Conference: Migration, Memory, and Place – University of Copenhagen

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Migration, Memory, and Place

5 – 7 December 2012

Conference organized by Danish Network for Cultural Memory Studies & Network for Migration and Culture

University of Copenhagen (5-6 December)

Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj (7 December)


Thanks for a great conference! Papers can be downloaded from the following website: http://memory.au.dk/migration-memory-and-place/papers/

 

How can artistic and cultural representations of memory, migration and migrant experiences provide fruitful points of departure for the development of new theoretical concepts of place and belonging? How can we map and understand the complex transformations of places and memories through cultural migrations?

The increasingly complex relationship between the local and the global, ‘the near' and ‘the far away', has emerged as one of the defining characteristics of contemporary societies. With globalization's increased mobility of people and speed of information exchange, and the cultural encounters resulting from it, traditional essentializing and stabilizing definitions of terms such as 'home', 'belonging', 'place', 'identity' and ‘memory' have long become problematic and more adequate understandings of these conceptions are much sought after.

This conference centers on the recognition that place and space are of fundamental importance to all questions of migration, and that cultural migrations may involve a fundamental transformation of the experience of spaces and places and their close links to the social and cultural meanings of home, belonging and memory. Through the movement of people, cities, homes, landscapes and other localities become re-configured and reinterpreted through migrants' stories, photographs, music, artwork, films and websites. Most urban spaces, for instance, are already described as inseparably diasporic, migratory spaces. At the same time, places are palimpsests that hold many layers of memory whose significance is negotiated in contemporary cultural life.

The conference gathers considerations of how artistic and cultural representations of memory, migration and migrant experiences (in literature, cinema, theatre, media, the visual arts and other areas of culture and cultural practices) provide fruitful points of departure for the development of new theoretical concepts of place and belonging, and, vice versa, how multiple approaches to the perspective of place and memory can enrich the study of cultural migration.

Keynotes

Edward S. Casey, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook
Andreas Huyssen, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor of Cultural Studies and Media & Communications, University of Melbourne
Alistair Thomson, Professor of History, Monash University
Sigrid Weigel, Professor of Comparative Literature, Technische Universität, and Center for Literature and Cultural Research, Berlin

 

Conference contacts

Sten Pultz Moslund, Post-doc, Dept of Literature, Culture and Media, University of Southern Denmark (pultz[at]litcul.sdu.dk)
Anne Ring Petersen, Associate Professor, Dept of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen (annering[at]hum.ku.dk)
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Associate Professsor, Dept of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University (memory[at]au.dk)