Cultural Memory

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The University Seminar on Cultural Memory began in 2005 as an interdisciplinary colloquium welcoming graduate students and faculty from Columbia and its neighbors. The Seminar, incepted in 2007, builds upon this already-established community and aims to further develop a vibrant interdisciplinary dialogue on con- temporary issues of cultural and collective memory, including but not limited to traumatic memory, collective and national forgetting, memorialization and museology, historical consciousness and historiography, embod- ied memory and performance, archive and testimony. The Seminar meets monthly and, in addition to discussing chapters and works-in-progress, hosts a series of distinguished visiting speakers, working in close cooperation with relevant departments and institutes at Columbia.

Professor Marianne Hirsch

Professor Andreas Huyssen

Alyssa Greene




10/19/2016 Philosophy Hall, Room 507
6:00 PM
The Long Spanish Civil War in Chile
Dr. Kirsten Weld, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of History, Harvard University

11/09/2016 Maison Française
6:00 PM
Can Historical Memory Prevent Against a Return to Mass Violence?
Dr. Henry Rousso, CNRS (Institut d'histoire du temps présent)

11/16/2016 754 Schermerhorn Ext., Columbia
6:00 PM
New Graduate Research on Cultural Memory
Presentations by graduate researchers at Columbia University,

11/28/2016 754 Schermerhorn Ext, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Starlight and Indigenous Disappearance: Colonial Mappings of Tierra del Fuego
Dr. Macarena Gómez-Barris, Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pratt Institute

01/23/2017 754 Schermerhorn Ext., Columbia University
6:00 PM
Australia’s Memory Imperative: Refugee Activism and the ‘Bring Them Here’ Campaign
Rosanne Kennedy, Australian National University

Notes: Joint meeting with the Seminar on History, Redress, and Reconciliation
02/22/2017 754 Schermerhorn Ext, Columbia University
6:30 PM
Sushi Restaurants in the Rocinha: Cultural Translation in Brazil’s Largest Favela
Ana Paulina Lee, Columbia University

04/24/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Screening of the documentary essay Armenoscope
Silvina Der-Meguerditchian, Artist and Filmmaker