Andrei Zavadski has participated in the second annual Memory Studies Association conference. The event took place on December 14-16, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark and brought together over 600 researchers from all over the world. Mr. Zavadski presented a paper on searching the Internet as a mnemonic practice co-authored by himself and Florian Toepfl (the article based on this paper was published by the journal Media, Culture & Society on March 13, 2018).
The participants of the panel "Digital Memories" included:
Chair: Joanna Niżyńska, Center Indiana University
1. Andrei Zavadski, Freie Universität Berlin: Engaging with the past algorithmically: Search engines and mnemonic practices
2. David Farrell-Banks, Newcastle University: Finding meaning in Magna Carta: Tweeting memory and national identity
3. Horst-Alfred Heinrich, University of Passau: From individual to collective memory: do the negotiations on the Wikipedia discussion pages lead to cultural memory?
4. Mykola Makhortykh, University of Amsterdam: Digital media as a transnational memory agency: Remembering MH17 in Wikipedia
5. Silvana Mandolessi, KU Leuven: No man’s land: Interrogating placelessness in digital memories
6. Monika Stobiecka, University of Warsaw: A chance to remember? Digital repositories of endangered heritage
The full programme of the conference can be viewed here.
The Memory Studies Association was launched symbolically at its inaugural conference in Amsterdam (3-5 December 2016), which was attended by around 200 scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines. It was legally registered on June 26, 2017 in the Netherlands. The MSA aims to be a professional association for Memory Studies scholars, as well as those who are active in museums, memorial institutions, archives, the arts and other fields engaged in remembrance. The objective is to become the most important forum for the memory field – both through an annual, international and interdisciplinary conference and through a strong online presence.