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Rethinking the Past: The Cultural Politics of History, Memory and Temporality

A workshop November 20 2018 for members of the Arts faculty research program Uses of the Past (Aarhus University) and the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton).

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Tuesday 20 November 2018,  at 09:00 - 17:00


Nobelparken, Building 1481-366

Building on our first collaborative workshop at the University of Brighton in June 2018, the workshop is designed to further explore shared interests and plan activities under the theme ‘Rethinking the Past’. We seek to address the role localities and their spatial and administrative dimensions play in memory practices. More specifically, we explore what our engagements as researchers in localities and communities entail for memory practices and how we as memory researchers are ourselves engaged in the politics of memory. 

Taking the thematic clusters from the workshop at the University of Brighton as a point of departure, we apply a range of conceptual frameworks to investigate locality and memory, including notions of time and temporality, affect and agonistic memory, and insights from critical and post-colonial theory. The aim of the workshop is to generate reflective engagements with our research practices, including methods, ethics and politics.

We further seek to identify specific research collaborations between the AU faculty research group Uses of the Past, the AU Centre for Irish Studies and the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories (CMNH) at the University of Brighton. To his end, members of both research groups will present current and planned research projects. 

The workshop has been funded by the faculty research group Uses of the Past, the Centre for Irish Studies and the Department of English at Aarhus University. 


Monday November 19

19.00 Welcome dinner with Brighton delegation

Tuesday November 20, building 1481-366

09.00-09.30 Welcome and introductions

09.30-12.00 ‘Pipeline’ presentations of ongoing and future research projects

09.30-10.30 ‘Pipeline’ Session 1

a) Center for Digital History Aarhus (CEDHAR), Helle Strandgaard Jensen (AU)

b) Reading Slavery: Comparative Studies of the Literature of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Mads Anders Baggesgaard (AU)

c) Agonistic Narratives of Migration, Hans Lauge Hansen (AU)

d) Cape Town Water: An Anthropocene Journey, Nick Shepherd (AU)

10.30-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-12.00 ‘Pipeline’ Session 2

e) Transnational Migration of Memories in the Late Imperial Isles, Sara Dybris McQuaid and Jacco Visser (AU)

f) Outline of funding possibilities at AU, Sara Dybris McQuaid & Laura McAtackney (AU)

g) Discussion of synergy effects – international collaboration. 

12.00-13.00 Lunch on location

13.00-14.30 Panel 1. Memory and temporality in Northern Ireland

13.00-13.20 Knowledge Exchange? Disjunctive Histories, Unsettling Encounters and Complex Temporalities in a Cross-community Local History Project on the West Belfast Interface, Graham Dawson, University of Brighton

13.20-13.40 Car Rides in Kinnaird Street and other methodolocations: Grabbling with the serendipity of events in a study of conflict memories with ex-soldiers in Belfast, Annemarie Majlund, Aarhus University

13.40-14.00 “It was the best playground in the world”: Dislocation and belonging in youth memories of West Belfast’s conflicted urban landscape, 1969-1998, Kate Newby, University of Brighton

Chair: Diana Gonzalez Martin, Aarhus University

14.30-14.45 Coffee break

14.45-15.45 Panel 2. Memory and the transatlantic slave trade 

14.45-15.05 Inclinations in the Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray, Tim Huzar, University of Brighton

15.05-15.25 Global/Local Entanglements, Reparative Histories and the Legacies of Transatlantic Slavery, Anita Rupprecht, University of Brighton

Chair: Karen-Margrethe Simonsen, Aarhus University

15.45-15.50 Mini break

15.50-16.50 Panel 3. Agonism, affect and locality 

15.50-16.10 You disgust me, nasty perpetrator! Sharing emotions and feeling agonistic by means of aesthetic experience, Diana Gonzales Martin, Aarhus University

16.10-16.30 Participatory Practices of Memory: Memorialising the Great War in Britain during the Centenary Moment, Kristen O'Donnell, University of Brighton

Chair: Hans Lauge Hansen, Aarhus University

16.50-17.00 Summary of the day’s proceedings

17.00 Drinks

Wednesday November 21, building 1485-123

09.00-10.15 Double workshop (parallel sessions)

Group A: PhDs and junior staff discuss PhD courses, PG conferences and summer schools 

Group B: Senior staff discuss research and teaching collaboration (incl. Erasmus exchanges, research projects, developing a writing project)

10.15-11.15 Conclusions and future action

12.00-17.30 Affective Methodologies. Workshop by the Cultural Transformations Research Program Aarhus University: ‘Arts and methodology: testing and rehearsing decolonial practices’. Venue: Langelandsgade 143, Building 1585, ‘Lille Sal’.

18.30-22.00 Centre for Irish Studies Aarhus Troubles Cinema

Screening of the fiction film “Nothing Personal” (1995) by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. The film will be introduced by Professor Henrik Vigh from the Department of Anthropology, Copenhagen University, and followed by a discussion. Venue: Building 1481, room 341. See http://cisa.au.dk/events-and-activities/show-event/artikel/troubles-cinema-nothing-personal/ for more information.