University College Dublin and the COST ISTME Network
will host a postgraduate training school in transcultural memory studies
29 August-2 September 2016
that will overlap with COST ISTME final
Conference "Locating and Dislocating Memory"
The training school is for PhD candidates who wish to participate in the Network’s research activities. The aim is to introduce PhD candidates to the Network’s theoretical and methodological approaches to transcultural memory, and to prepare PhD researchers for professional engagement in these fields.
The Research Network In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe is a COST funded Action that aims to go beyond the nationally oriented memory studies that tend to reify the bond between culture, nation and memory. Instead we investigate the transcultural dynamics of memory in Europe today. Studying how memories of the troubled twentieth century are transmitted and received across Europe, the Action explores the tension between attempts to create a common European memory, or a unitary memory ethics, on the one hand and numerous memory conflicts stemming from Europe’s fragmentation into countless memory communities on the other.
Drawing on recent theoretical insights that point to the importance of memory migration, mediation and new media the Action seeks to develop new methods for studying and comparing effects of memory transmission over cultural borders. The Action aims to develop European memory studies theoretically and methodologically by focusing on transculturality, agency and reception – and to contribute to finding ways of accommodating memory conflicts.
The training school will consist of a two-day workshop during which PhD candidates will have the opportunity to present their work and receive personalised feedback from workshop moderators. Participants will also attend lectures by leading scholars in the field, including Professor Astrid Erll, Professor Michael Rothberg, Professor Susannah Radstone, and Professor Francoise Vergès.
The focus of the training school at UCD will be in line with the Network’s concentration on transcultural memory in Europe, with particular attention paid to issues of mediation, migration and conflict in the context of the theme of locating and dislocating memory.
Participants will be selected by a steering committee. Applicants should send:
- a cover letter explaining your reasons for applying to the School
- a CV
- an abstract of doctoral research (max 500 words)
- and a 10-page paper or research chapter
to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1st. The Network is able to offer a number of grants to cover travel and accommodation expenses. Please indicate in your application if you will need a grant.