2008 Program

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Conference Program

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Thursday, February 7, 2008 - Opening

8:00 – 8:15 pm - Opening remarks - William Hirst (NSSR, Psychology)
8:15 – 9:15 pm - Keynote Speaker: Dominick La Capra (Cornell University, Humanistic Studies)

Witnessing, Trauma, and the Sublime

Wolff Conference Room (Co-sponsored by The New Sociological Imagination Series of the Sociology Department, NSSR)
Opening reception, Wolff Conference Room

Friday, February 8, 2008 – Thematic Panels:  
9:00 – 10:45 am

Panel 1: Media & space
Wolff Conference Room

Moderator: Paul Goldberger (Parsons School of Design, Joseph Urban Professor of Design)

Chainmaking: a note on Ornament, Intelligence, and the New Signature Building / Robert Kirkbride (Parsons School of Design, Product Design)

Memories.ppt / Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer (Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature; Dartmouth, History)

The Space of Imagination / Barbie Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania, Communications)
Archiving Poetic Texts, Voices, Spaces: The Woodberry Poetry Room / Shannon Mattern (New School for General Studies, Media Studies)

The Mediatization of Memory / Andrew Hoskins (Warwick University, Sociology)

Panel 2: Silence
Machinist Conference Room

Moderator: Oz Frankel (New School for Social Research, History)

The Sounds of Silence / Ross Poole (New School for Social Research, Political Science/Philosophy)

Entangled Histories and Lost Memories: Questions about Jewish Survivors and Defeated Germans in Occupied Germany 1945-1949 / Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union, History)

Blank Spots in History: Deep Memory for the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in Russia / James V. Wertsch (Washington University, Anthropology)

The Future is History: Memory and Time in a Digital Age / Orit Halpern (New School for Social Research, History)

What’s Too Painful to Remember, We Simply Choose to Forget: Finding Comprehensive Truth in Literary Biography / Lisa Browar (New School for Social Research, Fogelman Library)

10:45 – 11:00 am - Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:45 pm

Panel 1: Media/Space
Wolff Conference Room
Moderator: Jonathan Veitch, Cultural Studies; Dean, Eugene Lang College

Magical Geography: The Fluxus of Memory in Atomic Space / Lindsey Freeman (New School for Social Research, Sociology)

Virtual Memory: The Blog as Technological Prosthetic / Carlo Scannella (New School for General Studies, Media Studies)

Grafeneck Today: Learning from the Past; Teaching for the Future / Susanne C. Knittel (Columbia University, Comparative Literature)
Representation, Re-performance, and Repetition: A Temporal Stutter in Performance Discourse / T. Nikki Cesare (NYU, Performance Studies)

The Depopulated Palestinian Villages and the Israeli collective memory – the case of the Jewish National Fund / Noga Kadman (Gotheburg University, Sweden, Peace and Development Studies)

Panel 2: Silence
Machinist Conference Room

Moderator: Terri Gordon (New School for General Studies, Comparative Literature)

Bodies of Evidence: Remains, Memory and the Law / Sonali Thakkar (Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature)

Inherited Guilt - The Confession of a Secret Agent’s Son in Peter Esterhazy’s "Corrected Version" / Aniko Szucs (NYU, Performance Studies)

A “Will to Happiness”: The Division Between ‘Memory’ and ‘Forgetting’ and the Understanding of Modern Subjectivity / Fiona Stewart (York University, Division of Humanities) 

Forgetting the dead: British protestant cemeteries in Alexandria, Egypt 1952-1972 / Shane E. Minkin (NYU, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and History)

Toward a typology of memories of conflicts / Georgios Antoniou (Yale University, McMillan Centre)

12:45 – 2:00 pm – Lunch Break

1:00- 2:00 - Dina Zempsky, Senior Coordinator at StoryCorps, will give a brief overview of the history and mission of StoryCorps, Wolff Conference Room

2:00 – 3:45 pm

Panel 1: Power and Truth
Wolff Conference Room

Moderator: Dominick LaCapra (Cornell University, Humanistic Studies)

The Defense of the Nation: The 9/11 Commission Report as “History” / Robin Wagner-Pacifici (Swarthmore College, Sociology)

Against Memory: The Micropolitics of Forgetting as a Creative Act / Jeffrey Goldfarb (New School for Social Research, Sociology)

