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‘Competing Memories’ addresses the politics of heritage and memory, identity and occupation, European political integration and citizenship as well as the theoretical implications of totalitarianism, terror, trauma, genocide and mass violence.

Detail Summary
Start date 28 October 2013
End date 1 November 2013
Time 09:00

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam, and the Faculty of Arts of the VU University of Amsterdam jointly organise the 4-day international conference 'Competing Memories' in the Netherlands.

Common cultural heritage and collective memory

Since 1945 European political integration was based on the assumption of a common cultural heritage and memory of the Holocaust. Yet, does such a mutual heritage and collective memory really exist?

This interdisciplinary conference critically analyzes how to present competing memories and narratives museums, media, landscapes, urban environments. In addition to the EU’s geopolitical dynamics and clashes of memory about the Holocaust and other terrorscapes, the conference will broaden its focus to relate both the origins and afterlives of Europe’s ‘Age of Extremes’, to the cultural and postcolonial turns (in/against Holocaust studies), Dutch slavery/Indonesia debate, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Near East Spring revolutions.

 ‘Competing Memories’ addresses the politics of heritage and memory, identity and occupation, European political integration and citizenship as well as the theoretical implications of totalitarianism, terror, trauma, genocide and mass violence. The conference seeks to explore, from a range of comparative approaches and methodologies, how the space-times of memory in Europe and beyond are interpreted, (re)presented, collectively remembered, instrumentalised, or silenced and forgotten. By crossing academic, artistic and professional boundaries, the conference contributes to a better understanding of the extent to which ‘memory discourses’ operate as vehicles of local, national and transnational identity politics.

Programme

Keynote

  • Prof. Marianne Hirsch & Prof. Leo Spitzer, Columbia University & Darthmouth College
  • Prof. Patrizia Violi, Bologna University
  • Dr Wendy Pullan, Cambridge University
  • Prof. Sarah Farmer, UC Irvine
  • Prof. Ellen Rutten, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. Georgi Verbeeck, Maastricht University & University of Leuven
  • Prof. Yfaat Weiss, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Prof. Rob van der Laarse, UvA & VU University Amsterdam
  • Yoram Haimi & Wojciech Mazurek, Yad Vashem Negev & Sub Terra Badania Archeologiczne
  • Dr Henrik Skov Kristensen, The National Museum of Denmark

Artists Exhibitions

  •  Enduring Srebrenica (Claudia Heinermann)
  • Museutopia (Ilya Rabinovich)
  • Capturing Urban Conflicts: Conflict in Cities and the Contested States (Center for Urban Conflict Research)
  • And Europe Will Be Stunned (Yael Bartana)

Special Evening Programme 

Artists’ Panel & Students’ Debate: Appropriation and Competing Narratives - 30 October 2013 / 20.00-21.30. University Theatre, UvA (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16-18. 1012 CP Amsterdam)

Locations

 29 -31 October 2013:  Keizersgracht 566, 1017 EM Amsterdam

1  November 2013: Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork, Oosthalen 8, 9414 TG Hooghalen 

More information

Conference website: http://competingmemories.tumblr.com/

For more information please contact the organizers (Dr. Ihab Saloul & Prof. Rob van der Laarse) at competingmemories@gmail.com