March 24-26, 2011
The Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Memory Conference
The New School for Social Research, New York City
Thursday, March 24
Theresa Lang Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Conference Opening Remarks, Vera Zolberg (Sociology, The New School for Social Research)
U.S. Silences, Accountability, and Public Memory
● "Where are We? Locating Ourselves in the Documentary Record"
Larry Siems (PEN American Center)
● "Admit No Evil: The Obama Presidency and the Sedimenting of Immunity"
Jeremy Varon (History, The New School)
● "The Knowns and
The Unknowns: Truth, Denial, and Acknowledgment of U.S. Responsibility for
Human Rights Abuses"
Carolyn Patty Blum (Center for Justice and Accountability / Clinical Professor
of Law Emeritus, UC Berkeley School of Law)
Bix Gabriel (International Coalition of Sites of Conscience)
Daniell (Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York)
and the Shadows of the Cold War in Discourses of a European Memory"
Benoit Challand (Politics, The New School for
● "Dark Past
Visible and Dark Past Invisible—the Memory of the Uncomfortable Past in
Post-Jedwabne Poland, 2002-2010"
Joanna Michlic (Hadassah-Brandeis
Institute, Brandeis University)
Relationships to the Past: A European Ethics of Memory"
Benjamin Nienass (Politics,The New School for Social Research)
● "1989 as
Collective Memory 'Refolution': East-Central Europe Confronts Memorial Silences"
Susan Pearce ( Sociology, East
Moderator: Ross Poole
(Philosophy and Politics, The New School for Social Research)
Film Screening and Filmmaker Q&A
A Film Unfinished by Yael Hersonski
In conversation with
Marianne Hirsch (Comparative
Literature, Columbia University)
The conference’s opening reception will follow the event.
Friday, March 25
66 West 12th Street/65 West 11th Street
The Re-Emergence of WWI—Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
● "From silence
to performance: The National Museum of Ireland rediscovers the First World War
Thomas Cauvin (History and Civilization
Department, European University Institute)
war memory, and the myth of innocence: Britain in 1964"
Joanna Scutts (English and
Comparative Literature, Columbia University)
and Forgetting the First World War in New York City"
Ross J. Wilson (University of York)
Moderator: Ann Louise-Shapiro
(History, The New School)
Savoring Memory: Food, Flavors, and the Tasting Subject—66 West 12th Street, room 510
BYOB (bring your own breakfast) talk on food and memory with Fabio Parasecoli (Food Studies, The New School)
11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Law and Evidence—Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
Cultural Property and the Object as Actor: A Legal and Poetic Approach"
Tom Allen and Anna Woodford (Durham
Law School, University of Durham, U.K.)
Absence in an Era of Forensic Testimony"
Rachel Cyr (Department of Cultural
Studies, Trent University)
Testimony and the Production of Victims: Moral Economy in Postwar Compensation
Lawsuits in China and Japan"
Yukiko Koga (Anthropology, Hunter
College, City University of New York)
Moderator: Catalina Uprimny
(Universidad del Rosario, Bogota Colombia)
Visual Memory—66 West 12th Street, room 510
● "The Visible
and the Unseen: The liberation of Ravensbrück and the visual canon of the
Daniela Agostinho (CECC – Research
Center for Communication and Culture, Catholic University of Portugal)
Memory, Secrecy and Violence in Andean Visual Culture"
Olga González (Macalester College)
Representations and Historical Narratives in the Aftermath of Violence,
post-Shining Path Peru"
Cynthia E. Milton (Département
d’histoire, Université de Montréal)
● "The Art of
Storytelling: Visual Interpretation of the
Other's Memories of Northern Ireland"
Jill Strauss (Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York)
Moderator: Margot Bouman (Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons)
Social Movements and the State—Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
Remembering and Labor’s Re-membering: A Study of the Movements of Migrant
Memory and Migrant Memories of the Labor Movement"
Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky
(Sociology, New York University)
● "Memory and
Democracy: The Case of Storytelling and Silences in Europe’s Past and Present
Nicole Doerr (Center for the Study of
Democracy, University of California, Irvine)
● "24 City:
Representing China's collective memory in Jia Zhang-ke's hybrid documentary"
Deirdre Boyle (Documentary Studies,
The New School)
Moderator: Ann Snitow (Literature and Gender Studies, Eugene Lang College)
Memory: Digital and Aural—66 West 12th Street, room 510
● "Al-Andalus and
how it lives on online"
Omar Al-Ghazzi (Annenberg School of
Communication, University of Pennsylvania)
Memory: Archives 2.0 and Historical Presence"
David Kim (Information Studies, UCLA)
● "Learning By Heart—On music, lyrics, humming and Memory
Laliv Melamed (Cinema Studies, New York University)
● Virtual feelings of kinship: Challenging the legitimacy of remembering in post-dictatorial Argentina.
