Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath – Sarajevo

Hotel Europe, Sarajevo

‘Why Remember? Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath’
Sarajevo, 30th June – 2nd July 2017


Dr Stephenie Young (Salem State University)

Dr Paul Lowe (London College of Communication, University of Arts London)

Admir Jugo (Durham University)

The conference is part of the WARM Festival 2017

The conference was generously supported by: Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Salem State University London College of Communication, University of Arts London


Friday, June 30, 2017

9:00- 9:25

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Dr Stephenie Young, Dr Paul Lowe, and Rémy Ourdan

9:30 – 11:00

Panel 1A
Making Images, Unpacking Archives: Visual Methodologies, Memory and the Production of Alternative Bodies of Knowledge in Contemporary Spain Organizers: Lee Douglas and Zahira Aragüete-Toribio
Chair: Stephenie Young

Zahira Aragüete-Toribio (University of Geneva) (co-author: Jorge Moreno Andrés, UNED)
Narrating Exhumation Processes through Film in 21st Century Spain

Lee Douglas (CCHS-CSIC)
To Stand Watch, to Remain Vigilant: Photographic Practice and the Production of Knowledge

Lidia Mateo Leivas (CCHS-CSIC)
Remembering through Clandestine Images: Expanding the Scope of Visibility in Spain and Beyond

María Rosón Villena (University of Valencia)
Post-War Spain and Personal Photography: Affect, Agency, and Memory

Panel 1B
National Memory
Chair: Tiffany Fairey

Dean Peachey (University of Winnipeg)
I Never Want to Forget What Happened, But I Don’t Want to Always Be Remembering It

Angela Boone (Independent Researcher)
The Unwanted Remembrance of the Dutch as Culprits instead of Victims

Michael S. Drake (University of Hull) The Ends of Commemoration: Centenary Remembrance of the British First World War Dead

11:30 – 13:00

Panel 2A
Memory and Forgetting
Chair: Admir Jugo

Maria Kobielska (Jagiellonian University)
Multidirectionality, Junctions, and Conflicts: In Search of Multidirectional Memory in Poland

Olga Burkhardt (University of St. Andrews)
Forget, Forgive: Conclude and be agreed? Negotiating Memory and Forgetting after Mass Atrocity and Genocide

Lejla Gačanica (University of Mostar)
History Repeats Itself: Memories of the Post-War Generation

Carol Mancke (Royal College of Art, London)
At the Table: Collective Re-Membering 

Panel 2B
Contemporary Trends in Memory Studies
Chair: Lauren Walsh

Jennifer Good (London College of Communication)
Photography of 9/11: Remembering, Repeating and Working Through

Keith Weller-Taylor (Cornell University)
Remembering the Vietnam War and Narrating Contemporary American and Global History

Katherine Bailey (Lancaster University)
Memory in Guatemala: Remembering the Disappeared

Iryna Shuvalova (University of Cambridge)
Making the Past Trendy: Remembrance or Forgetting? The Case of the Omnipresent Cossacks

14:00 – 15:00
Keynote: Simon Norfolk

15:15 – 16:45

Panel 3A
The Question of Public Memory
Chair: Admir Jugo

Denisa Kostovicova (LSE) and Tom Paskhalis (LSE)
The Voices of Reconciliation: A Gender Perspective on Transitional Justice in the Balkans

Jessica M. Smith (GMU)
Power, Politics, and Public Memory in the Aftermath of War: Elevating Marginalized Narratives Using Photovoice

Tiffany Fairey (University of the Arts)
Why Remember? Why Reconcile? Exploring the relationship between memory and reconciliation through arts projects in Latin America

Carol Schaeffer and Helen Ratté (Independent Researchers)
Tamo mi je bolje, ali ovdje mi je ljepše: Return, Resettlement and Memory Between Germany and Bosnia

Panel 3B
Aesthetics and Truth
Chair: Paul Lowe

Manca Bajec (Royal College of Art)

Nothing Monumental Can Ever Come of This

Katrin Paehler (Illinois State University)
The District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa: A Three-Dimensional Yizkor Book?

Barbora Knappová (Charles University)
Promises and Limitations of Post-museum as a Model Institution for Reconciliation: The Case of History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo

Saturday, July 1, 2017

9:00 – 10:30

Panel 4A
Chair: Stephenie Young

Carole Evans (Ravensbourne)

The Landscape of Conflict: An Exploration into the Memory of Landscape in Photography.

