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Michael J. Allen (Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, United States)
Michael's research concerns the place of war and memory in post-1945 U.S. politics. His 2009 book Until the Last Man Comes Home: POWs, MIAs, and the Unending Vietnam War explains the unprecedented concern for captive and missing Americans during and after the conflict as a response to U.S. defeat in Vietnam, arguing that the POW/MIA accounting effort was central to domestic political developments after 1968 and to U.S.-Vietnam relations.
Annalisa Capristo (Librarian, Centro Studi Americani, Rome, Italy)
Annalisa’s work focuses on anti-Jewish persecution in Italy under Fascist rule, particularly against Jewish scholars. She has published extensively and originally on the expulsion of Jewish intellectuals from Italian cultural institutions and activities in 1938 and has presented her work at international conferences in Germany, the United States, France and Norway. One line of her research examines the reactions of the Italian non-Jewish intellectuals to the Fascist persecution: silence, zealous acquiescence, isolated dissent. She also concentrates on the dynamics of memories regarding the anti-Semitic persecution in post-war Italy. Another line of her research involves the dynamics of memories of the persecuted Jews, both people who remained in Italy and people who emigrated after 1938. Annalisa’s current research project explores the different paths of the Italian Jewish emigration after 1938.
Anna Duszak (Full Professor of Linguistics, and Head of the Division of Discourse Studies at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw)
Her research interests cover discourse analysis, pragmatics, anthropological linguistics and critical discourse studies. Her publications include a monograph, Tekst, dyskurs, komunikacja międzykulturowa (PWN, 1998) and some ninety papers in scholarly collections and journals. She edited Culture and Styles of Academic Discourse (Mouton de Gruyter, 1997), and Us and Others: Social Identities across Languages, Discourses and Cultures (John Benjamins, 2002). She co-edited several volumes in English and Polish, most recently Language, Culture and the Dynamics of Age (Mouton de Gruyter, 2011).
Sam Edwards (Lecturer in American History, Manchester Metropolitan University)
Sam Edwards' PhD research examined sixty years of commemorative practices connected to the World War II activities of the United States military in Europe. His thesis argued that the collective memories produced by such activities structured and re-structured the past according to the psychological, political and cultural imperatives of a particular moment in time, imperatives that included, for example, veterans' life cycle and the discourses of Cold War transatlantic politics. Following recent work in the field of collective memory therefore, Sam suggested that in the production of collective memories the past is always scripted according to the politics and circumstances of the present. Sam is currenty a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh where he is working to prepare his PhD thesis for publication. From September 2010 Sam will return to the UK to take-up a Lectureship in American History at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Neil Foxlee (Associate Lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire)
Emily Keightley (Lecturer, Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University).
Dr Emily Keightley is a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. She is interested in the ways in which memory is experienced and performed in everyday life. She is particularly concerned with the ways in which media and communications technologies act as vehicles of memory in both public and private contexts and how individuals and groups make use of these in making sense of the past in relation to the present and future. She is pursuing these interests in the project ‘Media of Remembering’ in collaboration with Professor Michael Pickering.
Sarah Leggott (Associate-Professor, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Professor Leggott’s research focuses on the politics of memory in works by twentieth-century Spanish women writers. She has published journal articles and two books dealing with memory and life-writing, and has presented her work at international conferences in Spain, North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Sarah’s current research project focuses on the relationships between gender, memory and the representation of a traumatic past in narrative. Her study analyses recent novels by contemporary Spanish women writers that use the voices of women and children to contribute to the process of recovering historical memory in Spain. Her research discusses the complex relationship between remembering and forgetting in a society in which the articulation of the past has been forbidden, and considers the extent to which traces of traumatic experience might be effectively represented in fiction.
Kate C. Lemay (Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington)
An art historian, Kate's research focuses on the art and architecture of the American cemeteries in France from World War II. She addresses the range of functions, both original and more recent, that these cemeteries have performed: as war memorials, as diplomatic gestures, as Cold War political statements, as prompts for debate about Franco-American relations and even about the nature of French identity itself. Her research includes how these functions have changed and intertwined over time. Kate is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to conduct research in France as well as a Terra Foundation predoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Edward T. Linenthal (Professor of History, Indiana University)
Edward T. Linenthal is Professor of History and Editor of the Journal of American History at Indiana University, Bloomington. His books include: Preserving Memory: the Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum, and The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory.
Maria Mälksoo (Researcher, International Centre for Defence Studies, Estonia)
Dr Maria Mälksoo is a Senior Researcher and Mobilitas post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu, Estonia. She is a member of the Memory at War project, run by the University of Cambridge, and is in charge of the History and Memory research cluster at the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at Tartu. She earned her PhD in International Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2008. Maria is the author of The Politics of Becoming European: A Study of Polish and Baltic Post-Cold War Security Imaginaries (Routledge, 2010) and a co-author of Remembering Katyn (Polity, 2012). Her work on East European “memory wars”, liminality, and identity politics has been published in the Review of International Studies, European Journal of International Relations, Security Dialogue, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and in several edited volumes.
