18 episodes

In this podcast series, Paul Leworthy will be talking to leading academics about memory. As well as presenting some aspect of their research, each episode's guest speaker will be invited to discuss what the term 'memory' means in the context of their research.

For more information about the Connecting Memories research initiative, please visit: www.connectingmemories.org.

The Connecting Memories Podcast Paul Leworthy

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In this podcast series, Paul Leworthy will be talking to leading academics about memory. As well as presenting some aspect of their research, each episode's guest speaker will be invited to discuss what the term 'memory' means in the context of their research.

For more information about the Connecting Memories research initiative, please visit: www.connectingmemories.org.

    On memory and comparison with guest speaker Prof Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles)

    On memory and comparison with guest speaker Prof Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles)

    The guest speaker for this episode is Prof Michael Rothberg (University of California, Los Angeles).

    Prof Rothberg presents a talk entitled ‘Debating Holocaust Memory: The Politics of Comparison in Contemporary Germany’ and we discuss the ethics of Holocaust comparisons, Holocaust memory in a postmigrant society, and the recent public debate in Germany known as the Historikerstreit 2.0 (Historians’ Dispute 2.0).

    • 1 hr 1 min
    On memory, media and nostalgia with guest speaker Prof Katharina Niemeyer (Université du Québec à Montréal)

    On memory, media and nostalgia with guest speaker Prof Katharina Niemeyer (Université du Québec à Montréal)

    The guest speaker for this episode is Prof Katharina Niemeyer (Université du Québec à Montréal).

    Prof Niemeyer presents a talk entitled ‘The Power of Nostalgia’. In her talk and in the discussion that follows, Prof Niemeyer talks about the wide range of scholarly approaches to the idea of nostalgia, its ‘bright’ and ‘dark’ forms, as well as technostalgia, and retro and vintage objects.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    On memory and (im)purity with guest speaker Prof Max Silverman (University of Leeds)

    On memory and (im)purity with guest speaker Prof Max Silverman (University of Leeds)

    The guest speaker for this episode is Prof Max Silverman (University of Leeds).

    Prof Silverman presents a talk entitled ‘Impure Memory’ and we discuss the links between memory and identity, the idea that memory is never pure, and the crucial contribution of art to memory cultures.

    • 55 min
    On memory, materiality and waste with guest speaker Dr László Muntean (Radboud University Nijmegen)

    On memory, materiality and waste with guest speaker Dr László Muntean (Radboud University Nijmegen)

    The guest speaker for this episode is Dr László Muntean (Radboud University Nijmegen).

    Dr Muntean presents a talk entitled ‘Memory and Materiality: The Afterlife of the World Trade Center’. In his talk and in the discussion that follows, Dr Muntean thinks about memory materially, charting what subsequently happened to certain of the material remains of the World Trade Center and considering some of the ethical issues surrounding these ‘afterlives’.

    • 55 min
    On memory, memorials and meaning with guest speaker Prof James Young (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

    On memory, memorials and meaning with guest speaker Prof James Young (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

    The guest speaker for this episode is Prof James Young (University of Massachusetts Amherst).
    Prof Young presents a talk entitled ‘The Memorialist’ and we discuss the processes of meaning-making and interpretation that memorials are engaged in as well as the ways in which they contribute to memory cultures in different contexts.

    • 57 min
    On Coronavirus and Collective Memory with Guest Speaker Prof Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt) - Covid-19 Pandemic Anniversary Special

    On Coronavirus and Collective Memory with Guest Speaker Prof Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt) - Covid-19 Pandemic Anniversary Special

    The guest speaker for this episode is Prof Astrid Erll (Goethe University Frankfurt).

    Prof Erll presents a talk entitled ‘Coronavirus and Collective Memory’. In her talk and in the discussion that follows, Prof Erll reflects on the interrelation of collective memory and the pandemic, reviewing her mid-pandemic thinking with two years’ hindsight.

    The talk in this episode (10.50-52.28) is a lightly edited version of the lecture Prof Erll delivered as the keynote at the Connecting Memories 2020 online symposium, which can also be viewed at https://youtu.be/C3HXF5ZoEA0. All other material is new.

    This podcast is one of two extended specials to mark the two-year anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s declaration of a global pandemic on 11 March 2020.

    • 1 hr 10 min

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