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.

Marianne Hirsch
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Andreas Huyssen
Professor of Germanic Languages, Columbia University

Alyssa Greene




02/29/2016 Deutsches Haus, Columbia University (420 W. 116th St.)
4:00 PM
Alondra Nelson, The Social Life of DNA
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University

03/07/2016 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
6:00 PM
“Remediate the Blackout : The Photographic Archive of the Armenian Catastrophe”
Emmanuel Alloa, Assistant Professor at the Philosophy Department of University of St. Gallen and Invited Visiting Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia

04/12/2016 Deutsches Haus (420 W. 116th St.)
6:00 PM
“Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums put the Nation and the World on Display”
Peggy Levitt, Sociology, Wellesley College