Universidad Estadual de Campinas (Brazil). She is currently an independent researcher at CONICET and Director of CIS-CONICET/IDES’s Núcleo de Estudios sobre Memoria. She is also Associated Professor in the Department of Art and Culture at Universidad de Tres Febrero. She has recently edited Las voces de la represión. Declaraciones de perpetradores de la dictadura argentina (together with Claudia Feld, 2019, Miño y Dávila) and published De vencedores a víctimas. Memorias militares sobre el pasado reciente en la Argentina (2012, Biblos).

Valentina Salvi es doctora en Ciencias sociales por la Universidad Estadual de Campinas (Brasil). Actualmente es investigadora independiente del CONICET y Directora del Núcleo de Estudios sobre Memoria del CIS-CONICET/IDES, así como profesora adjunta del Departamento de Arte y Cultura de la Universidad de Tres Febrero. Es editora de Las voces de la represión. Declaraciones de perpetradores de la dictadura argentina (junto con Claudia Feld, 2019, Miño y Dávila) y autora de De vencedores a víctimas. Memorias militares sobre el pasado reciente en la Argentina (2012, Biblos).

Samantha Quadrat, Universidade Federal Fluminense

Samantha Quadrat received her PhD in History from Universidade Federal Fluminense, and is now Associated Professor in the Department of History at la Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro. She is also a researcher at Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem (LABHOI) and at CNPq. She has worked on topics of memory, political violence and human rights in Latinamerica, particularly the Southern Cone. She has published and edited various books, including História e memória das ditaduras do seculo XX (2015), A construção social dos regimes autoritários (2010) and Não foi tempo perdido: os anos 80 em debate (2014). 

Samantha Quadrat es doctora en Historia por Universidade Federal Fluminense, profesora en el Departamento de História de la Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro. Es también investigadora del Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem (LABHOI) y becaria del CNPq. Ha trabajado sobre temas de memoria, violencia politica y derechos humanos en América Latina, especialmente del Cono Sur. Es autora y compiladora de varios libros incluyendo História e memória das ditaduras do seculo XX (2015), A construção social dos regimes autoritários (2010) y Não foi tempo perdido: os anos 80 em debate (2014).



Michael J. Lazzara, University California, Davis

Michael J. Lazzara (Ph.D. Princeton University) is professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Davis. He also serves as associate vice provost for academic programs in Global Affairs and is one of the founding faculty of the Program in Human Rights Studies. His research and writing focus on the intersections among culture, memory, history, and human rights in Latin America, especially in the Southern Cone. He is the author of various books, including Chile in Transition: The Poetics and Politics of Memory (2006), Luz Arce and Pinochet’s Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence (2011), and Civil Obedience: Complicity and Complacency in Chile since Pinochet (2018).

Michael J. Lazzara es Doctor en Literatura y Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos por Princeton University y profesor en el Depatamento de Español y Portugués de la Universidad de California, Davis. Es también Associate Vice Provost de Programas Académicos en Global Affairs y uno de los profesores fundadores del Programa de Derechos Humanos en UC Davis. Ha trabajado sobre temas de memoria y derechos humanos en América Latina, especialmente en Chile. Es autor de varios libros incluyendo Prismas de la memoria: narración y trauma en la transición chilena (2007), Luz Arce: después del infierno (2008) y Obediencia Civil: complicidad y complacencia en Chile desde Pinochet (2018).


Alicia Salomone, Universidad de Chile

Alicia Salomone is Full Professor at the Department of Literature, Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities, Universidad de Chile. A cultural historian and a literary critic, her research and teaching have focused on identities, memories, and cultural production in Latin America. Alicia is a founding member of RIEMS-Red Interdisciplinaria de Estudios sobre Memoria Social [Interdisciplinary Networks on Social Memories Studies]. She also heads the Diploma ‘Memories, social movements, and artistic and cultural production in Chile and the Southern Cone of America’ at Universidad de Chile. Her recent publications include a dossier in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the coup d’état in Chile for Meridional. Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos 2 (2014), and the volumes Memory and poetic imagination in the Southern Cone, 1960-2010 (Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 2015); and Cultural memories and urgencies of the present time. Aesthetic and political practices in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia (Buenos Aires: Corregidor, forthcoming).

