19 – 20 October 2017 – Oral and Visual Memories of Migration: Interdisciplinary Responses and Approaches to the Bodies across Borders in Europe ProjectThe BABE research team is glad to announce a workshop with Utrecht University through CCHR (research focus area Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights). The workshop is envisioned as an institutional event (with the University) and an involvement with the city of Utrecht. It includes a session devoted to a conversation with Maria Hlavajova, director of BAK, Basis Voor Actuele Kunst. Scholars and artists/curators affiliated with Utrecht University who specialize in issues of migration, memory and visuality in relation to Europe are invited to present responses and reflections from their field of expertise on the aims and results of the BABE project. Programme Report on the Utrecht Workshop by Iris van Huis and Milica Trakilović
27-28 April 2017 – Dissonant Heritages Contestation of Meanings and Uses of Memory in Today´s Europe WorkshopHeritage is an ongoing process of negotiation and contestation of the meanings of the past considered important for the present. Relations among different actors and communities in the processes and practices of heritage are not always cooperative and harmonious, but contested and competitive. With the concept of dissonant heritage Turnbridge and Ashworth (1996) have referred to heritages that include a discordance of different stories and a lack of agreement and consistency in the way the past is represented and memories used in public spheres. The aim of the workshop is to show that Europe does not have one heritage, rather a plurality of traditions, within which contradictions and ruptures of social, cultural and political nature have been present in different times and places. The intent is to contribute to an erosion of Europe’s cultural heritages from within, studying the multiform developments of a fractured past (Milton) from the point of view of cultural history. In the workshop, the dissonances between different heritages (as well as the internal ones) will be discussed in relation to a variety of topics central to the two ERC projects conveners of the meeting. Such are: East–West and center–periphery divisions of Europe, internal and external border-making and border-crossing in Europe, Europe´s colonial past and its post-colonial criticism, migrant and post-migrant experiences, narration and re-narration of Europe´s conflictual past, and the production of the idea of a European heritage and identity in ‘authorized heritage discourses’ (Smith 2006). Heritage is approached in the workshop as a ‘memory complex’, an assemblage of practices, affects and physical things (Macdonald 2013), that brings to attention the contestation of identities, feelings of belonging, and remembering the past in today´s Europe. This perspective emphasizes the relevance of forms of embodied memory against the often de-materialized dominant notions of archive, heritage and patrimoine culturel. Programme
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
List of PapersLuisa Passerini (BABE Principal Investigator), Living Archives. Continuity and Innovation in the Art of Memory Catherine Previti Allaire (archiviste aux AHUE), La Collection d’histoire orale des Archives historiques de l’Union européenne