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Georgia State University's Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design

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About the Symposium:
This two-day symposium scheduled for March 5-6, 2020 at Georgia State University will bring together a distinguished group of U.S. and international scholars to consider memorials and museums as important sites for truth telling and accounting for past violence. It will also explore how these sites narrate violent histories in particular ways—privileging some truths over others—and with distinct intents. The ongoing controversies about removing Confederate statues across the US – and especially in the South – are obvious examples of these dilemmas. In addition, we have planned an optional field trip on Saturday, March 7, 2020 to visit The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama.


Schedule of Events, Friday, March 6, 2020:
(all events in 1802, 25 Park Place)

9:00 AM
Coffee

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Negotiating National Memory and Contested Histories
Moderator: Natasha Zaretsky, New York University

• “Designing the Memory of Terror, Negotiating National Memory: The 9/11 Memorial/Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice/Legacy Museum” (Marita Sturken, New York University)

• “Sites of Memory, Sites of Resistance: Confronting the Aesthetics of Empire in Memorial Sites” (Michael Westberg and Blake Morley, Georgia State University)

• “An Elephant Never Forgets: Evolving Meanings of the Bremen (Anti-) Colonial Memorial” (Maria Gindhart, Georgia State University)

• “’Let me be dust’: Memory Beyond Testimony in South Korea (Melissa Karp, Duke University)

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Break

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Artistic Practice and Intervention: Sites of Remembering & Forgetting Contested
Pasts (Moderator: Ruth Stanford, Georgia State University)

• “Histories and Landscapes Embodied: Counter-Memorial Strategies in Southern Africa and Beyond” (Nicola Brandt, artist, Namibia)

• “Social Mobilization and Claims for Justice through Symbolic Acts and Monumental Interventions at Colombia’s Center for Memory Peace and Reconciliation” (Ricardo
Velasco, University of Texas at Austin)

• “The Participatory Monument: Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in the Public Sphere” (Merete Røstad, Oslo National Academy of the Arts)

• “Lubyanka: Dissonant Memories of Violence in the Heart of Moscow” (Margaret Comer, University of Cambridge)

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Reckoning with the Past: Local Memory, National and Transnational Influences (Moderator: Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University)

• “Countering White (Inter)nationalism: ‘Lost Cause’ Commemoration in a Global Context” (Brent J. Steele, University of Utah)

• “Objects and Conflict: The Jasenovac Collection, 1991-2006” (Alexandra Zaremba, American University)

• “Transforming Memorials of Reckoning and Memories of Violence: Cenotaphs and the
Headless Warrior as Hero/Victim in Rajasthan, India” (Teresa P. Raczek, Kennesaw State University and Namita S. Sugandhi, Hartwick College)

• “’The Best Class of Southern Slave-Holders:’ Athens, Georgia’s Black Mammy Memorial Institute” (Akela Reason, University of Georgia)

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Break

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Closing remarks and future plans

For more information, visit https://chrd.gsu.edu/events/reckoningsymposium/
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