Moving Memories: Remembering Conflict, Protest & Social Unrest in Connected Times (London)

*Moving Memories. Remembering and Reviving Conflict, Protest and Social Unrest in Connected Times*

The one-day seminar explores the role memories play in contemporary political conflicts, protest movements and social unrest that have become increasingly conducted through connective and ubiquitous media. It assembles a rich array of scholarly work and participatory experiences with regard to the impact of past beliefs, tactics and bonds in current times of struggle and rebellion, in terms of remembering past and reviving novel conflicts. It does so with a special focus on the production and circulation of memories for protest via digital technologies, new media and art. The day will end with a round-table discussion and book launch entitled ‘Art Activism in Post-Dictatorship Argentina’

Organized by: Jordana Blejmar (IMLR/University of Liverpool), Andrea Hajek (University of Glasgow), Christine Lohmeier (University of Munich) & Christian Pentzold (Technische Universität Chemnitz/Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin). Sponsored by: The Institute for Modern Languages Research (IMLR), the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), University of London, and the Unit for Global Justice Funds, Goldsmiths
Date: 27 November 2014, 10:00 – 17:00
Place: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Room 243,
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Free and open to all but to attend the seminar please register with Christine Lohmeier.

The full programme and information about the talks and speakers can be accessed from here.

Welcome and Introduction: Katia Pizzi (IMLR/Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory)

Andrea Hajek, Christine Lohmeier and Christian Pentzold – Movements, media and memory: Building blocks of a moving relation

Keynote lecture: Joanne Garde-Hansen (University of Warwick) – Iconomy and Memory: on remembering as digital, civic and corporate currency in Brazil and the UK in a time of social protest

Panel 1: Memory and Activism in Southern Europe
Andrea Hajek (University of Glasgow) – The witches are back! Mediating memories of second-wave feminism in contemporary Italy
Ruth Sanz Sabido (Canterbury Christ Church University) – Selective memories: Memory and anti- austerity protests in Spain
Respondent: Bart Cammaerts (LSE)

Panel 2: Memory and Mobilization in Eastern Europe
Félix Krawatzek (Nuffield College, University of Oxford) – Restaging Russia’s controversial past: memory in political youth mobilization
Rolf Fredheim (Girton College, University of Cambridge) – August 1991 and the memory of communism in Russia
Respondent: Terhi Rantanen (LSE)

Closing round
Pollyanna Ruiz (University of Sussex) – Technology, activism and the dynamics of intergenerational memory
Respondent: Marianne Franklin (Goldsmiths)

Roundtable and book launch – Vikki Bell’s The Art of Post-dictatorship: Ethics and Aesthetics in Transitional Argentina (Routledge, 2014)
Chair: Jordana Blejmar

Vikki Bell (Goldsmiths, University of London) – Post-dictatorship, before memory: Ethics & in/aesthetics
Graciela Sacco (Visual Artist) – Admissible tension
Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra (University of Cambridge) – Nudities: León Ferrari’s political bodies and/in intimate exposure
Claudia Fontes (Visual Artist) – Citizens, tourists and idiots

A wine reception will conclude the day.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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