Cecilia Sosa (Drama Department, Queen Mary, University of London)
Moderator: Karen Strassler
(Anthropology, Queens College, City University of New York)
Memory and Race—Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
Brown from Black: How the public commemoration of John Brown has alienated him
from the very people for whom he gave his life to save – the African American
Yoav Fromer (Politics, The New School for
● "Imitation of
Life: How Obituaries Remember the Civil Rights Movement"
Kathleen McElroy (New York Times)
forgetting: a monument to erasures"
Timothy J. McMillan (University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Moderator: Victoria Hattam (Politics, The New School for Social Research)
Photography and Memory—66 West 12th Street, room 510
● Re-finding the past: the ghostly revenant in the photographs of the ruins of Nagasaki after the atomic bomb
Tomoe Otsuki (Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, University of Toronto); Read by Lindsey Freeman (Sociology, The New School for Social Research)
narrative and regional memory"
Catherine Preston (Film and Media
Studies, University of Kansas)
● "Lessons for a
Nation - Photography and the Legacy of Slavery in 1930s America"
Makeda Best (George Washington
University/The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.)
Moderator: Kimberly Spring (Sociology, The New School for Social Research)
6:30-9:00 p.m.: Keynote
Digital Memories, by Diana Taylor (Performance Studies and Spanish, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University)
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, Theresa Lang Center
Followed by a reception
Saturday, March 26
6 East 16th Street
Silence/Absence (room 1106)
● "Forgetting the
Unforgettable: Social-Cognitive pathways to individual and collective
Adam D. Brown (PTSD Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, New York
University School of Medicine), Charles Stone (Macquarie University), William
Hirst (NSSR), Jonathon Koppel (NNSR), Alin Coman (University of Pittsburgh )
● "Memories in
Shock: Re-membering Contemporary Women’s Narratives of Electroshock with
Collage and Restorative Sound Poetics"
Christina Foisy (Department of Humanities, York University)
● "The Aftermath
of Memory in Lebanon"
Yasmine Khayyat (Middle East and
Asian Languages and Cultures/Institute for Comparative Literature and
Society, Columbia University)
● "Elia Suleiman, Nakba Memory and the Uses of Silence"
Thomas Hill (Committee on Global Thought/Lecturer, History Faculty/Affiliate,
Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University)
Moderator: Susannah Radstone (Humanities and Social Sciences, University of East London)
Memory and Experience: Sensation, Tactility, History (room 1103)
Lessons: Visuality and tactility in museums of the socialist everyday"
Jonathan Bach (International Affairs
and Interdisciplinary Global Studies, The New School)
Remembrance: A Somatic visit of Buenos Aires’ Park of Memory"
Brigitte Sion (Religious Studies/Journalism, New York University)
Placing and Transmitting the Remnants of a 'Difficult Past' in an Age of
Spectacle and Information"
Mario Di Paolantonio (York
Irish Migration: Memory and the Museum"
Emily Mark-FitzGerald (Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin)
Leo Spitzer (History, Dartmouth College)
Spatial Memory (room 1009)
● "Arcade Mode"
Samuel Tobin (Sociology, New School
for Social Research)
Spatial Memories...The Nurture of Debris in the Old Town of Nablus, Palestine"
Sahera Bleibleh (Urban Design and
Planning, College of Built Environments, University of Washington)
● "Site-Seeing is
believing: Learning tours as a transformative memory technology"
Yifat Gutman (Sociology, The New School
for Social Research)
Geography: The Legend of John Hendrix and the Future Atomic City"
Lindsey Freeman (Sociology and
Historical Studies, The New School for Social Research)
Moderator: Robert Kirkbride (Product Design, Parsons)
11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Generational Memory (room 1106)
