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Summer School “Moving Image Memory Cultures”

September 24 - September 28

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Organized by: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam, Brandenburg Center for Media Studies
Funded by: Volkswagen Foundation
Confirmed speakers: Alison Landsberg, Robert Burgoyne, Andreas Fickers, Wulf Kansteiner, Chris Kraus (film director)
Workshop leaders: Ilka Brombach/Andreas Kötzing, Dagmar Brunow, Nico de Klerk, Matthias Steinle/Ania Szczepanska
Applicants are requested to submit a short CV and a letter of motivation (approx. 200 words). Those currently pursuing research projects on a relevant subject that they wish to present/discuss within the framework of the Summer School should submit a short exposé (max. one page) in addition. The submission of an exposé is not mandatory.
Deadline for applications: June 3, 2018
Please send your applications to:
Chris Wahl: c.wahl@filmuniversitaet.de Christoph Classen: classen@zzf-potsdam.de
Travel and accommodation expenses will be refunded up to a certain amount. Meals are included.
Financial support for child care during the event is available and can be provided upon request.

The innovative core of the international Summer School lies in its conceptual intertwining of two defining phenomena of current and recent times. These are, on the one hand, the memory boom that swept western societies in the last third of the 20th century, and, on the other hand, the growing public presence of moving images that occurred in the course of the 20th century, and again more recently and more forcefully with digitization. Essential to this undertaking is an interdisciplinary exchange which also incorporates media practices.
The memory boom led to an accentuated preoccupation in Cultural Studies with concepts such as trauma or nostalgia, and the creation of new terms such as
memory culture, which has come to define public, non-academic interaction with the past. Few voices have attempted to relate the potentially fundamental impact of moving images, with their strategies for emotionalizing, personalizing and visualizing the past, to the paradigm shift from “history” to “memory”. The role moving images play within cultural memory processes still remains a desideratum. The basic idea of the Summer School is to investigate this role.
To steer the discussion we have defined a series of key terms and questions: – mediated memories: To what extent can moving images make “foreign” memories accessible?


September 24
September 28


Potsdam, DE
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