Women Creating Change: Mobilizing Memory for Action


Women Creating Change: Mobilizing Memory for Action
September 15-20, 2014

Organizers:
Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University
Jean Howard, Columbia University
Diana Taylor, New York University
Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabanci University, Istanbul

“Women Creating Change: Mobilizing Memory for Action” explores the politics of memory in the aftermath of the atrocities of the twentieth century in comparative global perspective from the unique perspective of social difference. Focusing on the shaping role of gender in the structures of war, militarism and political violence, the working group analyzes the strategies by which women artists, scholars and activists have succeeded in mobilizing the memory of gender-based violence to promote redress, social justice, and a democratic future. Looking specifically at gendered memory politics in Turkey, and its Kurdish and Armenian communities, the group will analyze these in a broader comparative context.

At the same time, it will probe the limits of comparative and connective approaches to memory politics. It will also look closely at the political efficacy of various media of memory, ranging from visual art, literature, journalism and performance to museums, memorials, and street actions. What role do these various media play in combatting the erasure of past violence from current memory and in creating new visions and new histories for future generations? The collaborations among the participants in the working group aim to create a space of solidarity and connection and lay the groundwork for a more hopeful future.

The meeting will consist of an art exhibit and artist talks on “Witnessing” at DEPO Gallery in Istanbul; two theater performances and post-performance discussions; documentary film showings and discussions; and a series of working group and public roundtables over five days on memory, media, gender and activism.

The Istanbul workshop is sponsored by the Blinken European Institute; the Center for the Study of Social Difference; the Columbia Global Center | Turkey; the DEPO Gallery, Istanbul; the Truth Justice Memory Center, Istanbul; the Frederich Ebert Foundation; and the Gender Forum at Sabanci University.

Women Creating Change: Mobilizing Memory for Action
September 15-20, 2014

Organizers:
Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University
Jean Howard, Columbia University
Diana Taylor, New York University
Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabanci University, Istanbul

“Women Creating Change: Mobilizing Memory for Action” explores the politics of memory in the aftermath of the atrocities of the twentieth century in comparative global perspective from the unique perspective of social difference. Focusing on the shaping role of gender in the structures of war, militarism and political violence, the working group analyzes the strategies by which women artists, scholars and activists have succeeded in mobilizing the memory of gender-based violence to promote redress, social justice, and a democratic future. Looking specifically at gendered memory politics in Turkey, and its Kurdish and Armenian communities, the group will analyze these in a broader comparative context.

At the same time, it will probe the limits of comparative and connective approaches to memory politics. It will also look closely at the political efficacy of various media of memory, ranging from visual art, literature, journalism and performance to museums, memorials, and street actions. What role do these various media play in combatting the erasure of past violence from current memory and in creating new visions and new histories for future generations? The collaborations among the participants in the working group aim to create a space of solidarity and connection and lay the groundwork for a more hopeful future.

The meeting will consist of an art exhibit and artist talks on “Witnessing” at DEPO Gallery in Istanbul; two theater performances and post-performance discussions; documentary film showings and discussions; and a series of working group and public roundtables over five days on memory, media, gender and activism.

The Istanbul workshop is sponsored by the Blinken European Institute; the Center for the Study of Social Difference; the Columbia Global Center | Turkey; the DEPO Gallery, Istanbul; the Truth Justice Memory Center, Istanbul; the Frederich Ebert Foundation; and the Gender Forum at Sabanci University.