Andrei Zavadski has taken part in the postgraduate symposium "Transnational Memory in the 21st century" organized jointly by King's College London and the University of Leeds, UK. The event took place on September 23, 2016 at King's College London. Andrei presented his PhD project, "Remembrance and Dissent: Digital Memories of the 1990s as a Constitutive Element of an Emergent Counterpublic in Russia".
Keynote presentations at the symposium were given by Professor Joanne Garde-Hansen of the University of Warwick, UK and Professor Stef Craps of Ghent University, Belgium.
Prof. Garde-Hansen dedicated her talk to "social memory technology" as a transnational approach to memory. The approach is conceptualised "as a distinctly personal, low resource and participatory contribution to the current memory boom, growing heritage industries and developing memory cultural policies" and addresses remembering as an everyday practice using media tools for socialization, transfer and communication. The paper focused on memory as belonging to the person, as opposed to state-operated memory institutions and memory narratives mediated within and across national borders. As an example of the application of "social memory technology" Prof. Garde-Hansen named Brazil's Museum of the Person (Museu da Pessoa), with the museum's director Karen Worcman giving the symposium's participants a short video address.
Prof. Craps, in turn, spoke about "discontents" of transnational memory. Having briefly reviewed the field of Memory Studies, he focused on the so called "third phase" of its development posited by Astrid Erll in her essay "Travelling Memory" (2011). The essay celebrated the transnational or transcultural turn in global remembrance that arose from scholars' opposition to the methodological nationalism of Memory Studies. According to Erll, this turn began the third stage of Memory Studies (the first stage marked by the work of Maurice Halbwachs and the second, by the publication of Pierre Nora's "Lieux de memoire"). In his keynote address, Prof. Craps called "for a healthy dose of scepticism" in relation to the overly-optimistic belief in the emancipatory potential of transnational or transcultural memory.
The programme of the symposium can be downloaded here.