Historical Memory and Transitional Justice: Two Fields or One? / Louis Bickford (International Center for Transitional Justice/NYU, Political Science)

Why Truth Still Matters - Historical Clarification, Impunity and Justice in Contemporary Guatemala / Victoria Sanford (CUNY, Anthropology)

Memory, Consumerism and Kitsch / Marita Sturken (NYU, Media, Culture & Communication)

Panel 2: Identity
Machinist Conference Room

Moderator: Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature)

The Social Organization of Ancestry and Descent: A Case-Study in the Sociology of Memory / Eviatar Zerubavel (Rutgers University, Sociology)

Self in Time: Emergence within a Community of Minds / Katherine Nelson (CUNY, Psychology)

Memory, Empathy and the Politics of Identification / Alison Landsberg (George Mason University, Film and History)

Remembering and reminiscing: How individual lives are constructed in family narratives / Robin Fivush (Emory University, Psychology)

3:45 – 4:00 pm – Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:45 pm

Panel 1: Power and Truth
Wolff Conference Room

Moderator: Noah Isenberg (Eugene Lang College, Literature)

Stalinism, Historiography and Memory. Russia’s dealing with the past / Christian Volk (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Are Museums Sites of Memory? / Lorena Rivera-Orraca (New School for Social Research, Sociology)
Immigration Museums between Memory and Forgetfulness / Tamar Blickstein (Columbia University, Comparative Literature)

Afterlives of Anti-colonialism: A Model of (Post) historical Memory / Jennifer Wenzel (University of Michigan, English Language and Literature)

“Who Are We" Undisciplined Memories, Disputed Identities in the Eastern Black Sea Villages of Trabzon, Turkey / Nikolaos Michailidis (Princeton University)

Panel 2: Identity
Machinist Conference Room

Moderator: Vera Zolberg (New School for Social Research, Sociology)

Sebald’s Austerlitz: Identity Lost and Found, Photographs Read and Misread / Lauren Walsh (Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature)

Memory, History, and Religion: The Battle of Kosovo / Eli Krasniqi, (New School for Social Research, Sociology)

Haunted by the Past: A Conceptual Understanding of the Politics of Memory. Based on Postwar Italy and Slovenia / Peter J. Verovsek (Yale University, Political Science)

A Critical Analysis of Post-Unification German Film / Juliane Edler (York University, Political Science)

The Holy Jester: Martyrdom and Politics in Mexico / Marisol Lopez-Menendez (New School for Social Research, Sociology)

5:45 – 6:00 pm – Break

6:00 – 7:45 pm

Panel 1: Trauma
Wolff Conference Room

Moderator: Richard McNally (Harvard University, Psychology)

How Memory for Stressful Events affects Identity / David Rubin (Duke University, Psychology & Neuroscience)

Against the Concept of Cultural Trauma or How I Learned to Love the Suffering of Others without the Help of Psychotherapy / Wulf Kansteiner (SUNY Binghamton, History)

Shattering Silence: Traumatic Memory and Reenactment in Rithy Panh's "S21: The Kymer Rouge Killing Machine" / Deirdre Boyle (New School for General Studies, Media Studies)

Working with Traumatic Memories in Psychotherapy / Michael E. Kramer (Manhattan Campus - NY VA Harbor Healthcare System, Psychology)

Dance and the Memory of Trauma / Carol Bernstein (Bryn Mawr College, English and Comparative Literature)

Panel 2: Trauma
Machinist Conference Room

Moderator: Elzbieta Matynia (The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies and New School for Social Research, Sociology)

A Procession of Shadows: Autobiography and Traumatic Memory / Mark Celinscak (York University, Division of Humanities)

A Public Privacy: Japanese Atomic-Bomb Survivor Paintings as Illustrated Diaries, and the Problems of Intention in Survivor Art / Maggie Mustard (Brown University)

Photography in the Mode of the Allegorical: Notes on Joel Meyerowitz at Ground Zero / Zachary Hooker (Columbia University, Anthropology)

Living in History: When (and Why) Historical Events Affect the Organization of Autobiographical Memory / Norman R. Brown (University of Alberta) , Tia Hansen (Aalborg University), Peter J. Lee (University of Alberta), Mirna Krslak (University of Alberta), Fredrick G. Conrad (University of Michigan), & Jelena Havelka (University of Kent)

The Economy of Commemoration. A Reading of the New Historical Museum in Yad-VaShem / Yael Dekel (NYU, Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature)