Past event:

Memory, Crisis and Democracy in Africa

12 May, 18:00 CEST (UTC +2)


Hanna Teichler, Goethe University

Hanna Teichler holds a PhD from the department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Goethe University Frankfurt, and a M.A. degree in English, French and Portuguese philology. She is a research associate at the department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe University, Frankfurt. She is a Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform Fellow, Member of the MSA Executive Committee, Co-editor of the Mobilizing Memories Book Series (Brill, with Rebekah Vince), and Co-founder of the interdisciplinary research Network (ReOTi – Rethinking the Order of Time, with Johanna Vollmeyer).


Sakiru Adebayo, University of the Witwatersrand

Sakiru Adebayo is a postdoctoral fellow at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently working on a manuscript which investigates the politics and representations of memory in African fiction. He has published in the Journal of African Cultural Studies, African Studies, Journal of Pan-African Studies, Research in African Literatures, SAFUNDI among others. His publication profile can be found here:


Richard Benda, Luther King House Open College

Richard Benda, Phd, is a political philosopher interested in the complex interactions between religious and political agency. He teaches Contextual and Practical Theology at LKH Theological College and Durham University. His postdoctoral research explores different tropes of the aftermath of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, in particular (a) intergenerational narratives/dialogues on guilt, shame, transformation and accountability, (b) transitional temporalities, and (c) resistance and rescue as positive deviance.

Liz Stanley, University of Edinburgh

Liz Stanley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh and has been researching historical sociology and South African topics since the mid-1990s. The author of numerous journal articles and 17 books, of which the most relevant to the conference topic are Mourning Becomes…: Post/Memory and the Concentration Camps of the South African War, and The Racialising Process. For further information see

Nancy Rushohora, University of Dar es Salaam/Stellenbosch University

Nancy Rushohora is a Lecturer in archaeology and heritage studies at the University of Dar es Salaam and a research fellow at Exeter and Stellenbosch Universities. She has published widely on sites of memory and landscape of trauma.  Her single and co-authored articles include: Look at Majimaji! A plea for historical photographs in TanzaniaDesperate Mourning and Atrophied Representation: A Tale of Two Skulls; and Graves, Houses of Pain and Execution: Memories of the German Prisons after the Majimaji War in Tanzania (1904–1908). She is currently working on a digital project the Transgenerational Memories of the Majimaji War.

Past event:

Mnemonic Solidarity: Book Presentation Roundtable

23 April, 14:00 CEST (UTC +2)

Co-organised by Critical Global Studies Institute as part of dMSA.

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In this book presentation roundtable, the five scholars behind the recently published book “Mnemonic Solidarity: Global Interventions” will present their findings and highlights. Their work, part of Palgrave’s Entangled Memories in the Global South series, explores the work of globalisation on the landscape of memory, focusing on Europe, East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


Aiden Erasmus, University of the Western Cape

Aidan Erasmus is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape, and completed a Ph.D on sound and the historiography of war in South Africa in 2018. His current research is focused on comparative histories of race, technology, and sound in Africa, with specific attention paid to intellectual histories of language, media, and memory. His current research project is on the interpretive role of sound in the transnational work of the southern African intellectual and activist, Sol. T. Plaatje.

Carol Gluck, Columbia University

Carol Gluck is the George Sansom Professor of History at Columbia University. She specializes in modern Japan, from the late nineteenth century to the present; international relations; World War II, and history-writing and public memory in Asia and the West.  Her work in memory includes Senso no kioku [War memory], 2019; Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory, forthcoming; articles on the “comfort women,”, national history, and global memory.  She is on the advisory board of the Globalized Memorial Museums project (Vienna) and the editorial board of the new journal “Memory, Mind, and Media.”

Jie-Hyun Lim, Sogang University

Jie-Hyun Lim is Professor of Transnational History and Director of the Critical Global Studies Institute (CGSI), Sogang University (Seoul). He used to be a global historian working on Poland and East Asia. Recently, he has been shifting towards the history of global memory with a keen interest of how to overcome the Eurocentricity of the memory studies. He is the principal investigator of the multiyear research project of “Mnemonic Solidarity in the Global Memory Space-On Colonialism, War, and Genocide.” Series co-editor of the “Entangled Memories in the Global South” at Palgrave. His recent books include “Memory Wars: How did perpetrators become victims?”(Humanist, Seoul, 2019), “Mnemonic Solidarity-Global Interventions” (Palgrave, 2021) co-edited with Eve Rosenhaft, “Victimhood Nationalism-A Global History” (Humanist, Seoul, 2021-English version is under preparation), ” “Global Easts: remembering-imagining-practicing”(Columbia University Press, forthcoming).

