BABE & OHMA 2017 Oral History Summer Seminar
MEMORY, VISUALITY, AND MOBILITY
June 19-30, 2017 Florence, ItalyBabe project, headed by Professor Luisa Passerini, and the Oral History Master of Arts Program at Columbia University, directed by Professor Mary Marshall Clark, worked together in order to define the programme of the Summer School ‘Memory, Visuality and Mobility’ which will be held at the European University Institute from June 19 to June 30. The two-week long intensive seminar will host multiple and various interventions in the field of contemporary migrations and diasporas: the course will draw on case studies and materials from the ongoing Bodies Across Borders research project. From a theoretical point of view, the summer school is consecrated to the study of the connection between visuality, memory and mobility. This innovative perspective is at the core of the Babe project and its research paths in the field of cultural history. During the summer school, Babe team will be involved in giving lectures on visual memory, cultural archives and mobile memories, colonial and postcolonial visual memories, oral and visual memory in/for teaching. Potential participants can find more information (applications, costs and requirements) here
Oral and Visual Memories of People Carrying the Status of ‘Migrant’ in Italy and the Netherlands: Ethical, Terminological and Cultural Reflections – Wednesday 26 October, European University Institute, FlorenceLecture in the framework of the History Departmental Colloquium, European University Institute, Florence – Wednesday 26 October at 15:30 This presentation is based on the ongoing European Research Council Project “Bodies Across Borders: Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond”, located at the Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence. The project combines various directions of research (cultural history, cultural geography, memory studies, as well as gender and visual studies) concerning the construction of emerging forms of European memory and identity. Among those is the survey and analysis of products by visual artists on working on topics of migration to Europe. Selected works are presented to migrants in the course of individual and collective interviews. The interviewees are then requested to produce in their turn visual images of their migration itineraries, through the media of photography, drawing and video. The resulting documentation of oral and visual memories involves numerous scientific and ethical problems, among which the question of terminology regarding the process of mobility towards Europe and the typification of heterogeneous groups of people as “migrants” and “refugees.” The critical assessment of these problems is the intellectual contribution that we as researchers can give to the present European situation, labelled by the media as “the migrant crisis”. The BABE research project being midway, it will be presented as work-in-progress, evidencing the problems of collection and interpretation as well as of archiving and disseminating our results For further information please refer to seminar and events
Session Programme:Thursday 14 14:00 – 17:00 The Historical Archives of the European Union-Villa Salviati Presentation of the BABE Research Project “Bodies Across Borders : Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond” Liliana Ellena and Leslie Hernández-Nova (European University Institute, Department of History and Civilization, Florence) The Historical Archives of the European Union Dieter Schlenker (HAEU Director, European University Institute, Florence) 15:30 – 15:45 Afternoon Break Visit of the Historical Archives of the European Union Full UDPN École d’été Programme “Usages des Patrimoines Numérisés”
Joint Initiative of Professors Alexander Etkind and Luisa Passerini.
This workshop aims to explore the connections between various forms of memory and their recording, transmission and preservation through different media, as these have been developing in the last fifty years across the globe. Particular relevance will be given to exchanges and osmosis between cultural and geopolitical areas as well as fields of knowledge and the arts.Programme
05 June – 9:30 to 17:30The workshop is aimed to discuss methodological approaches to the intersection between memory and mobility in visual works and contemporary artistic practices as one of the key concerns of the Bodies across Borders. Oral and Visual Memory in Europe and Beyond (BABE) Research Project. Invited researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds will offer the opportunity to focus on transversal issues such as: the relationship between different forms of visuality; connections and discontinuities between social memory processes and aesthetics; social practices involved in processes of production, circulation, exhibition, and reception of artistic works. In each session two invited scholars will present papers followed by responses from members of the Project Research team Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze, Italy MORNING SESSION : AESTHETIC TRACES OF TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL TRANSITS Chair: Graziella Bonansea (BABE Research Associate, EUI) Pascal Dubourg Glatigny (CNRS, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris): Déplacements et restrictions du champ d’intervention artistique au rythme des migrations (abstract) Chiara Bertola (Senior Curator, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venezia): Conserver le futur: temporalités et travail dans le contemporain AFTERNOON SESSION : ARCHIVAL AND MAPPING IMPULSES IN ARTISTIC AND VISUAL PRACTICES Chair: Liliana Ellena (BABE Research Associate, EUI) Giovanna Zapperi (École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Bourges): The Archive as a Contact Zone Simon Harvey (Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, Trondheim): Mapping Transitions: Counter-Cartographical Responses to Flow and Fixity in a World of Mobility (abstract) Programme