Honorary Doctorate for Ann Rigney

  • 15 September, 2017

‘Homer’ – A History of Relational Memory: Seminar with Astrid Erll

  • November 27, 2017; 17.15-19.00; KNG 80, Room 006, Utrecht University

Transnational Memory in the Balkans: Seminar with Stijn Vervaet

  • December 4, 2017; 16.30-18.30; Janskerkhof 13, Room 006, Utrecht University

2017 Mnemonics Summer School

2017 Mnemonics Summer School
  • September 7-9, 2017, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Keynote speakers: Aleida Assmann (University of Konstanz), Andreas Huyssen (Columbia University, New York) and Anna Reading (King’s College London).

This year’s Mnemonics summer school addresses the ‘social life of memory’. Memory studies is based on the premise that memories emerge (as Maurice Halbwachs argued) within ‘social frameworks’. But this is just the first stage of memory’s social dynamics. Those memories which have an impact in culture don’t just stand still, but lead a vibrant ‘social life’: They are mediated and remediated, emphatically welcomed and harshly criticized, handed on across generations, they travel across space, become connected with other memories or turn into a paradigm for further experience. Conversely, books about the past that are not sold and read, oral stories that are not passed on to grandchildren, history films that are not screened and reviewed, monuments that nobody visits, public apologies that do not engender heated debates – all these will fail to have an effect in memory culture. Memory ‘lives’ only insofar as it is continually shared among people, moves from minds and bodies to media and back again, is performed, remediated, translated, received, discussed and negotiated.

For more information and the Summer School Program click here