Paweł Starzec (University of Warsaw/Institute of Creative Photography of Silesian University in Opava)
Scratching the Surface: Photographing the Violence Altered Landscape

Liliana Gómez-Popescu (University of Zurich)
Contested Amnesia and Bodies of Pain: Contemporary Visual Arts in Colombia and Lebanon

Panel 4B
Architectural Limits of Memory
Chair: Paul Lowe

Kenneth Morrison (DeMontfort University)
The War Hotel as a Locus of Memory

Harnoor Bhangu (University of Winnipeg)
The Partition Museum: Encountering Difficult Knowledge and Drawing from the Well of Postmemory

10:45 – 12:15

Panel 5A
Ethics and Education: Engaging the Present with the Past
Chair: Rachel Kerr

Fiorenza Loiacono (University of Bari)
When the Ritual Remembering is an “Empty Shell”: The Case of the Shoah in the 21st Century

Olga Dror (Texas A&M)
Creating Memories in Time of War: What South and North Vietnam Wanted Youth to Know about History

David Savill (University of Salford)
The Ethics of Appropriating Cultural Memory in Fiction

Panel 5B
Writing Memory
Chair: Admir Jugo

Dani Nassif (University of Münster)

A Literary Model for Derridean Mourning: Confessions and the Missing of the Lebanese Civil War

Mehnaz M. Afridi (Manhattan College)
Mourning, Memory, and Nostalgia within Genocide(s)

Luisa Maria Flora (University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, Lisbon University)
Helping Strangers: Neutrality and Moral Responsibility in Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata (2016)

13:15 – 14:15
Keynote: Vladimir Miladinović

14:30 – 16:00

Panel 6A
Artistic Interventions and Memory
Chair: Kenneth Morrison

Petra Hamer (University of Graz)

This was Once Popular: A Case Study of Sarajevan Patriotic Music

Claudia Zini (The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Objects of Memory. Autobiographical Survival Strategies in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hariz Halilovich (RMIT University, Melbourne) (co-author: Adiz Fejzić, Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University, Brisbane)
The Past is not a Foreign Country: Imaging, Imagining and Remembering the Places of Pain and (Be)Longing

Panel 6B
Silenced and Forgotten Narratives
Chair: Denisa Kostovicova

Sarah Green (University of Melbourne)
“I was Just a Child”: Exploring How the Lives of Children are Remembered, Commemorated and Forgotten

Hagit Evan-Rifinski (Talpiot College of Education)
Never to be Forgotten – A Linguistic Investigation into the Lives of Rwandan Orphans

Grace Pundyk (Centre for Ideas, VCA, University of Melbourne)

Inheriting the Silenced Periphery: The Shame of Remembering, From Poland to Australia

16:15 – 17:15

Art and Reconciliation Roundtable
Chair: Paul Lowe

Paul Lowe (UAL/PARC)
Tiffany Fairey (UAL/PARC)
James Gow, (King’s College London)

Rachel Kerr, (King’s College London)

Milena Michalski (King’s College London)

Denisa Kostovicova (LSE)

Leslie Woodward (PCRC)
Tanya Domi (PCRC)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

9:00 – 10:30

Panel 7A
Memory Politics in Post-Yugoslav Cinema
Chair: Stephenie Young

Neven Anđelić (Regent’s University London)
Post-Yugoslav Cinema, Politics and Reconciliation

Claudia Mayr (Karl-Franzens Universität Graz)
Wartime Memories in the Serbian Film ‘Parada’: How Does Art Conquer Memories of the Past?

Danica Jenkins (University of Sydney)
Coming to Terms with the Past Through Post-Yugoslav Cinema

Iva Kosmos (CSEES, University of Graz and Institute of Culture and Memory Studies, Research Center of The Slovenian Academy of Science)
Post-Yugoslav Docu-Fiction: ‘Faking It’ to Question the ‘Truth’ of Official Memory

Panel 7B
Restoring, Creating, Remembering: New Research in Holocaust Studies
Chair: Paul Lowe

Ljubinka Petrović-Ziemer (University of Sarajevo)
Remembering the Holocaust in Human Rights Work/Memory Activism in Arts and Literature

Sylwia Papier (Jagiellonian University)
An Artistic Intervention as a Form of Restoring Memory

11:00 – 12 :00
Keynote: Ron Haviv and Lauren Walsh

12:00 – 12:30
Closing Remarks


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