Eve Rosenhaft, University of Liverpool

Eve Rosenhaft is Professor of German Historical Studies at the University of Liverpool. A member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Munich, she has taught and published widely on aspects of German social history since the eighteenth century. Recent books include Black Germany: The Making and Unmaking of a Diaspora Community 1884-1960 (Cambridge, 2013) and Slavery Hinterland. Transatlantic Slavery and Continental Europe 1680-1850 (Woodbridge, 2016). Her work in memory studies and public history has focused on Black and Romani victims of Nazism, and has involved working with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Imperial War Museum London and German and South Korean memory activists and collaborating with film makers and theatre practitioners.

Lauren van der Rede, Stellenbosch University

Dr. Lauren van der Rede is a lecturer in the Department of English at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her research is concerned with the intersection of genocide, literature, cultural studies and psychoanalysis, from and through Africa. In taking its cue from the literary, as a mode of reading, her work seeks to think what might be at stake in a reckoning with genocide, beyond phenomenon. She received her PhD in Literature from the University of the Western Cape, where she was also a Next Generation Researcher based at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR).


Charles Forsdick, University of Liverpool

Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool. He has published on a range of subjects, including travel writing, colonial history, postcolonial and world literature, and the memorialization of slavery. Recent books include The Black Jacobins Reader (Duke University Press, 2016), Toussaint Louverture: Black Jacobin in an Age of Revolution (Pluto, 2017), Keywords for Travel Writing Studies (Anthem Press, 2019) and Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Sites and Symbols in Modern France (Liverpool University Press, 2020). He also co-edited a special collection of Modern Languages Open on ‘The global crisis in memory: populism, decolonisation and how we remember in the twenty-first century’ (2020).

Past Event:

Careers in Memory Studies

Wednesday 17 March 2021, 5 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. CET

Convened by Stef Craps, Ghent University & MSA Executive Committee

How to go about building a career in memory studies? This interactive event will give graduate students and early career researchers an opportunity to pick the brains of a geographically and disciplinarily diverse panel of more experienced scholars, who will share do’s and don’ts, tricks of the trade and pitfalls to avoid.

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  • Miguel Cardina (CES, University of Coimbra; history)

  • Chandrima Chakraborty (McMaster University; English and cultural studies)

  • Susannah Eckersley (University of Newcastle; museum and heritage studies, cultural studies)

  • Jeremy F. Walton (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; anthropology)

  • Jessica K. Young (New College Florida; literary studies)

  • Magdalena Zolkos (Australian Catholic University / Goethe University Frankfurt; political science)

Miguel Cardina

CES, University of Coimbra | History

Miguel Cardina is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is currently coordinating the project Crossed Memories, Politics of Silence: The Colonial-Liberation Wars in Postcolonial Times (CROME), sponsored by the European Research Council. CROME’s main objective is to produce a history of the memory of the colonial-liberation wars fought by the Portuguese state and the pro-independence African movements. Cardina is the author or co-author of several books, book chapters, and papers on colonialism and anticolonialism; political ideologies in the sixties and seventies; and the dynamics between history and memory. His recent academic work, focused on Portugal and on the former African Portuguese colonies, contributes to the ongoing conceptual and epistemological discussions in the interdisciplinary field of Memory Studies regarding the debates about memory historicisations, memory in the public space, and between politics, power, and representations.

Chandrima Chakraborty

McMaster University | English & Cultural Studies

Chandrima Chakraborty is University Scholar and Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and Director of Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University. She specializes in the literatures and cultures of South Asia and its diaspora, with a focus on history, nationalism, and public memory. Publications include Masculinity, Asceticism, Hinduism: Past and Present Imaginings of India (2011), Mapping South Asian Masculinities: Men and Political Crises (2015), and the co-edited anthology Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning (2017). Her current research involves creating a memory archive on the 1985 Air India bombing at McMaster Library, for which she is conducting interviews with and collecting artefacts from families of those who lost loved ones on AI Flight 182, and collaborating with creative artists working on remembrances of the Air India bombings. She is also conducting research on the relation between race and the current global pandemic focusing on Asian Canadians and Indian Muslims.

