Moving Memories – CISI Postgraduate Symposium, 6th September 2019

Organised by Karunika Kardak (Department of Spanish) & Eleanor Crabtree (Department of Italian)

Recent writing takes a view of memory as inherently trans-national, constituted by its relations with other times and spaces (Rothberg, Landsberg, Hirsch, Rigney). This encourages us to think of memories as moving or ‘travelling’ (Erll) – a perspective that seems to coincide with the view of dancer and philosopher Erin Manning that ‘thinking through movement can alter the force of thought’ (Relationscapes, 3).

The Moving Memories symposium provides an opportunity to discuss how the lens of movement can be used to explore the implications of a relational view of memory for how we think about local and global spaces. The discussion will be guided by the following questions:

• How do memories change when they move within and across national borders?
• Why and how do we narrate memory movement?
• What happens when memories depart their point of origin to inhabit new spaces? How has this movement of memory evolved over time?
• If memories are in movement, what does this mean for how we think about bordered spaces and nationhood?
• Are there any ways in which it is still useful to think of memory according to the framework of nation-states?
• What frameworks are there for thinking about collective memory other than the nation-state? Embodied memory, moving memory, relational memory, multidirectional memory…

Event programme

10.00 – 10.15 Introductions

10.15 – 11.00
➢ Darya Tsymbalyuk (Modern Languages and IR), ‘The sun rises differently in Kyiv:
Mental mapping and memories of the displaced’

11.00 – 12.30 PGR Panel chaired by Prof Catherine O’Leary (Spanish)
➢ Sohni Chakrabarti (English): ‘Belonging elsewhere: A transcultural feminist nostalgia
for the home’
➢ Kathryn Jean Fredricks (Social Anthropology): ‘“When something is beautiful you
say it is Italian”: Shifting memories of Italy-in-Eritrea within Rome’s Eritrean
diaspora’
➢ Rebecca Walker (Italian): ‘Global Naples: Writing the Twentieth Century in Elena
Ferrante’

13.30 – 14.30 Keynote Lecture
➢ Dr Sarah Arens, ‘Moving Memories: Representation and Postcolonial Brussels’

15.00 – 16.00
➢ Phoebe Boswell, ‘The Matter of Memory: Contesting claims of belonging and identity
through an experimental act of re-membering and traducture’

16.00 – 16.30 Roundtable discussion

16.30 – 17.30 Drinks Reception

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