Reading Group

CIMS Reading Group

The CIMS Reading Group aims to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion about the importance of cultural identity and memory in society. We will take as our starting point for the sessions some canonical texts, as well as more recent interventions, and will explore these works and their implications for cultural understanding and change.

Wednesday, 16 October, 4pm – 5:30pm (UCO: Room 36)

Our first meeting this semester focuses on the work of Ann Rigney on the Transnational Turn in Memory Studies.

Prof. Ann Rigney, who will deliver a CIMS public lecture on 31 October. Her new ERC-funded research project, (REACT), seeks to connect practices of memory to hope in the possibility of bringing about change.

• ‘Transforming Memory and the European Project’, New Literary History, Vol. 43, No. 4, A New Europe? (AUTUMN 2012), pp. 607-628, John Hopkins University.
• ‘Remembering Hope: Transnational activism beyond the traumatic’ in Memory Studies, 11:3 (2018), pp. 268-380.
• ‘Remembrance as remaking: memories of the nation revisited’, in Nations and Nationalism, 24 (2), 2018, ppm 240-257.

Ann Rigney – Remembering Hope Transnational activism beyond the traumatic

Transforming Memory and the European Project – Ann Rigney


Thursday, 14 November, 4pm – 5:30pm (UCO: Room 36)
Our second meeting considers Alison Landsberg’s work on Race, Memory and Film. Prof. Landsberg is a University of St Andrews Global Fellow in Semster 2.

• Landsberg, ‘Chapter 3. Remembering Slavery: Childhood, Desire, and the Interpellative Power of the Past’, in Prosthetic Memory. The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (New York: Columbia UP, 2004) pp. 81-110.
• Landsberg, ‘Horror vérité: politics and history in Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017)’, Continuum, 32 (5), 2018, pp. 629-642
• Landsberg, ‘Post-Postracial America. On Westworld and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’ in Cultural Politics, 14 (2), 2018, pp. 198-215.

Alison Landsberg, Chapter 3. Remembering Slavery, in Prosthetic Memory

Post Post-Racial America

Landsberg, Horror v rit politics and history in Jordan Peele s Get Out 2017

Tea and coffee are provided. All are welcome.

Convenor: Jorge Sarasola, Research Assistant, CIMS. Wolfson Doctoral Scholar, Dept of Spanish, School of Modern Languages.
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Catherine O’Leary, Dept of Spanish, School of Modern Languages.