Terrorscapes. Transnational memory of Totalitarian Rule, Terror and Mass Violence

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Digitization and (Trans-)National Memory
Workshop Program
10.00-10.15 Ellen Rutten, Introduction
10.15-11.15 Alexander Etkind (University of Cambridge), Keynote Lecture ‘The Memory Boom: A View
from Eastern Europe’
11.15-11.40 Coffee break
Transnationalizing memory studies
Chiara de Cezari, ‘Thinking Memory Transnationally’
Luiza Bialasewicz, ‘Mapping Memory Across and Beyond Europe’
Trans-European memory?
Rob van der Laarse (VU/UvA), ‘Terrorscapes. Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Rule, Terror and
Mass Violence in Postwar Europe’
Astrid van Weyenberg, ‘Repairing Europe’
13.00-14.30 Lunch break
Post-Soviet digital memories
Galina Zvereva (RSUH Moscow), ‘National Memory Technologies on Youtube: Construing the Soviet’
Mykola Makhortykh, ‘Different Shades of Neutrality: World-War-II Memories in Wikipedia’
15.10-15.30 Coffee break
The digital, the transgenerational: family & postcolonial memory
Paul Bijl, ‘Transnational Memories of Colonized Voices’
David Duindam, ‘Familial Traces: Digital Judaism in Minahasa’
Ihab Saloul, ‘Post-Memory & Oral History: Transgenerational Memory in Exile’
16.30-17.00 Concluding discussion
17.00. Festive closing at ‘De Zwart’ (http://www.yelp.nl/biz/cafe-de-zwart-amsterdam-2).

Rob van der Laarse
Terrorscapes. Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Rule, Terror and Mass Violence in Postwar Europe.
Terrorscapes is a transdisciplinary, international network of scholars and professionals that will critically analyze how, where, when and/or if key places and times of twentieth-century terror and mass violence in Europe are presented, interpreted and represented. We use a range of perspectives and
methodologies, as well as a comparative approach, to analyze how ‘memory discourses’ operate as vehicles of local, national, continental and global identity building in the present. We seek to understand both what happened as well as how the space-times of memory have been collectively remembered, instrumentalized or forgotten. Rather than emphasize more ’subjective’ or
‘objective’ approaches to memory, we aim to call attention to the complex interactions of materiality, texts and practices which may result in the re- and co-constitution of subject-object relations. For example:
• How are material remnants converted into traces and monumentalized (or forgotten)?
• How are witnesses included and created in archives and then used in historiography?
• What are the relations between fictional and historical narrations and how are they mediated
through particular ‘discursive genres’ (movies, tv-series, other mass-media and new technologies of
• How do different types of memory places (memorials, museums, monuments, archaeological
digs, artistic performances, ritual ceremonies, cemeteries, forgotten landscapes) and their afterlives
manifest and mediate diverse memory-making policies?
• How is memory narrated through space?
• How is collective memory performed through “spatial practices” (tourism, commemorations,
Through our collective comparative approach to Terrorscapes, we pay attention to spatial narratives of memory, through geographical spaces and scales, material culture and landscapes, mediated ‘scapes’, national and regional heritage claims, and transcultural processes.
We anticipate that the outcomes of our collaborative and comparative research may provide new models and conceptual maps that may help address and allow various parties to work through heritage dissonances, and contested and painful pasts. For this reason we work with a range of other international networks and institutions.
Period18 Mar 2013
Event titleDigitization and (Trans-)National Memory, workshop research domain Heritage and Memory of Conflict, ACCHI-UvA
Event typeWorkshop