Marita Nadal (Senior Lecturer at the University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Currently, her main fields of research are Gothic fiction, memory and trauma, and modern and contemporary US literature and culture. Recent essays and publications include articles on William Golding, Edgar A. Poe, Joyce C. Oates, Flannery O’Connor and Shirley Jackson. As a member of Professor Susana Onega’s Excellence Research Group she organized an international Conference with Mónica Calvo in 2011: “Beyond Trauma: narratives of (im)possibility”, in which prestigious scholars such as Cathy Caruth, Avril Horner and Roger Luckhurst participated. At the moment, Marita Nadal and Mónica Calvo are preparing the edition of a volume that will include the revised and most outstanding contributions to this Conference.
Stig A. Nohrstedt (Professor in Media Studies, Örebro University, Sweden)
Stig's work concentrates on mediated recollections and reconstructions of wars since 1989 from the theoretical angle of globalisation and reflexivity in late-modernity. Stig has published widely in these interdisciplinary areas, reassessing journalistic representations of recent Balcanic conflicts, the Gulf War, the Afghnanistan and Iraq wars. His work will widen significantly the scope of the transnational dimension of Dynamics of Memories. The resulting collaborative work will increase its chronological scope, as unlike other conflicts studied, the interpretations were produced either at the same time that the events were taking place, or immediately after.
Michael Pickering (Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis, Loughborough University).
Michael Pickering is Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. He has published in the areas of cultural history and the sociology of culture as well as media analysis and theory, and is currently working on a media and memory project with Emily Keightley.
Cinta Ramblado (Lecturer, Limerick University, Ireland)
Cinta's research focuses on clandestine/subaltern narratives of memory in contemporary Spain. She has published extensively on the dynamics of memory and vindication in Spain and has given papers and lectures in Spain, Ireland and the UK on this topic. Her current project, for which she has recently been awarded one of the prestigious research fellowships of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) focuses on the importance of cultural representation through literature, testimony and film (both fictional and documentary) as complementary tools in the re-construction and recovery of clandestine/subaltern memories of historical experience in Spain. It focuses on the works of writers and film makers in Spain, particularly those who have not become part of the mediated phenomenon of the 'memory boom', who conceive their texts as instruments for the reinscription into national narratives of the experience of those who were socially and historical excluded from the official discourse of the authoritarian regime of Francisco Franco (1939-1975).
Alan Rice (Reader in American Cultural Studies, School of Journalism, University of Central Lancashire)
Alan Rice has worked on the interdisciplinary study of the Black Atlantic for the past decade. He is interested in the workings of transnational subaltern memory and in the memorials, physical, artistic and conceptual that African Atlantic peoples have constructed on three continents over three centuries. This study includes work on literature, visuals arts, gravesites, memorials and museums. Alan has been involved as a public academic on the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project in Lancaster, in documentaries on slavery and war, as editor in chief of the Revealing History Website and as a co-curator for the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester’s 2007-8 exhibition Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery. His current project looks at the process of the memorialisation of slavery and racism through case studies ranging from Manchester and Abraham Lincoln to an ethnography of Lancaster’s raising of the first quayside memorial to the victims of the slave trade in Britain in 2005. More information can be found here.
Dirk Rupnow (Lecturer, Institute for Contemporary History, University of Vienna, Austria)
Dirk has worked extensively and originally in the area of Holocaust and Jewish Studies, collaborating and disseminating his work in prestigious institutions which include the International Research Center for Cultural Studies IFK in Vienna, Duke University, the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Dartmouth College. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript on anti-Jewish scholarship in Nazi Germany. Dirk's work proposes that the Holocaust should not only be seen as the point of reference for memory in the post-war period, but also that the function of memory and remembrance should be investigated parallel and in direct connection to the policies of expulsion, expropriation, deportation, and extermination. For him, this Nazi 'politics of memory' affects and prefigures strategies and forms of remembrance and representation in the post-war period. They arise after 1945 not only as a response to the crimes but they find themselves already in a continuity of measures and projects of the perpetrators.
Kirk Savage (Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburg)
Kirk Savage is a professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America (Princeton, 1997) and Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape (University of California, 2009).
Anne L Walsh (Lecturer, Hispanic Studies, Cork University, Ireland).
Anne’s research interests focus on the thematic use of memory in contemporary Spanish narrative (prose fiction and film), in particular how writers exploit the unreliability and subjectivity of memory to undermine knowledge of the past (history). To date, publications have investigated this narrative use in Spanish popular fiction (written by authors such as Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Manuel Rivas, Isaac Rosa, Joaquín Leguina). Current research is exploring how memory (testimony or second-hand ‘rememories’) are weaved into fiction with the effect of making past events (particularly the Spanish Civil War and the following Franco Regime) relevant to the present and a significant tool in the fight against 'dismemory'.
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