Objects and Memory : Engendering Private and Public Archives

March 23, 2007, 1-7PM, 612 Schermerhorn, Columbia University
»A Workshop with: Lila Abu-Lughod, Patricia Dailey, Marianne Hirsch, Andreas Huyssen, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Nancy K. Miller, Valerie Smith, Silvia Spitta, Leo Spitzer and Kate Stanley
»And Featuring Artist Presentations: Lorie Novak “Reverb”, Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock “Things Matter: Tracing Objects across Artistic Practice”
How do objects carry memory across space and time? How do they mediate loss and forgetting, exile and diaspora? More than props or exhibits of historical evidence, material objects are inscribed with the physical and affective traces of memorial transmission across cultures and generations. Looking at how objects mediate memory in familial and social life, and in political discourses and in public archives — at how they are used, collected, exchanged, and exhibited — this half-day workshop will explore, in particular, the gendering of familial transmission and the engendering of archives.
Brief presentations will center on a particular object or image, trace its histories across the private and public realms, and reflect on the theoretical issues it raises for the engendering of memory, genealogy and transmission.
Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Cultural Memory Colloquium, English and Comparative Literature, and Art History
No registration necessary.
For more information contact Vina Tran vtt2103@columbia.edu
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