Moving Image Memory Cultures

Summer School
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam, Brandenburg Center for Media Studies
Postdam, 24-28 September 2018
Deadline: 3 June 2018

SUMMER SCHOOL

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The innovative core of the international Summer School lies in its conceptual intertwining of two defining phenomena of current and recent times. These are, on the one hand, the memory boom that swept western societies in the last third of the 20th century, and, on the other hand, the growing public presence of moving images that occurred in the course of the 20th century, and again more recently and more forcefully with digitization. Essential to this undertaking is an interdisciplinary exchange which also incorporates media practices.
The memory boom led to an accentuated preoccupation in Cultural Studies with concepts such as trauma or nostalgia, and the creation of new terms such as memory culture, which has come to define public, non-academic interaction with the past. Few voices have attempted to relate the potentially fundamental impact of moving images, with their strategies for emotionalizing, personalizing and visualizing the past, to the paradigm shift from “history” to “memory”. The role moving images play within cultural memory processes still remains a desideratum. The basic idea of the Summer School is to investigate this role.

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