Events of the Max Planck Research Group "Empires of Memory" (in descending order)

Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen

"Material Temporalities"

Workshops, conferences 2020
A workshop organized by Jeremy F. Walton (MPI-MMG), Patrick Eisenlohr (CeMIS, University of Göttingen) and Sasha Newell (Université Libre de Bruxelles) [more]

"EDINOST & EUROPEAN EDINOST. Co-writing and Art platforms for dialogue on Memory politics, migration & antifascism"

  • Date: Oct 14, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Speaker: Alessio Mazzaro (IUAV University Venice)
  • Alessio Mazzaro (Italy, 1985) is a visual artist, director and researcher on questions of history. His practice mainly involves sound pieces and performance, using field recordings, interviews, and discursive and participatory practices. Working on the discrepancies between subjectivity and history, he is attracted by peculiar voices that speak of a more complex and human history and reality. He graduated in Envioronmental Engineering (Bsc and Msc), and studied Fine Art and Theatre at IUAV University (BA). Mazzaro has given performances in different workshops at important institutions such as Biennale College Teatro (Venice) and Workspace Brussels. In recent years he was an assistant of Flaka Haliti at the 56th Biennale d’Arte di Venezia and of Petrit Halilaj at the 55th Biennale (Kosovo Pavilion, 2015, 2013).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
This October, Alessio Mazzaro will run a workshop as part of the activities of the Stadtlabor, to co-create and co-write a fanzine publication on co-habitation in Europe. The fanzine represents the new issue of European Edinost, an editorial project and investigation run by Mazzaro within the program “Courageous Citizens of the European Cultural Foundation.” On this occasion the lecture will present the story of Edinost, starting with its two years of activity in Trieste (Italy) as a communi-ty-based project, and, then, its European journey. [more]

"Through the Looking Glass of the Local: Rereading Istanbul’s Heterogeneous Pasts"

Workshops, conferences 2017
Like any city of its size and longevity (but, then, is there any other city of both its size and longevity?), Istanbul can only be described by way of a series of contrasts that both demand and defy reconciliation: both palimpsest of historical strata and kaleidoscope of the contemporary; both text to be interpreted and object that frustrates interpretation; both brand commodity and site of silenced memories; both consumerist utopia and dystopian urban noir; both target of political-economic projects and uneven topography of powers past and present; both mundane lifeworld and myth; both the reflective nostalgia of lugubrious hüzün and the restorative nostalgia of Neo-Ottoman pomp; both May 1st and May 27th; both Gezi and Çamlıca. [more]

"Approximately 52 seconds: the time of prior commitment"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2017
  • Date: Jul 12, 2017
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Speaker: William Mazzarella (University of Chicago)
  • William Mazzarella is the Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 2001. His work deals with the political anthropology of mass publicity. He is, in addition to a broad range of articles on media, aesthetics, affect, and crowds, the author of Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (2003), Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (2013), and The Mana of Mass Publicity (2017). He is also the editor of K D Katrak: Collected Poems (2016) and the co-editor, with Raminder Kaur, of Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction (2009).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Diversity and the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory“ [more]

"Skopje 2014: Monumentalizing the Past for a Majoritarian Present?"

Workshops, conferences 2017
Over the past decade, Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, has witnessed a spectacular transformation in its urban environment. A project known as “Skopje 2014,” spearheaded by former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, endowed the center of city with a plethora of neoclassical and neo-Baroque monuments, including a victory arch reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, a massive statue of Philip II of Macedon, and an even larger version of Alexander the Great, perched on an outsize plinth at the center of the city’s main square. [more]

"Ambivalent Legacies: Memory and Amnesia in Post-Habsburg and Post-Ottoman Cities"

Workshops, conferences 2017
The empires that once defined the political geography of Europe are no more. One cannot meet a Prussian, Romanov, Habsburg, or Ottoman today; these dusty categories of affiliation have ceded to myriad national identities. Yet it would be mistaken to assume that Europe’s bygone empires have become mere relics of history. Imperial pasts continue to inspire nostalgia, identification, pride, anxiety, skepticism, and disdain in the present. The afterlives of empires as objects of memory exceed historical knowledge, precisely because these afterlives shape and recast the present and the future. Simultaneously, present- and future-oriented imperatives accentuate imperial pasts in selective ways, yielding new configurations of post-imperial amnesia as well as memory. Our conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars working on post-imperial legacies in relation to a variety of specific cities, including Vienna, Istanbul, Budapest, Sarajevo, Trieste, Thessaloniki, Zagreb, and Belgrade. Our contributors pursue the politics and cultures of memory in relation to two general, interrelated questions: What are the effects of imperial legacies on contemporary cities? and, How do present-day urban processes reshape the forms of post-imperial memory and forgetting? [more]

"Workshop in Visual Ethnography"

Workshops, conferences 2017
organized by the Max Planck Research Group "Empires of Memory" [more]
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