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Bulletin 2/2023

Bulletin 2/2023

Dear members of the Slow Memory Community,

We hope that you are enjoying spring time at the moment. It is time for the second instalment of the Slow Memory Bulletin, the newsletter to keep you in the loop on events, projects, publications, and more…

If you would like to share your news, contact the communication team Frédéric Clavert and Hanna Teichler.

Second Annual Meeting and Training School in Aarhus, Denmark (June 12-16)

June is right around the corner, and so is our Second Annual Meeting. The local organizers Sara Dybris McQuaid and Tea Sindbaek Andersen as well as the Core Group have worked long hours to plan and organize the event, and it is taking shape: In addition to the Training School on Slow Memory Methodology on June 12 and 13, there will be a workshop on memory and walking, led by Belinda Castles, and another one on artistic research methods, hosted by Yilmaz Vurucu. Apart from the individual Working Group Meetings, the Second Annual Meeting introduces the format “Key Insights” to the Slow Memory Cost Action.

Are you planning on coming and want to know more? Visit our website for more detailed information, including regarding travel and accommodation. This page will be updated continually. The deadline to receive funding to attend this Meeting has now passed, but do contact us if you would like to come with your own funding.

Change in Leadership of Working Group 3: Transformation of Politics

Maija Spurina (Riga) and Sara Jones (Birmingham) have been elected as the new Co-chairs of Working Group 4. Welcome and thank you for your commitment! We also thank Sarah Gensburger and Saygun Gökariksel, the former chairs, for their input and time.

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) and Fellowships

A central aim of this Cost Action is to facilitate exchange and foster interdisciplinarity. To that end, members of the Action were invited to submit applications for short-term scientific missions. The following applicants will be undertaking STSMs this spring: Orli Fridman (to Croatia), Naum Trajanovski (to Belgrade), Thomas van de Putte (to Birmingham), and Josef Djordjevski (to Croatia). Congratulations to the recipients, and thank you, Deniz Gündogan Ibrisim and Vjeran Pavlakovic, for organizing the process! Visit our website to read about last year’s missions.

We also extend our congratulations to Emina Zoletic for having been awarded the Fulbright Foreign Student Fellowship. Emina will spend the next academic year at Syracuse University, USA. Jenny Wüstenberg is currently a Rachel Carson-Simone Veil Fellow at LMU Munich, and will continue to work on her monograph on Slow Memory.

Working Papers

Another key element of this Cost Action are the publications that emerge from it. And we are delighted to share with you the first three Working Papers. Visit our website to read:

  • “Conceptualizing Conflict. Transformation as Forms of Peace Building to Take in Slow Memory”, Sara Dybris McQuaid for Working Group 4
  • “Beyond Event Only? Processes of Conflict Transformation and Memory Politics/Slow Memory after Conflict”, Orli Fridmann and Vjeran Pavlakovic for Working Group 4
  • “Process, Structure, Intervention: Notes on Eventful Environmental Memory”, Hanna Teichler for Working Group 5

Planning Ahead

The core group has set a (rough) schedule of in-person meetings for the remainder of the Action. Please note that these are not set in stone, but it should give you some idea of what to expect. Training Schools and Meetings are open to anyone in the Action, Core Group meetings are open to the Core Group and anyone involved in creating the exhibition, educational or policy materials, as the case may be. We will also try to organize some writing retreats open to anyone working on Slow Memory outputs, if the budget allows.

  • March 2024: Core Group/Exhibition meeting in Pristina
  • May 2024: Training School and Meeting in Belgrade
  • September 2024: Core Group/Education meeting in Belfast/Derry
  • Spring 2025: Core Group/Policy meeting in Prague
  • Early summer 2025: Final Action Conference in Portugal

 

Miscellaneous

 

  • The Slow Memory Reading Groupwill meet next on May 22 at 6 PM CET via Everyone in the Action is welcome to attend, whether or not you have been before. This time, we will be reading the two articles on palaeoecology (attached).

  • New Journal in Memory Studies: Meet the Memory Studies Review!
    Memory Studies Reviewprovides a unique platform for multidisciplinary research spanning a wide range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks across the field of memory studies. The journal is invested in exploring the ways in which the individual and collective, social and psychological, and political and cultural dimensions of memory interact with understandings of time, space, place, and scale. We are especially interested in the relationship between memory and environments of different kinds. The journal is co-edited by Erol Gülüm (Frankfurt/Instanbul), John Greaney (Frankfurt), Paul Leworthy (Edinburgh), Justyna Tabaszewska (Warsaw, Action Member) and Hanna Teichler (Frankfurt, Action Member). Find out more about the journal

See you soon in Aarhus!

With our best wishes,

Jenny Wüstenberg and Joanna Wawrzyniak (Action Co-Chairs)

Frédéric Clavert and Hanna Teichler ( Communication and Dissemination)

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