Colloquium: Marianne Hirsch

Date(s) - 09/13/2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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BYU Humanities Center welcomes Marianne Hirsch, William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and Director of the Center for the Study of Social Difference, as the first guest in our fall colloquium series on Thursday, September 13 at 3:00 PM in 4010 JFSB.

Title: “Stateless Memory”

Responding to the renewed monumentality we find in memory museums, memorials and commemorative rituals that perpetuate nationalism and ethnocentrism, my paper looks at two recent memorial projects by feminist diasporic artists from different parts of the world — projects that explore both the vicissitudes and the vulnerabilities of exile and statelessness. Stateless memory, as a suspension or hiatus in time and space, suggests ways of mobilizing the memory of painful pasts in a different time frame than the progression toward pre-ordained futures that often seem inevitable in the space-time of the nation-state and the catastrophes it causes and suffers. I want to suggest that stateless memory can open up the possibility of imagining alternative relationships between contemporary subjects and citizenship, national belonging, and home, as well as alternate temporalities of becoming.

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