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Uses of the Past Symposium: The forgotten memories of migrant Europe (registration required)

w. Monika Palmberger, Emily Keightley, Chiara de Cesari, Randi Lorenz Marselis and Joanna Fikus

2019.04.29 | Tanja Gotthardsen

Date Thu 09 May Fri 10 May
Time 10:00    16:00
Location Preben Hornung Stuen, Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, building 1422 and 1421
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Europe has been formed by movement and migration. Yet, with the construction of national histories and their constant afterlife in memory, heritage and border politics, the history of a Europe in migratory flux has been forgotten. This symposium seeks to explore and illuminate memories of migration in the European context as well as the dynamics that govern them, to contribute to new frames of remembrance, capable of sustaining Europe as a site of extensive and desired mobility. 


To register for the individual talks, please visit https://events.au.dk/usesofthepast2019/registration


May 9th

10.00 -10.30: Welcome and introductions

10.30 -11.20: Museums as multidirectional memory site, Randi Lorenz Marselis, associate professor, Department of Culture and Identity, Roskilde University

11.20 -12.10: To stay or to leave? Dilemma of Jews presented in the Museum of the History of Polish Jews Polin, Joanna Fikus, Head of Exhibitions Department, Museum of the History of Polish Jews Polin, Warzaw

12.10 -13.10: Lunch at Studenterhus Aarhus

13.10 -14.00: Remembering the 1916 Easter Rising and the End of Empire: transnational templates of Irish and Indian freedom struggles, Sara Dybris McQuaid, Director for the Centre for Irish Studies and associate professor, the English Department, Aarhus University

14.00 -14.50:Rethinking Partition Memory in the UK: Colonial Nostalgia and the Politics of Integration, Dr. Emily Keightley, Professor of Media and Memory Studies, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University

14.50 -15.20: Break 

15.20 -16.10: The emancipatory force of female migrant narratives, Hans Lauge Hansen, Professor w. Special Responsibilities, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University

16.10 -16.30: Discussion and conclusion of day 1


May 10th

10.00 -10.30: Welcome 

10.30 -11.20:Transnational place-making practices and urban spatial identities: Exploring migrants’ hidden histories through memory-guided city walks, Dr. Monika Palmberger, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna

11.20 -12.10:The Cosmopolitan Dilemma: Migration and the Politics of Forgetting in Contemporary Germany, Wulf Kansteiner, Professor w. Special Responsibilities, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

12.10 -13.10: Lunch at Studenterhus Aarhus

13.10 -14.00:European heritage and cultural racism, Chiara de Cesari, assistant professor, Department of European Studies and Department of Cultural Studies, University of Amsterdam.

14.00 –14.50:The European question in light of the so-called migration crisis: Searching for new answers, Jan Ifversen, associate professor, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

14.50 -15.20: Break 

15.20 -16.00: Discussion and final conclusion