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

Daniella Wurst




09/25/2017 Maison Francaise East Gallery, Buel Hall
6:00 PM
Panel Discussion – The Department of Missing Persons. French author Ruth Zylberman, in conversation with Marianne Hirsch
Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University

Ruth Zylberman, Author

Notes: Related Event: September 26th, 6:30-9:00 pm Film Screening Façade 204 Rue Saint Maur. Q&A with Director Ruth Zylberman.
10/09/2017 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Minor Archives: Memory, Narrative, and Counter-Narrative
Gil Hochberg, Columbia University

11/27/2017 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
6:00 PM
'They sold our neighbors paintings here': Dispossession and the Writing of Art History in Turkey
Banu Baraka, Sabanci University, Istanbul

02/01/2018 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Eduard Freudmann: The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3
Eduard Freudmann,

Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University

02/05/2018 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
6:00 PM
In the Shadow of Rescue: The Afterlife of the Kindertransport
Jack Halberstam, Columbia University

Sara Davidmann, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

03/27/2018 Deutsches Haus, Columbia University , 420 W. 116th Street
6:00 PM
Book discussion on 'What Remains. Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany' (Columbia University Press, 2017) by Jonathan Bach
Jonathan Bach, The New School

04/02/2018 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
6:00 PM
everyone is present: photography, memory, and family archives
Terry Kurgan, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)

04/09/2018 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Embodied Silhouettes: memory and action in the fighting against enforced disappearance
Silvana Mandolessi, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Martín Zícari, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium


04/18/2018 754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Decolonizing Memory Studies: Graduate Student Roundtable
Manuela Badilla, The New School

Dilara Caliskan, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Noni Carter, Selina Makana, and Daniella Wurst, Columbia University

Moderated by: Prof. Erica Johnson, Pace University