Susannah Eckersley

University of Newcastle | Museum and Heritage Studies & Cultural Studies

Susannah Eckersley is Senior Lecturer in Media, Culture, Heritage at Newcastle University, UK; Associated Research Fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam; and co-editor of the Routledge book series “Critical Heritages of Europe”. Her research focus is interdisciplinary, with specialisms in identities, contested belonging, and populism; memory and difficult histories; migration, diversity, and representation. Susannah’s research focuses on the ways these issues are represented, reflected, or neglected in museums and heritage, in commemorations and protests, and in the politics of heritage and memory. She leads the collaborative research project En/Counter/Points: (Re)Negotiating Belonging through Culture and Contact in Public Space and Place (funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) from 2019-2022). Previously she was the deputy project co-ordinator of CoHERE: Critical Heritages – Performing and Representing Identities in Europe (funded by European Commission Horizon 2020 from 2016-2019) and a researcher on the European Commission FP7 project MeLA: European Museums in an Age of Migrations (2011-2015). She has recently co-edited Dimensions of European Heritage and Memory (Routledge, 2019).

Jeremy F. Walton

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity | Anthropology

Jeremy F. Walton is a cultural anthropologist whose research resides at the intersection of memory studies, urban studies, and the comparative study of empires and imperialism. He leads the research group “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Prior to his current position, he held research and teaching fellowships at the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe at the University of Rijeka, the CETREN Transregional Research Network at Georg August University of ttingen, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and New York University’s Religious Studies Program. In late 2021 or early 2022, he will inaugurate the research group REVENANT—Revivals of Empire: Nostalgia, Amnesia, Tribulation at the University of Rijeka, with support from a European Research Council consolidator grant. Dr. Walton’s first monograph, Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey (Oxford UP, 2017), is an ethnography of Muslim NGOs, state institutions, and secularism in contemporary Turkey. He is also the co-editor of several volumes, including Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency (U of Chicago P, 2010) and Art and Politics in the Modern Period (U of Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2019).

Jessica K. Young

New College Florida | Literary Studies

Jessica K. Young is an Assistant Professor of Global English at New College of Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, where she founded the Future of Trauma and Memory Studies reading group and co-edited, with Michael Rothberg, Days and Memory, the blog of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. In 2018, she was a Visiting Graduate Researcher at University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has been published in Memory Unbound: Tracing the Dynamics of Memory Studies.

Magdalena Zolkos

Australian Catholic University & Goethe University Frankfurt | Political Science

Magdalena Zolkos — Ph.D., Humboldt Research Fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt at Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform, and formerly Senior Lecturer at Australian Catholic University at the Institute for Social Justice. Her expertise include psychoanalysis, trauma theory, affect theory, witnessing, and testimony. She is the author of Restitution and the Politics of Repair: Tropes, Imaginaries, Theory (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) and Reconciling Community and Subjective Life: Trauma Testimony as Political Theorizing in the Work of Jean Améry and Imre Kértesz (Bloomsbury, 2010).

Past Event:

Roundtable Marcos, Franco, Lenin: Necropolitical Dissonances

January 29, 6pm CET

Discussant: Antonius C. G. M. Robben, Utrecht University

Co-organized by Las Políticas de la Memoria and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) as part of dMSA, the Memory Studies Association’s online event series.

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Jocelyn Martin, Ateneo de Manila University

Marcos: from Dictator to Hero

Jocelyn Martin is Assistant Professor in the English Department of the Ateneo de Manila University, where she specialises in Memory and Trauma Studies, She is also Managing Editor of Thomson-Reuter and Scopus-indexed journal, Kritika Kultura. Trained in European universities, she finished an AB in “langues et linguistiques” (ULB; University of Westminster); an MA in European Journalism (Ircom) and a PhD in “langues et littératures” (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
Aside from serving in the Advisory Board of the Memory Studies Association, she is also Founding Member of a research network within the Council for European Studies (Columbia University) and of the Perpetrator Studies Network (Utrecht University). Early 2020, she was invited as Zumkehr Lecturer sponsored by the University of Ohio and since October 2020, she is part of the Editorial Board of “Mobilizing Memories” book series at Brill. Her current projects include publications for Bloomsbury, Berghahn, Routledge, and Brill. Raised in the Philippines and Europe, with an experience in financial PR in Merrill Lynch France, she publishes in English and French; speaks Filipino and Italian; reads Spanish; and posseses some German and Chinese.

