Cultural Memory of Past Dictatorships: Narratives of Implication in a Global Perspective

The event comprises both a Seminar Series (12 April; 27 April; 4 May) and a Symposium (19-20 May).
Mode of Delivery: Online
Institution: University College Cork, Ireland

Seminars and Symposium are open to the public and are free of charge. However, it is compulsory to register in advance. Please find below the links to register for each of the seminars and the Symposium. Registrations for the Symposium close on 13 May 2022. Zoom links will be circulated to all registered attendees in advance of the events.

All events will be held on Zoom in the Irish Time Zone

Seminar Series
I) 12 April 2022, 5.00 – 6.00 pm 
Michael Lazzara (University of California, Davis) ¡Desobedientes!: Implicated Subjects, Memory, and Responsibility in Post-Dictatorship Chilean Documentaries

II) 27 April 2022, 5.00 – 6.00 pm 
Juliane Prade-Weiss (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) Implication in Commemoration: On Current Interests in Past Complicities

III) 4 May 2022, 5.00 – 6.00 pm 
David Martin-Jones (University of Glasgow) Remembering Cold War Pasts Across a World of Cinemas

Symposium(19 – 20 May 2022)
University College Cork

Day 1 – Thursday 19 May 2022

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks 

9:30 – 11:00 Panel 1: Victims, Perpetrators, and Beyond
Bareez Majid (Heidelberg University) Literature and Escape: A Critical Reading of the novel City of White Musicians by the Kurdistani author Bachtyar Ali
Claudia Sandberg (University of Melbourne)The Story of a Tiger in the Bathroom: German-Jewish filmmaker Peter Lilienthal in West German Television of the 1960s 
Esteban Córdoba Arroyo (University of Kitakyushu) Heroism, Messianism and Pentateuchal Remorse: Overcoming the Scheme of Victims and Perpetrators in the Collective Memory of World War 2 in Japanese Cinema (1980-2020)

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 13:00 Panel 2: Re-Imagining Dictators and Perpetrators in Cultural Production
Rachel MagShamhráin (University College Cork) Brother Hitler: The Continuing Allure of Hitler Films in Re/unified Germany
Pooja Sancheti (The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research [IISER] Pune) Curses and Conspiracies: Reading Mohammed Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Patrick Vierthaler (Kyoto University) Founding Father or Traitor to the Nation? Contested Memories of Syngman Rhee in mid-1990s South Korea
Joanne Pettitt (University of Kent) The Nazi Paradigm: Holocaust Perpetrators in Representations of the British Far-Right

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 

14:00 – 15:45 Panel 3: Narrative Perspectives on the Grey Zone
Ruth Murphy (University of Cambridge) Mixing metaphors: Primo Levi’s ‘grey zone’ and Maria Lugones’ ‘mestizaje
Lena Seauve (Institute for Latin American Studies [LAI] of the Free University of Berlin) On the Figure of the Bystander in Martin Kohan’s Dos Veces Junio (2002)
Jessica Marino (Carleton University) Mauricio Rosencof’s The Letters that Never Came and Uruguay’s Latest Dictatorial Rule—Framing a Redemptive Narrative of the Past through the Lens of Jewish Heritage
Stefano Bellin (University of Warwick) Being Numerous: Negotiations of Memory and Responsibility in Andrés Trapiello’s Ayer no más

15:45 – 16:00 Break 

16:00 – 17:00 Panel 4: Generational Memories of Dictatorships
Mario Panico and Cristina Demaria (University of Bologna) A Perpetrator in the Family: Generational Memory and Accountability in Documentary Filmmaking
Jeanne Devautour Choi (Columbia University) The Hijos Delayed (Re-)Implication in Argentina’s Dictatorial Past
Cara Levey (University College Cork) Diasporizing Memory and Victimhoood: Challenging the ‘exilio dorado’ (Golden Exile) Myth in Tus padres volverán [Your Parents Will Come Back]and Hora Chilena [Chilean Time]
Violeta Ros (University of Zaragoza) The Portrait of Sad old Men. Domestic Ethnographies of Political Violence in Contemporary Spanish Fiction

17:45 – 18:00 Break 

18:00 – 19:00 Keynote Lecture 1
Minna Johanna Niemi (The Arctic University of Norway) Western Readers and African Narratives: Towards Responsible Reading Strategies

Day 2 – Friday 20 May 

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Lecture 2
Jie-Hyun Lim (Critical Global Studies Institute, Sogang University, Seoul) Mass Dictatorship: Vernacular Memories of Implicated Subjects and the Dictatorship from Below

10:00 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 5: Vectors of Memory of Past Histories of Violence 
Vanessa Tautter (University of Brighton) Negotiating the Nazi Past from an Implicated Position: Emotional Dynamics in Transgenerational Memory Processes in Austria
Arif Subekti, Hervina Nurullita, and Grace Leksana (Malang State University, East Java) Singing the Memories: Local Songs and Indonesia’s Collective Memory of Anti Lefitst Violence
Ethan Xi Hao Eu (National Taiwan University) The Weight of Our Sky: The May 13 Incident in a Young Adult Novel and a Webcomics Series

12:00 – 12:15 Break 

12:15 – 13:45 Panel 6: Curating Implication in the Musealisation of Dictatorships 
Rose Smith (Charles University – University of Groningen)Marcos Dictatorship (Re)Imagined in Museum Design 
Kirsti Jõesalu and Ene Kõresaar (Tartu University) Diversification and Alternative Subjectivities in Estonian Museums: Memory of Soviet Complicity Revisited
Margaret Anderson Comer (Tallinn University)Portrayals of Perpetration, Victimhood, and Implication at Sites of Soviet Repression and Violence in Moscow, Russia

13:45 – 14:45 Lunch 

14:45 – 16:15 Panel 7: Filling the Gaps in Visual Representations of Dictatorships
Lucas Martins Néia (University of São Paulo) The Military Dictatorship in Brazilian TV Fiction: Approaches and Gaps
Pablo Turnes (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation – Free University of Berlin) To Dare Damnation. The problem of Vengeance and its Representation in Comics in Post-Dictatorial Argentina
Eva-Rosa Ferrand Verdejo (CY Cergy Paris University – University of Warwick) The Novísimo Cine Chileno and the Aesthetics of Trauma

16:15 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 18:00 Panel 8: Looking at the Past, Fighting for the Future
Emanuela Buscemi (University of Monterrey) Memory Activism and Performance in the contemporary Mexican feminist movement
Sharon Hecker and Raffaele Bedarida (The Cooper Union) Curating Fascism: Exhibitions and Memory from the Fall of Mussolini to Today
Peter B. Kaufman (MIT Open Learning) The Sociology of Knowledge: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

18:00 – 18:15 Break 

18:15 – 19:30 Roundtable Discussion
Michael Lazzara (University of California, Davis)
Juliane Prade-Weiss (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
David Martin-Jones (University of Glasgow)

This Symposium is generously supported by the Irish Research Council, The Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures of University College Cork (CASiLaC), and the ERC project ‘Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena’ funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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