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Places of Amnesia: The Inside and the Outside. Can the Human Body be a Place of Amnesia?

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Over 70 presenters from 20 countries exploring how societies forget, with major focus on Russia and Central Europe dealing with Holocaust and Socialist legacy.

The conference seeks to develop a dialogue between subject experts, established scholars and young researchers on how historical events, people, places and cultural texts are not included in the representation of the past. We seek to establish whether specific sites can be viewed as the loci of forgetting or, recalling and critiquing Pierre Nora’s lieux de mémoire, can be studied as places of amnesia.

The conference will focus on – but not be limited to – the following overarching questions: How do the intersections of personal biography with historical events influence the way in which social groups remember and forget? What happens to the knowledge of events when there are no witnesses left? How do ceremonies and public events filter memory and amnesia?

Other questions will interrogate collective memory understood as a social discursive practice, rather than as an extension of personal and individual memory work. We hope this will encourage new and creative insights and contribution to memory studies, and indeed pave the way for a new focus on amnesia studies.

Explore topics of 18 panels in the programme of the conference, which can be found can be found in pdf format HERE Please note that the programme is subject to changes and will be updated.

Our keynote speakers are:
  • 5th April – Professor Carlo Ginzburg (UCLA/University of Pisa) on Unintentional Revelations. Rescuing the Past, Obliquely.
  • 6th April – Dr Paul Connerton (University of Cambridge) on The Inside and the Outside. Can the Human Body be a Place of Amnesia?

The conference is organised by Daria Mattingly, PhD Candidate in Slavonic Studies,Gruia Badescu, PhD Candidate in Architecture (Cambridge) and Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography (Oxford), Elena Zezlina, PhD Candidate in Italian and Maria Ana Correia, PhD Candidate in Anthropology. It is organised under the aegis of the Slavonic Studies Department at the University of Cambridge, with funding from the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Cambridge and the Centre for East European Language Based Studies.

This talk is part of the Slavonic Studies series.

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