We are happy to announce that our keynote speakers  will be Marianne Hirsch and Mirta Kupferminc. They will have a conversation  Postmemory and the Arts of Witness.


Marianne Hirsch

Marianne Hirsch writes about the transmission of memories of violence across generations, combining feminist theory with memory studies in global perspective. Her recent books include The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust (2012); Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory (2010) and School Photos in Liquid Time: Reframing Difference (2019), both co-authored with Leo Spitzer; and the co-edited volume Women Mobilizing Memory (2019). Hirsch teaches Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at Columbia University in New York and is a former President of the Modern Language Association of America as well as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Mirta Kupferminc

Mirta Kupferminc is an Argentine multidisciplinary artist, who was born in Buenos Aires, daughter of Auschwitz survivor parents, mother from Hungary and father from Poland. The history of exile and migration of her parents marked her life and art. Lecturer and teacher. Exhibiting since 1977, had more than 100 solo shows. Received many local and international awards and recognitions. Mirta built the memorial to honor the victims of the terrorist attack of the Jewish Community building AMIA in Buenos Aires in 1994. She searches into her family history in order to draw out of these sources metaphors that go beyond the peculiarities of individual experience. Her recurrent topics are identity, memory, migrations, human rights and language. She launched in 2015 and is the current director of LABA-BA: a laboratory for Jewish Culture in Buenos Aires, as part of the LABA global net in NYC, East Bay, Berlin, Toronto and Buenos Aires NYC.


            Deadline for Proposals:                      12 February 2021

Organizer: InMind Support

Scientific Committee:

Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland

Professor Polina Golovátina-Mora - Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Colombia)

Coined by Marianne Hirsch in the 1990s, the term postmemory by now entered various disciplines who search to understand how memory form our identity and how we position, articulate or just make sense of our place in the society and our relations with it. The term postmemory problematizes the concept of memory by bringing attention to the memories that are not exactly personal but that keep on shaping one’s life and one’s  way of seeing the world.

       During this year’s conference we would like to concentrate on the phenomena of postmemory and how it keeps on shaping the contemporary world.

  We are interested in all aspects of postmemory: in its individual and collective dimensions, in the past and in the present-day world, and in its potential to direct the future. Whose memory is postmemory: that of generations, communities, nations or families? How is it maintained and passed on? What is the role of imagination in its creation? What is remembered and what is forgotten? Is it always the memory of traumatic experience? How can it be taught and studied? These are some of the questions that inspired the idea of the conference.

      We would like to explore the phenomenon of postmemory in its multifarious manifestations: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, economic, political, and many others. As usual, we also want to devote considerable attention to how these phenomenon appears in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: anthropology, history, psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, law, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, cognitive sciences, and urban studies, to name a few.

  Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical inquiries, problem-oriented arguments or comparative analyses.

  We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral and graduate students.

      We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

  Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

I.  Individual experiences

·  Postmemory and trauma

·  Postmemory and recovery

·  Postmemory and imagination

·  Postmemory and artefacts

·  Postmemory and personal memories

II.  Collective experiences

·  Postmemory and its sources

·  Postmemory and mythology

·  Generational postmemory

·  Postmemory and social non-acceptance

·  Postmemory and solidarity

·  Postmemory and territory

III.  Remembering and Forgetting

·  Postmemory and forced forgetting

·  Postmemory and forced remembering

·  Teaching postmemory

·  Negotiating postmemory

·  Studying postmemory

·  Forgetting/remembering for recovery

·  Postmemory and its purpose

·  Postmemory and allegiances 

IV.  Representations

·  Testimonies and memories

·  Genres of Postmemory

·  Postmemory in literature

·  Postmemory in film

·  Postmemory in theatre

·  Postmemory in visual arts

·  Creating as experience

·  Postmemory and urban planning

·  Postmemory and urban art

·  Rural Postmemory

·  Postmemory in the nature

·  Materialism of postmemory

·  Nonhuman postmemory

V.  Feelings and Practices

·  Sadness of postmemory

·  Fear of postmemory

·  Postmemory and nostalgia

·  Postmemory and grief

·  Postmemory and loneliness

·  Postmemory and change

·  Living postmemory

·  Rituals of postmemory

VI.  Institutionalization

·  Postmemory and nation-state

·  Postmemory and identity politics

·  Postmemory and ideology

·  Postmemory and religion

·  Postmemory and punishment systems

·  Postmemory and army

·  Postmemory and school

·  Postmemory and museums

·  Monuments of postmemory

·  Sites and cities of postmemory

·  Economy of postmemory

·  Language of postmemory

VII.  The Contemporary World

·  Postmemory and postcomunism

·  Postcolonialism, decolonization      and postmemory

·  Neoliberalism and postmemory

·  Postmemory and migration

·  Postmemory and globalization

·  Postmemory and nationalism

·  Postmemory and new media

·  Postmemory and political correctness

·  Postmemory and natural disasters

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 12 February 2021 to: conferencememory@gmail.com


Confirmation of acceptance will be sent by 15 February 2021.

The conference language is English.



As our online conference will be international, we will consider different time zones of our Participants.


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