New Directions in Memory Studies: MemoryHub@ANU Inaugural Symposium

Image: Still from Gabrielle Brady's Island of the Hungry Ghosts'

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 15 November 2022 to Wednesday 16 November 2022


Canberry Room, JG Crawford Building (132), Lennox Crossing, ANU


Rosanne Kennedy (CASS); Shameem Black (CHL, CAP); Lia Kent (RegNet, CAP)


Rosanne Kennedy

This inaugural symposium of the MemoryHub@ANU brings together researchers working in the dynamic field of memory studies to share their research in an interdisciplinary and international conversation.

This event will feature keynote talks by Professor Jenny Wüstenberg (Nottingham Trent University), founding co-president (Past) of the Memory Studies Association and chair of the Slow Memory Cost Action network, and Professor Sandra Young (University of Cape Town), a scholar of global south approaches in feminist memory studies and Shakespeare.

While showcasing research on memory across a range of sites, geographies, temporalities and media, the MemoryHub@ANU aims to facilitate fresh perspectives grounded in Australia’s southern hemisphere location, its deep First Nations history, its unique environment, its relations with Asia and the Pacific, and memory in the region. Panels will address these and other topics, such as slow memory, remembering the dead, transnational and diasporic memory, embodied memory, and engendering memory, with cases from a range of geographic and geopolitical contexts. The aim of this joint initiative of the College of Arts and Social Sciences and College of Asia and the Pacific is to facilitate opportunities for dialogue and collaboration across campus, around Australia and with an international network of memory scholars.

As a special event on Day One of the symposium, Paul Girrawah House (Ngambri and Ngunnawal custodian) will welcome us to country and take us on a campus walk featuring interpretations of tree carvings. On Day Two, the conference will conclude with a hands-on workshop, Commemorate, where participants will be invited to explore questions of commemoration through using tactile materials and craft methodologies.

Please find the program attached. The symposium will be in person, with one online session. Registration is free, but if you would like to participate, please register through Eventbrite, which is essential for catering purposes.

This event is brought to you by: ANU Gender Institute, College of Arts and Social Sciences, College of Asia and the Pacific, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics, School of Regulation and Global Governance, Global Alliances Seed Funding, “Decolonising Memory” Project, Cultural Creativity and Research in Asia and the Pacific: A School of Culture, History and Language Flagship, Gender, Media and Cultural Studies, School of Culture, History and Language.

COVID protocols

The ANU strongly encourages you to keep a mask with you at all times (for use when COVID-19 safe behaviours are not practicable) and to be respectful of colleagues, students and visitors who may wish to continue to wear one. Please continue to practice good hygiene. If you are unwell, please stay home. The ANU’s COVID Safety advice can be accessed here.

This seminar presentation will be in person, with one online session.

Image credit: Still from Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts’

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