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JULY 1, THURSDAY




Roundtable: New memory publications on South-East Europe


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Meeting ID: 970 5068 1506
Passcode: 605766


Host: MSA RG South-East Europe

Speakers: Nikolina Zidek (moderator), Ana Milosevic, Tamara Trost, Ana Ljubojevic, Astrea Pejovic, Vjeran Pavlakovic, Naum Trajanovski, Gruia Badescu

Date: July 1, Thursday

Time: 6 pm CEST

Duration: 120 min

Contact: nizidek@gmail.com; trajanovskinaum@gmail.com

Number of participants: unlimited


Memory studies in South East Europe is an ever-growing research field. Most recently, several publications went beyond the "traditional" theoretical and methodological positions and thus widened the research scope of the memory studies on the region. This event will bring some of the editors and the researchers involved in these projects together to discuss the major findings, challenges, and impacts of the global pandemic on memory politics in Southeastern Europe and beyond:

- Framing the Nation and Collective Identities: Political Rituals and Cultural Memory of the Twentieth-Century Traumas in Croatia (2019), edited by Vjeran Pavlaković and Davor Pauković, analyzes top-down and bottom-up strategies of framing the nation through commemorative practices relating to events from the Second World War and the Croatian War of Independence.

- Europeanisation and Memory Politics in the Former Yugoslavia (2020), edited by Ana Milošević and Tamara Pavasović Trošt, explores the various manners in which the European integration process has influenced the collective memory in the former-Yugoslav countries.

- Cultures and Politics of Remembrance in Southeastern Europe: Nationalism, Transnationalism and Cooperation, builds upon the transnational turn in the memory studies and provides a number of chapters that apply this concept in the regional context (oftentimes vis-à-vis what was identified as a nationalistic turn in the regional memory politics). 

- Memory Politics and Populism in Southeastern Europe (2021) explores the politics of memory in the region in the context of rising populism and their hegemonic grip on official memory and politics. 

- Changing Memoryscapes in Southeastern Europe (2021), which is to be published by Contemporary Southeastern Europe, aims at combining wide-range theoretical and methodological approaches within memory studies and thus bringing new perspectives of the grassroot memories in the city, bridging the gap in both analysis of bottom-up initiatives in the region, and using notions of space and place as analytical research tools.
- Synchronous Pasts: Transforming heritage in the former Yugoslavia (2021) co-edited by Gruia Badescu, Britt Baillie and Francesco Mazzucchelli. This collection scrutinizes the role of heritage in 'conflict-time', inquires what role the past might have in creating new identities at the local, regional, national, and supra-national levels, and investigates the dynamics of heritage as a process.

This event does not require any previous preparation.
Registered participants will receive an email with detailed information about the event in due time. 



Memory Studies and Theatre: Bridging Research and Art


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Meeting ID: 683 4611 8280
Passcode: 329545



Host: MnemoZIN

MnemoZIN is a research collective (Zsuzsa Millei (Tampere University, Finland), Iveta Silova (Arizona State University, USA), and Nelli Piattoeva (Tampere University, Finland)). MnemoZIN leads the Recollect / Reconnect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoodsproject and is part of the PoSoCoMeS MSA Working Group

Invited guests:

Playwriter, Director and Performer Tamás Ördög – Dollardaddy's Theatre Group

Playwriter and Dramaturg: Bence Bíró

Date: July 1, Thursday

Time: 6 pm CEST

Duration: 60 min 

Contact:  zsuzsa.millei@tuni.fi

Number of participants: unlimited

 

 

Reconnect / Recollect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods is a collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary project seeking to create a dialogue among people divided by multiple borders – geopolitical, economic, generational, and cultural – inherited from and reordered after the Cold War. Bridging academic research and art, the project (re)collects memories of diverse childhood experiences during the Cold War and its immediate aftermath, bringing into public view alternative and multiple personal histories that have the potential to transfigure divisions into connections. The project uses the method of collective biography and art for remembering, writing, working with, and representing childhood memories.


This workshop tells the story of the creative creation of the play 'KELET/EAST' inspired by childhood memories. The play premiered two full houses in Trafó House of Contemporary Art on September 22-23, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary written and performed by Dollardaddy's theater group. The play is scheduled to be performed regularly in Hungary, Finland, and the USA, but performances are being canceled due to the pandemic situation.

 

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We show a 20-minute-long preview of the play followed by a discussion with the artists and researchers about how research and art can work together to bring social research to broader and public audiences in "promoting reflection, building empathetic connections, forming coalitions, challenging stereotypes, and fostering social action" (Leavy, 2020, p. 205).

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Registered participants will receive an email with detailed information about the event in due time.


Roundtable: Performance as a lens in memory studies


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Meeting ID: 830 3647 4516 

Passcode: 689111


Host: The Performance and Memory Working Group (Carmen Levick, Martina Karels, Clare Parfitt) 

The Performance and Memory Working Group explores memory through the lens of performance, considered as both a research methodology and a practice. We are concerned both with cultural production that is framed as 'performance' (theatre, dance, music, etc.) and with a wider range of memory practices (monuments and sites, photographs, social media, protest, etc.) that might productively be framed as 'performed' or 'performative'. 

Date: July 1, Thursday

Start: 6 pm CEST [5 pm London time]

Duration: 60 min

Contact: c.parfitt@chi.ac.uk

Number of participants: 30


In this roundtable chat, the three co-chairs of the Performance and Memory working group will share the different ways they use performance as a lens in their memory studies research. We will consider questions such as: 

  • What does it mean to perform memory? 

  • How is memory performed both inside and outside events culturally framed as 'theatre'? 

  • Can performance be considered a methodology in memory studies? 

We welcome to the event anyone who wants to explore this fruitful perspective in memory studies.

This event does not require any previous preparation.
Registered participants will receive an email with detailed information about the event in due time.



JULY 2, FRIDAY



Collective biography: The method and memorywork. Part 1(2)


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Meeting ID: 685 3720 6734
Passcode: 823711



Host: MnemoZIN

MnemoZIN is a research collective (Zsuzsa Millei (Tampere University, Finland), Iveta Silova (Arizona State University, USA) and Nelli Piattoeva (Tampere University, Finland)). MnemoZIN leads the Recollect / Reconnect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods project and is part of the PoSoCoMeS MSA Working Group.  

Date: 2 July, Friday

Start: 5 pm CEST 

Duration: 60 min

Contact: Zsuzsa.Millei@tuni.fi 

Number of participants: unlimited

 

In the first part of this workshop, we give an introduction to the Collective Biography (CB) method (Davies & Gannon, 2006) and how we have retooled it for memory research in relation to our project Memories of Everyday Childhoods. Despite its name, CB examines micro-moments of subjectification, discursive effects, relational, affective and material entanglements revealing how individuals and groups subjectively engage with reality and, crucially, their own role in it together with others, human and non-human. In small groups, collectively recalling these events, this type of memorywork moves experience into narrative vignettes enriched with embodied and emotional aspects of memories that might come to light during groupwork. In this process, similar to the autoethnographic genre, the roles of the researcher and the researched are collapsed, and the aim is to understand subjectification collectively, for example, to societal norms, discourses or ideals. We also elaborate the approach's pragmatic utilization, affordances and challenges, and potentials for memory research.

This event does not require any previous preparation.
Registered participants will receive an email with detailed information about the event in due time.


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