Novelists and the Work of Memory

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It is a widely accepted fact that cultural productions in general, and literary fiction in particular give voice to and act as enabling forces of memory. This roundtable event offers its audience the unique opportunity to engage with authors with multiple cultural backgrounds, and explore the role that memory and memory work plays in their oeuvre. Chinese-British author Xiaolu Guo and Filipino-American author Randy Ribay will reflect on their role as writers and agents of remembering, and how they actively shape memory discourses. Moreover, both authors will give us a taste of their work as they will share reading samples with us.


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Hanna Teichler is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of English and American Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt. She 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. Her first monograph Carnivalizing Reconciliation came out with Berghahn in 2021. Hanna is the co-editor (with Dr. Rebekah Vince) of the book series Mobilizing Memories and of the Handbook Series in Memory Studies (both Brill). She co-directs (with Astrid Erll) the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform

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Women and Gendered Violence

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This round table looks at the question of women and gender violence in broad perspective. The issue of the

 


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Conversation with Sergei Loznitsa

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Online screening of Maidan (2014) will take place from Tuesday July 5th, 9.00 CEST/UTC+2, to Wednesday July 6th, 9.00 CEST/UTC+2. Further details forthcoming.

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Sergei Loznitsa

Sergei Loznitsa was born on September 5th 1964. He grew up in Kiev (Ukraine), and in 1987 graduated from the Kiev Polytechnic with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In 1987-1991 Sergei worked as a scientist at the Kiev Institute of Cybernetics, specializing in artificial intelligence research.

In 1997 Loznitsa graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow, where he studied feature filmmaking.

Sergei Loznitsa has been making films since 1996, and by now he has directed 25 award-winning documentaries and 4 fiction films.

Loznitsa’s feature debut “MY JOY” (2010) premiered in the main competition at the Festival de Cannes, and was followed by the feature film “IN THE FOG” (2012), which was awarded FIPRESCI prize at the 65th Festival de Cannes. In 2017, Sergei Loznitsa presented his third feature “A GENTLE CREATURE” in the competition of the Festival de Cannes. In 2018, Loznitsa received the prize for Best Directing of the Un Certain Regard section of Festival de Cannes for his fourth feature film, “DONBASS”.

In 2013 Sergei Loznitsa founded a film production company ATOMS & VOID. 

Sergei Loznitsa’s feature-length documenatry “MAIDAN” (2014), the chronicles of the Ukrainian revolution, had its world premiere at a Séance Special of Festival de Cannes. His subsequent feature length documentaries, “THE EVENT” (2015), “AUSTERLITZ” (2016), “THE TRIAL” (2018) and “STATE FUNERAL” (2019) were presented at the Special Screenings of the Venice Film Festival. In 2021 Sergei received a Special Jury Prize of the L’Oeil D’Or Award in Cannes for his film “BABI YAR. CONTEXT”.

Sergei Loznitsa continues to work on both documentary and fiction projects.

Itineraries of Memory Studies: Reflections on Methodological Innovation

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This round-table will aim to generate a discussion around the methodological innovations and interventions in memory studies, especially addressing but not limited to the rich range of itineraries and iterations constantly entangling and enriching the complex discipline. Of special interest in this panel is how methods of reading, research, and interpretation - through textual analysis and semiotic study - may be integrated with discursive, historical, and ethnographic examinations. By doing so, the round table with its panelists will hope to offer a dialogic forum where the theory and praxis of memory studies as a discipline and an activity may be robustly redefined through its extant frameworks as well as extended through newer and innovative interventions.


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Confronting the Climate Crisis from Below: Memory and Politics at the Frontlines

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For the last two decades or so, the climate justice movement born out of the struggles of frontline communities (the urban and rural poor, the working class, women, people of color and Indigenous communities, migrants and refugees, etc.) has challenged mainstream climate actions, and more lately, the discourse of the Anthropocene – both of which tend to presuppose a rather monolithic conception of 'humanity', often erase the conflicts and contradictions inherent in it, and shy away from tackling the deeper roots of the climate crisis. These communities have long experienced and resisted the ecological degradation and associated class/racial/ethnic/gender inequalities and injustices – driven by exploitative and extractive political economies. The aim of this session is to explore how collective memories of such experiences and the underlying socio-ecological imaginaries have been constructed, reconfigured, and enacted; what roles they have played in the ways frontline communities confront the ongoing climate crisis; and how their mnemonics have reshaped the contours of climate politics more broadly. We hope that the session will not only help broaden the scope of memory studies, but also contribute to further deepening critical, transnational, and decolonial perspectives on the climate crisis.


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More information about the events on the 11th and 12th July can be found here. They have been organised by the Working Groups, Regional Groups, and National Networks affiliated with the MSA.

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