Francisco Ferrándiz, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Franco, exhumed in disgrace: from Caudillo to War Criminal

Francisco Ferrándiz is a Tenured Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain. He has a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from UC Berkeley (1996). His research focuses on the anthropology of the body, violence and social memory. Since 2002, he has conducted research on the politics of memory in contemporary Spain, analyzing the exhumations of mass graves from the Civil War (1936‒1939). He is presently Principal Investigator (PI) of the research project The Politics of Memory Exhumations in Contemporary Spain, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science. His main books on this topic are “El pasado bajo tierra: Exhumaciones contemporáneas de la Guerra Civil” (Anthropos 2014), and, as edited volumes, “Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights” (University of Pennsylvania Press 2015, with Antonius C.G.M Robben) and “Memory Worlds: Reframing Time and the Past” (special issue Memory Studies, 2020, with M Hristova and J Vollmeyer). He is currently a member of MSA’s Executive Committee.

Alexei Yurchak, University of California at Berkeley

Laboratory of the Future: Lenin’s body between biochemistry and art

He received his Ph.D. in cultural and linguistic anthropology from Duke University in 1997 (after having received a graduate degree in physics from Russia). His interests and areas of expertise include Soviet history and the processes of post-socialist transformation in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; political institutions and ideologies in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia; political philosophy and language philosophy; the interface between language/discourse and power; comparative studies of communism and capitalism anthropology of media; visual anthropology; experimental artistic scenes (especially, Russia and US); urban geography and anthropology of space. He is both an Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology as well as a Core Faculty member in the graduate program at the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley.

Antonius C. G. M. Robben, Utrecht University

He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Utrecht University. He was appointed as full professor in 1993 and retired in 2020. He was a member of the Michigan Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1986-1989), past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology (1994-1999), and a research fellow at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (2004). He has also been the director of the Iraq Research Project (2006-2010). A recipient of several National Science Foundation, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research grants, he has conducted years of fieldwork in northeast Brazil on pluriform fishing economies and in Argentina on political violence and sociocultural trauma. At present, he is conducting research on the wartime destruction and postwar reconstruction of the port city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Past Event:

Memory Dynamics in Times of Crisis: A Virtual Conversation with Sarah Gensburger
Dec 8, 5pm CET

Co-organized by Ghent University’s Cultural Memory Studies Initiative and the Newcastle University Centre for Heritage as part of dMSA, the Memory Studies Association’s online event series.

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Working at the intersection of political science, ethnographic sociology, and contemporary historiography, Dr Sarah Gensburger specializes in the social dynamic of memory. Since 2015, she has been working on memorialization in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, as well as on the social appropriations of the past by visitors at memorials and commemorative sites and exhibitions. In this conversation, facilitated by Prof. Stef Craps and Dr Catherine Gilbert, Dr Gensburger will discuss her 2019 French Voices Award-winning book Memory on my Doorstep: Chronicles of the Bataclan Neighborhood (Paris 2015-2016), which traces the evolving memorialization processes following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris and their impact on the local landscape. She will also discuss her new project Vitrines en confinement – Vetrine in quarentena (Windows in Lockdown), which documents public responses to the current coronavirus pandemic from different sites across Europe through the creation of a photographic archive of public space. The conversation will highlight issues around the immediacy of contemporary memorialization practices, the ways in which people engage with their local space during times of crisis, and how we are all actively involved in preserving memory for the future.

Note that you need to sign up for a (free) Zoom account, if you don’t have one already, to be able to enter the meeting. Please join a few minutes early so that we can start promptly at 5 p.m.

Sarah Gensburger, CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research)

Sarah Gensburger is a political scientist at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) in Paris. Among her latest publications are Memory on My Doorstep: Chronicles of the Bataclan Neighborhood, Paris 2015-2016 (2019) and Beyond Memory: Can We Really Learn from the Past (2020), originally published in French as À quoi servent les politiques de mémoire? (2017), which she co-authored with Sandrine Lefranc.

