The 2016 Leslie Brooks lecture will take place Thursday 17th March at 5pm in the Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre:
Professor Marianne Hirsch, Columbia – Small Acts: Mobilizing Memory Across Borders
How can the memory of violent pasts be mobilized for a more progressive and hopeful future? This talk responds to the renewed monumentality we find in memory museums, memorials and commemorative rituals that perpetuate nationalism and ethnocentrism. Connecting the memory of the Holocaust with that of other histories of political violence, the talk searches for mobile and mutable artistic practices that can effect little resistances and small acts of repair.
Professor Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Born in Romania, she was educated at Brown University. Before moving to Columbia, she taught at Dartmouth College. Hirsch’s work combines feminist theory with memory studies, particularly the transmission of memories of violence across generations. Her most recent book is The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2012).