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ACHI Annual Meeting with Prof. Aleida Assmann

27 September, 13:00-17:30, Universiteitstheater, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, A'dam


13:00-13:30 Welcome with coffee and tea

13:30-13:45 Dr. Christian Noack (European Studies) Retrotopia: Russian Commemorations of Crimea’s Past
13:45-14:00 Dr. Patricia Lulof (Archaeology) The Acquarossa Memory Project: Reconstructing an Etruscan Town
14:00-14:15 Dr. Paul Bijl (Dutch Literature) Postcolonial Memory Activism: Restaging Anticolonial Resistance
14:15-14:30 Dr. Zuzanna Dziuban (Cultural Studies) Post-Holocaust Necromancy
14:30-14:45 Discussion

14:45-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-15:10 Prof. Julia Noordegraaf (Heritage and Digital Culture) Introduction
15:10-16:00 Prof. Aleida Assmann (English and Literary Studies, University of Konstanz) Transnational Memory and the Construction of History through Mass Media
16:00-16:15 Prof. Frank van Vree (Netherlands Institute for War Documentation), Dr. Chiara de Cesari (European Studies) and Prof. Rob van der Laarse (Cultural Studies)
16:15-16:30 Discussion
16:30-16:40 Valedictory statement in honor of Prof. Pim den Boer by Rob van der Laarse

16:40-17:30 Drinks

Transnational Memory and the Construction of History through Mass Media A ‘transnational turn’ has been announced by historians and theorists in various subfields of cultural studies. The general challenge of the ‘trans’ is to go beyond national identification, investments and inter-ests and to explore new forms of belonging, participation and cultural identification in a world characterized by dispersed and displaced populations with different historical experiences and trajectories. Look-ing beyond the border of nations is a promising methodology; but the term often covers up rather than uncovers important problems that are to be encountered in this new area of research. Given the grow-ing impact of national history constructed in the mass media, this contribution will focus on the German Television Miniseries Our Mothers, our Fathers and its reception, asking whether it stimulates nationalistic narcissism or has the potential to re-image the national past in a more comprehensive European perspective.


16 September 2016, dymph