Panel 3: Theory
Room 211
Moderator: Sarah Daynes, (New School for Social Research, Sociology)

Collective Forgetting: Reflections on a Residual Expression / Ben Herzog (Yale University, Sociology)

Why is memory such a sexy notion for anthropologists? / David Berliner (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Cultural Anthropology)

Memory’s Reconciliation with Reality / Uri Jacob Matatyaou (Northwestern University, Political Science)

Memory and International Relations: In Search for a New Research Agenda / Maria Mälksoo (University of Cambridge, and International Centre for Defence Studies, Estonia, International Studies)

The Expelled: Cultural Memory and the Constitution of the Human World / Thomas M. Krell (New School for Social Research, Philosophy)

Memory-truths in Politics: towards an Interactive Theory of Collective Memory / Onur Bakiner (Yale University, Political Science)

7:40 – 7:45 pm – Break

7:45 – 8:45 pm - Keynote Speaker: Richard McNally (Harvard, Psychology)
Wolff Conference Room

Resolving the Recovered Memory Debate

8:45 – 9:30 Reception
Wolff Conference Room

Day 3 (Saturday, February 9, 2008) - Is an interdisciplinary field of memory possible?

9:00 – 10:35 am

Panel: The Individual
Wolff Conference Room
Discussant: William Hirst (NSSR, Psychology)

Forgetting Trauma: Applying Socially-Shared Retrieval-Induced Forgetting to the Study of Memory and Trauma / Adam Brown (NSSR, Clinical Psychology)

Forgetting the unforgettable through conversations / Alin Coman (NSSR, Experimental Psychology)

This Land is Our Land: Property as a Symbol of Group Identity / Alison Ledgerwood (NYU, Social Psychology)

The formation of a memory trace in the brain / Bernhard Staresina (NYU, Cognition and Perception)

Memory, Magical Ideation, and Absorption in Individuals Reporting Past Life Memory Experiences / Cynthia A. Meyersburg (Harvard University), David Gallo (University of Chicago), & Richard J. McNally (Harvard University)

10:20 – 10:30 am – Coffee break

10:40 – 12:15 pm

Panel: The Collective
Wolff Conference Room

Discussant: Jeffery Olick (University of Virginia, Sociology)

Above and Under: Articulating Feeling and Verbalizing Sense at the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin / Irit Dekel (NSSR, Sociology)

Construction of the Soviet past and Definition of the Nation in History Books of Post-Soviet Latvia / Maija Andersone (NSSR, Sociology)

Between Memories of Past and Present: The Time and Space of Social Change / Yifat Gutman (NSSR, Sociology)

Memory for the Future: Moral Education at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum / Amy Sodaro (NSSR, Sociology) 

12:15 – 1:00 pm – Lunch Break

12:15 – 1:00 pm - Artist Talk moderated by Robert Kirkbride (Parsons, Product design)

1:00 – 2:35 pm

Panel: The In-Between
Wolff Conference Room

Discussant: Ross Poole (New School for Social Research, Philosophy/Political Science)

Phenomenology and Collective Memory / Rafael Narvaez (NSSR, Sociology)   
Fetishism and the  Memory of the Holocaust in Israeli History / Hadas Cohen (NSSR, Political Science)

Memory’s Irreverent Stain – Family, Nation and Blood in the writing of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha / Sandra Jae Song, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta

Beyond Remembrance and Forgetfulness, Between Self and Other / Roy Ben-Shai (NSSR, Philosophy)

2:35 – 2:40 pm – Break

2:40 – 3:10 pm - Andrew Hoskins, Editor of Memory Studies, talks about the new interdisciplinary journal by Sage, Wolff Conference Room

3:15- 5:00 pm

Concluding panel: Synthesis
Wolff Conference Room

Moderator: Daniel Levy (SUNY Stony Brook, Sociology)

Jeffery Olick (University of Virginia, Sociology and History)
William Hirst (NSSR, Psychology)
Barbie Zelizer (University of Pennsylvania, Communications)
Robin Wagner Pacifici (Swarthmore College, Sociology)

Ann-Louise Shapiro (NSGS, History)
Eviatar Zerubavel (Rutgers University, Sociology)

5-6 pm Closing Reception
Wolff Conference Room

To download all conference abstracts, click here.

To view 2008 exhibit information, click here.

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