Memory and Postcolonial Studies Symposium, June 2016

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Highfield House

University Park Campus

University of Nottingham

Nottingham

NG7 2RD

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“Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions”

Symposium at the University of Nottingham, 10 June 2016

Research Priority Area “Languages, Texts & Society”

in conjunction with the research group “Memory Studies and the Politics of Memory”

Nottingham’s Research Priority Area “Languages, Texts and Society” is hosting this symposium to explore links and synergies between Memory Studies and Postcolonial Studies, discuss new directions in this field and foster future cross-disciplinary, regional and international collaboration. The critical memory of colonial experience and anti-colonial frames of reference has been part of postcolonial writing and discourse from the beginning, while Michael Rothberg’s influential study Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization (2009) helped to open up Memory Studies for dialogue with Postcolonial Studies. The debate about the use of trauma theory in both areas, renewed fascination with cosmopolitanism and transcultural memory, and the use of postcolonial theory to address intra-European imperialism are just some of the recent developments at the interfaces between Memory Studies and Postcolonial Studies. This symposium brings together academics and postgraduates from both fields and from the associated institutional research groups and regional networks, as well as a number of international experts, to share research findings, discuss new directions of travel in relevant research areas, and enable networking for future projects in the field.

Keynote papers:

Professor Stef Craps (Ghent): “Memory Frictions and Cross-Traumatic Affiliation in Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror” (10 am)

Professor Alan Rice (University of Central Lancaster): “The Politics of Cultural Memory: Frederick Douglass in Britain and Ireland (1845-2016)” (7 pm)

Panel themes include the questioning of trauma theory; memory and national identity; memory and life-writing across cultures; comparative postcolonial studies across Europe; postcolonial and postimperial memory: Lusophone perspectives; memory and the Black Atlantic; place, memory and performance; the politics of memory across Europe; multidirectional diasporic memory; memory and history: Africa and the West.

Registration: 9:30 am in Highfield House.

Start time: 10:00 am in Highfield House A01/02.

Evening lecture (with Institute on the Study of Slavery): 19:00-20:30 in Highfield House A01/02. A link to sign up separately for the evening lecture will be available in due course.

Inquiries: Nicola Pearson, email: afxnp@nottingham.ac.uk

Photo credit: Frederick Douglass, taken by unidentified photographer - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8911026

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Highfield House

University Park Campus

University of Nottingham

Nottingham

NG7 2RD

United Kingdom

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