Stef Craps, Ghent University

Stef Craps is a professor of English literature at Ghent University, where he directs the Cultural Memory Studies Initiative, a research group that brings together scholars from across the humanities who work on issues of memory and trauma as mediated through culture. His recent publications include the New Critical Idiom volume Trauma (2020), co-authored with Lucy Bond, and a guest-edited special issue of American Imago on Ecological Grief (2020).

Catherine Gilbert, Newcastle University

Catherine Gilbert is an academic track (NUAcT) fellow at Newcastle University, UK. Her current research project focuses on genocide commemoration in the Rwandan diaspora. She is the author of From Surviving to Living: Voice, Trauma and Witness in Rwandan Women’s Writing (2018), which received the Memory Studies Association Outstanding First Book Award in 2019. She recently co-edited, with Kate McLoughlin and Niall Munro, the volume On Commemoration: Global Reflections upon Remembering War (2020).

Past Event:

Roundtable Monuments and Memory Politics
Nov 18, 6pm CET
organized and hosted by Hanna Teichler

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Ann Rigney, University of Utrecht

Objects of Contention: Why Monuments Matter

Of all the cultural carriers of memory, monuments seem to be particularly powerful vectors of debate. This brief presentation will try to explain why. It will use both historical and contemporary examples to show how monuments do matter, precisely at the point when they are being moved around, broken up, and vandalized.

Vjeran Pavlaković, University of Rijeka

Vukovar’s Contested Memoryscape and the Possibilities of Pluralistic Remembrance

In Croatia’s cultural memory of the 1990s war in Yugoslavia, the town of Vukovar represents the central figure of victimization, which has been reinforced through the construction of an elaborate memoryscape and annual commemorations. As part of the dominant narrative of Croatian victimhood and Serbian aggression, the official monuments, museums, and other memorial sites are all dedicated to Croat soldiers and civilians killed in 1991. Even though Vukovar is no longer as multi-ethnic as it once used to be, the last decade has seen numerous struggles over symbols in public space, from the use of Cyrillic script to recognizing the civilian victims of the “Other,” Serb side. This summer the Croatian government made important steps in including Serb civilian victims in commemorations dedicated to the end of the war, but Vukovar remains a sensitive, exclusive site of memory. This presentation raises the issue of pluralistic remembrance in a town designated in its entirety as “site of special reverence”, with a special focus on its monumental heritage.

Wandile Kasibe, Iziko Museums of South Africa

Critical Perspective on Colonial Memorials, Statues and Tainted Collections in Museums as Signifiers of Crimes Committed Against Humanity

This brief contribution will take a critical perspective on colonial memorials, statues and tainted collections in museums as signifiers of crimes against humanity, thus requiring a highest degree of decolonial investigation.  As a point of departure, I will use the Rhodes Must Fall Movement (RMF) which began at the University of Cape Town in 2015, when Chumani Maxwele threw human excrement at the Statue of Cecil John Rhodes as an institutional critique against colonial continuities and perpetuation of perceived white supremacy.

Jalane Schmidt, University of Virginia

"Faithful Negroes" and Rebel Slaves in State Memorialization: Southern U.S. and Revolutionary Cuban Case Studies

Former slave societies wrestle with how to memorialize slavery in their public landscapes. In the Southern United States, the descendants of white slaveholders erected Confederate monuments that promoted their “Lost Cause” version of history, which erased the brutality of slavery and its role in instigating the Civil War. In contemporary Cuba, government cultural programming often presents the history of enslaved communities as a precursor to the current revolutionary era. This presentation compares two twentieth-century cases of the memorialization of slave rebellions. Early 20th century white civic leaders in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, installed a monument to a “faithful negro” who (they alleged) had been killed for his refusal to participate in an attempted 1859 slave revolt raid. The Cuban Ministry of Culture, with funding from UNESCO, in 1997 erected a monument to “El Cimarron” (runaway slave) in El Cobre, and sponsors events there on the anniversary of a local slave uprising. These monuments reveal as much about those who erected and maintain them as about the enslaved subjects they ostensibly remember.