● "The Second
Lives of Local Films: Representation, Collective Memory, and Community History"
Martin Johnson (Department of Cinema
Studies, New York University)
● "Between Past
and Future: The memory of the Holocaust and its transmission in the eyes of the
Tal Litvak-Hirsh (Department of
Behavioral Science, Ben Gurion University, Eilat Campus)
Memories in the Context of Change: Lithuanian Memories During and After
Amy Corning and Howard Shuman
(Lithuanian Institute for Social Research and Vilmorus Public Opinion Research
Center, University of Michigan)
Hidden Memory of the "First Republic" as a Strategy of Memory Politics in post
Malkhaz Toria (Ilia State University
School of Graduate Studies)
Moderator: Bill Hirst (Psychology, The New School for Social Research)
Memory and Narrative (room 1103)
● "A National
Gathering: Performing Truth and Reconciliation in Canada"
Naomi Angel (Media, Culture, and
Communication, New York University)
● "Breaking the
Silence: Video Confessions of Israeli Veterans in Global Popular Media"
Shirly Bahar (Hebrew and Judaic
Studies Department, New York University)
Archives: video, war, and historical judgment in Lebanon"
Shea McManus (Anthropology, The
Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Forgive and Move On—The Memory Spaces of WWII German Expellees"
Andreas Kitzmann (Department of
Humanities, York University)
Moderator: Astrid Nonbo Andersen (Philosophy and History of Ideas, University of Aarhus, Denmark)
Nostalgia, Melancholia, and Loss (room 1009)
● "Life in the 'Museum': Nostalgia and Museumification
in Historic Northern Mali"
Andrew Hernann (Anthropology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Memory, Context: Krakow, Birobidzhan, Madrid"
Shelley Salamensky (Performance
Studies, UCLA School of Theater, Film, TV, & Digital Media)
The Father, Reminding The Self: Postcolonial Modernist Melancholia In
Rustem Ertug Altinay (Performance Studies, New York University)
● "House Arrest:
the case of 42, rue Fontaine and Surrealism’s memory lapse"
Emily Miller (School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons, The New
School for Design)
Moderator: Marita Sturken (Media, Culture and Communication, New York University)
9/11 Memory (room 1009)
Theodicy, and 9/11"
Christina Simko (Sociology,
University of Virginia)
● "Extremely Loud
and Incredibly Close, But What is Being Said?: Hearing/Not Hearing and
Seeing/Not Seeing in September 11th Fiction"
Lauren Walsh (Eugene Lang College,
The New School)
● "The Creation
of Identities, the Creation of Archives: Memory and September 11th 2001"
Manissa McCleave Maharawal
(Anthropology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York)
● "The Museum as
Ventriloquist: The Use of Oral Histories
in the National September 11 Memorial Museum"
Liza Zapol (Oral History Program,
Moderator: Robin Wagner-Pacifici (Sociology, The New School for Social Research)
Colonialism/Empire (room 1103)
● "The Limits
of Contrition: Australia, Canada, and the Dilemmas of Remembering Indigenous Genocides"
Moses (Global and Colonial History, European University Institute)
● "Global and screen memory: The Fiction of
Shamsie, Huston, and Sansal"
Crownshaw (English, Goldsmiths, University of London)
Narratives of the Suez Crisis"
Amal Treacher Kabesh (School of
Sociology and Social Policy, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, University of
● "Urban form
between screen and "critical landscape" : slave trade memories in Bordeaux and
Stephane Valognes (Sociology and
Urban Studies, University of Caen, Alençon Institute of Technology)
Moderator: Federico Finchelstein (History, Eugene Lang College and The New School for Social Research)
Concluding Panel (room 1103)
Susannah Radstone (Humanities and Social Sciences, University of East London)
Moses (Global and Colonial History, European University Institute)
William Hirst (Psychology, The New School for Social Research)
Other presenters TBA
Moderator: Daniel Levy (Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook)