|Where the first generation of memory scholars were concerned
with the ways in which stories and images about the collective
past were recorded, preserved, canonised -- in short,
‘stabilised’ – this symposium is concerned instead with the ways
in which memories can and do ‘move’: across media, across
generations, and across cultural, social and national borders.
It aims to develop a more dynamic approach to collective memory
emphasizing liquidity, mobility, travelling, mutability, and
directionality alongside the more familiar and static notions of
‘sites,’ ‘monumentality,’ ‘heritage.’
This two-day symposium marks the conclusion of the four-year
project 'The Dynamics of Cultural Remembrance: An Intermedial
Perspective', funded by NWO (Netherlands Organisation for
Scientific Research). It reviews the conceptual, methodological,
and historical issues brought into play in the dynamics of
collective memory. In particular it aims to conceptualize
further the intersection between, on the one hand, the
specifically cultural dynamics involved in the sharing and
shaping of memories and, on the other hand, the social and
political dynamics involved in the contestation and/or
acceptance of particular stories.
Key questions include: Does the evolution of public memory, and
its contestation, follow particular cultural and social
pathways? Which memories mobilize? How do narratives travel or
(as in the case of conflict) fail to travel between different
communities? How do memories travel between mnemonic communities
and which ones fail to do so (i.e. what are the limits of
prosthetic memory?) How have memory practices and ideas of
What are the implications of a more ‘fluid’ notion of memory for
discussions of identity?
Manon Meijer (secretariat)
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ALL INTERESTED ARE INVITED TO ATTEND! Given limited seating,
registration is necessary.
The symposium is part of a larger series of meetings on the
theme of Transnational Memories, organized within the framework
of the university research area Cultures and Identities.