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Bulletin 3/2023

Bulletin 3/2023

Dear Action Members,

This is the Third Newsletter Bulletin of the Slow Memory COST Action, and we hope that you have enjoyed an inspiring and productive academic year 2022/23.

Relaunch of the Slow Memory Webpage
We have been working in the past few months to improve our Slow Memory Website, and the new version is now online! Check it out for the latest news, publications, and to find information on events and meetings. Please also share with anyone interested in Slow Memory and via your social networks! We will continue to work on the website in the coming months, so do let us know if you have any suggestions and ideas.

Check out the Joint Bibliography that is now online! The Joint Bibliography is a collaborative project of the Slow Memory COST Action. Each Working Group collects relevant literature and adds them to their specific Zotero library. You can see all entries displayed below, or search for a specific Working Group. This project will be continuously updated and refined; the items in this collection will be gradually annotated. We warmlythank the Zotero Officers Paweł Downarowicz (Working Group 1), Vladimir Spina (Working Group 2), Ewa Tartakowsky (Working Group 3), Véronique Labonte (Working Group 4), Hanna Teichler (Working Group 5), and Hannah Wilson (Working Group 6)!

The Slow Memory Manifesto is now online!
The Slow Memory Manifesto aims to outline the intentions and goals of this Action. It was conceptualized within the core group and revised after feedback from the MC, but our thanks go out to Vjeran Pavlakovic, Chris Reynolds, Jenny Wüstenberg, and Steve Brown for writing and polishing the Manifesto. Check it out on our webpage!

Second Annual Meeting in Aarhus
The Action’s Second Annual Meeting and first Training School took place in Aarhus, Denmark from June 12 to 16. Meticulously organized by the Action Members Sara Dybris McQuaid (WG4 Co-Chair), Tea Sindbaek Andersen, and Annemarie Majlund, we spent five days discussing Slow Memory methodology, receiving input from guest speakers, meeting among the Working Groups, and enjoying some time at the beach, in museums, and at memorial sites. Check out the various Conference Reports here! This next Annual Meeting will be hosted by our colleagues Orli Fridman, Tamara Banjeglav, and Jovan Ivanović in Belgrade, Serbia in the final week of May 2024.

First Slow Memory Writing Retreat
In early September, 12 Action Members travelled to the Odenwald in the vicinity of Frankfurt/Main, Germany, to meet for the first Slow Memory Writing Retreat. The goal was to spend five days in recluse to focus on work related to the many forms of Slow Memory. We consider it a great success and are looking forward to organizing another retreat next year. Interested? Keep an eye out for the webpage and the newsletters.

Workshop: Slow Curating. Time, Memory and Representation

organized by WG6 Training & Capacity Building

Date: Friday, 10 November 2023, 2-4 pm (CET), on Zoom

Workshop Conveners: Alice Semedo and Vjollca Krasniqi 

Slow Curating workshop investigates ways in which slow forms of curating can activate ‘social time’ and re-articulate knowledge during times of acceleration. This approach regards time as emerging from the material, social, economic, and political forces. As a conceptual tool slow curating posits the urgency of challenging and disrupting conventional hierarchical knowledge and power nexus. It is only by breaking away from clock time and the duality of fast and slow, speed and forgetting, that accounts for different times and rhythms as sensed and performed in the world are rendered visible. This is an intentional approach to evoke ideas of subjectivity, situated knowledge, and partial perspectives, facilitating community engagement and collaboration grounded on values of justice, equality, solidarity, reciprocity, a historically informed understanding of the poetics of place, and hearing echoes of time. The workshop invites participants to think through the prism of curatorial work about slowness and memory and foster conversations on the pace and tone of curating memory today and future imagining. Find out more on our webpage, including information on how to join.              


  • Susana Gomes da Silva, Center for Modern Art, Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal
  • Blerta Hoçia, Humanitarian Law Center, Kosovo 
  • Vicky Karaiskou, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Slow Memory Deliverables: Call for Papers and Submissions
As we enter the third grant year, Action members have started to prepare publications on Slow Memory(deliverables for the Action). Watch this website for more Calls and information!

  • Call for Papers “Slow Memory. Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe”, Special Issue of Slovak Athnology/Slovensky národopis, edited by Monika Vrzgulová, Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, and Violeta Davoliūtė

Slow Memory Deliverables: Working Papers

Among the most important deliverables of this Action are the Working Papers. They aim to further the notion of Slow Memory and contribute to the conceptual and contextual debates within the Action. Check out the papers on our webpage:

  • “Conceptualising Conflict Transformation as Forms of Peace-building to take in Slow Memory”, Sara Dybris McQuaid for WG 4
  • “Beyond Events Only? Processes of Conflict Transformation and Memory Politics/Slow Memory after Conflict”, Orli Fridman and Vjeran Pavlaković for WG 2 and 4
  • “Process, Structure, Intervention: Notes on Eventful Environmental Memory”, Hanna Teichler for WG 5

Changes in Working Group Leadership
There are a few changes to report in terms of Working Group leadership. We welcome Marileen La Haije(new Co-Chair of WG2) and thank Steve Brown and for his work! In addition, Lucy Bond will take up the role of Co-Chair of WG5 as part of a planned rotation of leadership, and we are very grateful to Rick Crownshaw for his efforts over the last year. You can find more information about the Slow Memory core group here.

Slow Memory Podcast
We started to record soundbites for our Podcast during our First Annual Meeting on Portland last year, and will continue to do so throughout this second Action year. Each Working Group will be asked to contribute to the Podcast at some point; your Working Group leaders will keep you informed about the process.

We are looking for a Social Media Officer!
Are you an avid social media user and enjoy posting systematically about research and events? Join the Slow Memory Core Group! We are looking for someone who plans this Action’s social media strategy and post regularly on all channels. You would primarily work with Hanna Teichler and Frédéric Clavert, and with the leadership team as well. Interested? Send an email to Hanna Teichler

News to share?
Do you have information to share about a Call, a Conference, or Positions? Do not hesitate to contact Hanna Teichler and Frédéric Clavert, Co-Chairs of Working Group

With our thanks and best regards,

Jenny Wüstenberg & Joanna Wawrzyniak (Action Co-Chairs)

Hanna Teichler & Frédéric Clavert (Communication and Dissemination)

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