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Aesthetics and Ethics of Memory, Graduate Seminar, Aarhus 20-22/09/2012
full name / name of organization:
Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies
For the inaugural seminar of Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies we invite paper proposals from graduate students on the relations between the aesthetics and ethics of memory. Mnemonics: Network for Memory Studies is a newly established international collaborative initiative for graduate education in memory studies (http://www.mnemonics.ugent.be/).
Aesthetics and ethics often intersect in relation to the representation of collective memories, especially those of disturbing events or experiences. While decorum is naturally called for in addressing a traumatic past, it can also be argued, from an ethical standpoint, that traumatic memories must be represented in a compelling and unforgettable manner. Representational strategies thus have to find a balance between being ineffectual and irrelevant and being potentially offensive and provoking.
At the seminar a number of questions following from the main theme will be discussed:
• What are the limits of representation?
We welcome case studies that reflect on the relation between memory and form, and papers that investigate how different media and cultural artifacts approach these aesthetic and ethical questions.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Sharon Macdonald, Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. Professor Macdonald is the author of Difficult Heritage: Negotiating the Nazi Past in Nuremberg and Beyond (Routledge, 2009).
Ann Rigney, Professor of Comparative Literature, Utrecht University. Professor Rigney is the author of The Afterlives of Walter Scott: Memory on the Move (Oxford UP, 2012).
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Aarhus is easily accessible from both Billund (BLL) and Aarhus (AAR) airports.