Women Mobilizing Memory: Collaboration and Co-Resistance -- A Workshop, Art Exhibit, and Conference

In the context of its fourth international working group meeting, Women Mobilizing Memory presents an art exhibition and a conference. The public is cordially invited.

 
 
ART EXHIBITION: "COLLABORATIVE ARCHIVES: CONNECTIVE HISTORIES"
 
Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, September 7-18, 2015.  
 
New York artists Susan Meiselas, Lorie Novak, Simone Leigh, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed;
Berlin-based Armenian artist Silvina der Meguerditchian;
Santiago-based artist Paz Errázuriz;
and Istanbul artists Aylin Tekiner and the Truth Justice Memory Center.
Co-curators Isin Önol and Katherine Cohn.
 
Opening Reception, September 8, 5-7 p.m. 
 
Artists’ Roundtable, Moderated by Carol Becker, Dean of the School of the Arts
7:30 – 9 p.m., East Gallery, Buell Hall.
 
 
 
CONFERENCE
 
Buell Hall, Columbia University, September 10, 2015 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 
Examining the politics of cultural memory from the perspective of social difference, this international conference will analyze strategies by which artists, scholars and activists have succeeded in mobilizing the memory of political and social violence to promote redress, social justice, and a democratic future. The conference features members of a multi-year transnational and interdisciplinary working group that is bringing to New York discussions generated in Chile and Turkey. Roundtables will address protest actions and their efficacy, ranging from the “Saturday Mothers” to “Black Lives Matter;” strategies for mobilizing political action around memory sites in Istanbul, Santiago and New York; and the ways in which lives touched by political violence and social death can be reanimated through writing and art. Exploring resonances and connections among divergent histories of violence, the conference will also explore the limits of such comparative work, while attempting to forge a feminist practice of solidarity and co-resistance. 
 

 

9:30 a.m.

Coffee

Remarks

Safwan Masri

Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development

 

9:45 a.m.

Introductions

Marianne Hirsch, Jean Howard, Diana Taylor

Women Mobilizing Memory Co-directors

 

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.                  

PERFORMANCES OF PROTEST

Alisa Solomon, Columbia Journalism School, Moderator

Meltem Ahiska, Sociology, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Nancy Kricorian, Writer and Activist

Diana Taylor, Performance Studies, NYU

Andrea Crow & Alyssa Greene, Graduate Students, Columbia

Carla Shedd, Sociology and African-American Studies, Columbia

 

12- 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Exhibit Viewing

 

1:30- 3:30 p.m.

MOBILIZING MEMORY SITES: SANTIAGO, ISTANBUL, NEW YORK

Andreas Huyssen, German and Comparative Literature, Columbia, Moderator

Ayse Gul Altinay, Anthropology and Gender Studies, Sabanci University, Istanbul

Bürge Abiral, Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins University

Maria José Contreras, Theater School, Catholic University, Santiago

Deborah Willis, Photography and Imaging, NYU

Nicole Gervasio, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia

Marita Sturken, Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

 

3:30 – 4 p.m.

Coffee Break

 

4 – 6 p.m.

COLLABORATIVE ARCHIVES: CONNECTIVE HISTORIES

Saidiya Hartman, English and Comparative Literature, Moderator

Hazel Carby, African-American  and American Studies, Yale

Milena Grass, Theater School, Catholic University, Santiago

Dilara Caliskan, Graduate Student, Sabanci University, Istanbul

Kellie Jones, Art History, Columbia

Leo Spitzer, History, Dartmouth College

 

6 - 7 p.m.

WISHING TREE COMMEMORATIVE PUBLIC EVENT

 

Co-Sponsors:
Columbia University Seminars; School of the Arts; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Columbia Global Centers; Oral History Research Office; Heyman Center for the Humanities; Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society; Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; Department of English and Comparative Literature; Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies; Armenian Center; Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Institute for the Study of Human Rights; Barnard Center for Research on Women;  The Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics; New York State Council for the Humanities; and Sabanci University.