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HGMS Graduate Student Conference. Voices of Memory Performance as Capstone Event

Event Type
The Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies
106 Main Library (and Lucy Ellis Lounge for Lunch) or see below for Zoom Link
Mar 25, 2022   9:00 am - 5:00 pm  
Jewish Culture & Society
Originating Calendar
Jewish Culture and Society

for online participation, please join the zoom session at:

Meeting ID: 863 2948 9406
Password: 572707

9 – 10 am, Here, There, and Nowhere: Emplacing Memory in the Present
Zach Simon, “Place and Memory in Poetry”
Savannah Block, “The National and Local Positionality of UIUC’s Center for Writing Studies: A Semi-Oral History” (via video)
Adele Isyanamanova, “Emancipation Park and The Shadowcatcher: Themes of Grief and Celebration in Black Commemorative Landscapes”
Respondent: Dilara Caliskan
10 – 10:15 am, Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:30 am, Almost, Elsewhere, Meanwhile: Precarious Subjects and Postponed Pasts
Finola McMahon, “Queer Geosemiotics: Queering the Map and the Creation of Community Memory”
Laura Olbrich, “Haunted by Hanau, Haunted by History: The Precarity of (Non-White) Lives in the German Context”
Basil O Agu, “The future of Biafra Nostalgia: A Criticism of Boym’s Typology”
Azlan Smith, “Shadowtide: Hiding, Finding, and Memory in a Queer Manuscript”
Respondent: Ragini Chakraborty
11:30 – 11:45 am, Coffee Break
11:45 – 1:00 pm, Unearthing the Unearthly: Grief, Gravity, and Commemoration
Calandra Warren, “Embodied Theology, Impossible Grief: Memory, Loss, Mourning, & Melancholy in Toni Morrison’s Paradise
Taisuke Wakabayashi, “Kant, Biopolitics, and Care Ethics: In the event of HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States”
Michael Knierim, “Rituals of Remembrance and Forgetting in Greco-Roman Epics of the Argonauts”
Kaleb Ostraff, “(Mis)Archiving the Archive”
Respondent: Claire Branigan

 1 – 1:45 pm, Lunch Break

1:45 – 3:00 pm, What Memory Forgot: Ethics and Others in a Dis/oriented Past
Felix Ayandobe, “‘Rhineland Bastards’ and the Memory of Transnational Racial Discrimination in Hans Massaquoi’s Destined to Witness
Amelia Ino, “The Implicated Reader: Negotiating responsibility in settler colonial legacies in Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach
Jean Carlos Valentin Velilla, “(Dis)orienting Pedagogical Memory: The Specter of Queer Women in Roald Dahl’s Matilda
Naomi Ellis, “The (Im)possibility of Apology: Japan’s ‘Impenitence’ and the Problem of Mourning After Defeat”
Respondent: Naomi Taub
3 – 4:00 pm, Voices of Memory, Azlan Smith and team
4 – 5:00 pm, Screen Memories: Identity and Narrative Ambivalence in Global Cinema
Eliot Chen, “The Perverse Desires of East Asian Modernities: Ugetsu and The White-Haired Girl in the Mid-Twentieth Century”
Nubras Samayeen, "Post-71: photographic ambivalences, archives, and the construction of a national identity of Bangladesh"
Miya Moriwaki, “Unearthing Narrative Intersections: Grounds for Decolonial Solidarities and a Place-Based Study of History”
Respondent: Claire Baytas

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