Confronting Traumatic Pasts: Between the Local and the Global

Confronting Traumatic Pasts

Series Convenors: Frank Finlay and Matt Boswell

Confronting Traumatic Pasts is an interdisciplinary research initiative that investigates the memory cultures that connect us to traumatic historical events. For the Sadler Seminar Series we propose a three part investigation into the circulation of historical memory within an increasingly globalised world. The three parts, and their associated research questions, will be:

1. Theory - What are the dominant theoretical models of global memory culture? In what ways are these models currently being critiqued?

2. Practice - How do specific case studies from the non-Western world such as Armenia, Namibia, South Africa and Rwanda ‘write back’ against these theories?

3. The future - What future role will be played by the circulation of traumatic memories? How will this circulation be shaped by diverse contemporary factors such as mass migration, refugee crises, global tourism, environmental disaster and digital culture? Can traumatic memories be a vehicle for change in civil society?

Sadler Seminar Series 2016-17


16 January 2017, 4-6pm (Clothworkers North Building LT (Cinema) 2.31)

Screening of Sacred Ground Feature-length documentary about memorialization at Mount Rushmore followed by Director Q&A.  

17 January 2017, 9.30am–12 noon (Leeds Humanities Research Institute, seminar room 2)

Tim Gruenewald (Hong Kong University)

Postgraduate Workshop on ‘The Politics of Memorial Landscape Transformation’  

17 January 2017, 5-6.30pm (School of English, 10 Cavendish Road, Alumni Room)

Dr Tim Gruenewald (Hong Kong University)

‘Painful Pasts and the National Imagination: Narrative Strategies in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’

14 February 2017, 5-6.30pm - LHRI - Seminar Room 1

Professor Ann Rigney (Utrecht University) ‘The Afterlives of Hope: Transnational Activism and How It Is Remembered’

29 March 2017, 5-6.30pm (School of Music, Clothworker’s Hall)

Professor Jacqueline Rose (Birkbeck)

‘The Legacy or What I Have Learned from You – Protest in South Africa’

Dr Chiara De Cesari (Amsterdam University)

‘Impossible Memories: On the Predicament of Creating Palestinian National Museums’  

2 May 2017, 5-6.30pm - LHRI - Seminar Room 1

Professor Astrid Erll (Goethe-University, Frankfurt)

‘On Transcultural Memory’ (title TBC)