Conference to explore individual and collective memory

A conference taking place at York Sept. 14-16 will explore how individual and collective memory is affected and practised within the context of immigration, forced expulsions, war, and the movement of memory from generation to generation and through cultural media.

The Memory and Migration Conference, hosted by York’s Memory Culture Group, will explore cultural memory within this context. Scholars attending the conference include:

John Sundholm: University of Karlstad, Sweden
Mona Lindqvist: Centre for Traumatic Stress, Karlstad, Sweden
Tomasz Mazur: Institute of Philosophy, Warsaw University
Luiza Nader: Art History, Warsaw University
Zofia-Rosinska-Zielinska: Institute of Philosophy, Warsaw University
Veronika Zangl: Dept. of Literature, University of Amsterdam
Fadime Deli: University of Paris 8, France
Laurenn Guyot: Dept. of Political Science, University of Rennes I, France
Sonia Ben Soltane Stambouli: Universite Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille III, France
Nergis Canefe: Dept. of Political Science, York University
Amira Bojadzija-Dan: School of Social & Political Thought, York University
Belarie Zatzman: Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
Gottfried Paasche: Dept. of Sociology, York University
Yvonne Singer: Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
Amelia Bryne Potter: Communication & Culture, York University
Andreas Kitzmann: School of Arts & Letters, York University
Chowra Makaremi: Dept. of Anthropology, University of Montreal
Marlene Goldman: Dept. of English, University of Toronto
Monika Kin Gagnon: Communication Studies, Concordia University
Srdja Pavlovic: Dept. of History & Classics, University of Alberta
Russell Kilbourn: Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Warren Crichlow: Faculty of Education, York University

They will gather in Room 214 at Calumet College. Their presentations are grouped under five broad topics:  the ethics of memory, the discomforts of exile, genocide and the performance of memory, visual mnemonics, and memory and the everyday.

The Memory Culture Group is composed of two major clusters, headed by Professor John Sundholm of the Deptartment of Film Studies at Karlstad University, Sweden, and Professor Zofia Rosinska of the Philosophy of Culture program at  Warsaw University, Poland. Efforts are underway to establish a third cluster, organized by Julia Creet, Chair of the Department of English in York’s Faculty of Arts, and Andreas Kitzmann of the School of Arts & Letters in York’s Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies.

The Memory Culture Group has organized two international conferences, one in Warsaw and the other in Karlstad. It has generated three collections of essays: Memory Work (2005); Memory, Haunting, Discourse (2006); and the forthcoming On Time and Memory.

For more information about the conference, visit the Memory Culture Group Web site or contact Angie Mitrevski at

The Memory and Migration Conference has been made possible through an International Project Grant from the Office of the Vice-President Academic and the Office of the Vice-President of Research & Innovation at York University. Additional support has been provided through the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Office of the Dean, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies at York University.