Materialities of Postcolonial Memory
This conference is the annual workshop of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) of the University of Amsterdam. This year, the focus of the workshop is on key debates around actual themes in the public sphere, such as colonial legacy, the slavery past, migration and the materiality of postcolonial heritage.
The Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture
AHM fosters a dynamic, interdisciplinary and transnational research of heritage and memory, organizes PhD training, seminars, reading groups, workshops, public debates, and international conferences, and stimulates scholarly cooperation in an international setting.
The school brings together researchers working in diverse areas and fields heritage and memory studies, cultural studies, museum studies, archaeology and material culture, art history, media, conservation and restoration, archival studies, digital humanities, postcolonial and performative studies, religious studies, music and theatre studies, conflict and identity studies, Slavonic languages and cultures, Holocaust and genocide studies, European memory studies, Middle Eastern studies, and cultural, public and oral history.
The confirmed keynote speakers are:
Prof. Ann Stoler (Columbia University)
Ann Laura Stoler is Willy Brandt Distinguised University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York City. She holds a PHD in anthropology from Columbia University. She is known in the field of colonial studies for her writings about the treatment of race in the works of French philosopher Michel Foucault. Stoler has worked on issues of colonial governance, racial epistemologies, and the sexual politics of empire. Her regional focus has been Southeast Asia. Colonial cultures, critical race theory, gender studies, political economy, and historical methodologies are her current interests.
Prof. Lynn Meskell (Stanford University)
Lynn Meskell is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University, former Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center, and Honorary Professor at the Rock Art Research Institute in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology. Currently she is conducting an institutional ethnography of UNESCO World Heritage, tracing the politics of governance and sovereignty and the subsequent implications for multilateral diplomacy, international conservation, and heritage rights.
Prof. Nikita Dhawan (Innsbruck University)
Nikita Dhawan is Professor of Political Science (Political Theory and Gender Studies) and Director of the Research Platform Gender Studies: “Identities – Discourses – Transformations” at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She is also Director of the “Frankfurt Research Center for Postcolonial Studies”, Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. Her research focuses on transnational feminism, global justice, human rights and democracy and decolonization in which she analyses the historical, economical, social-political and cultural connections between Europe and the post-colonial world.
Prof. Wayne Modest (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Wayne Modest is the Head of the Research Center for Material ulture, the research institute of the Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Africa Museum and professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies at the VU University Amsterdam. His research interests include issues of belonging and displacement, material mobilities, histories of (ethnographic) collecting and exhibitionary practices, difficult or contested heritage, with a special focus on slavery, colonialism and post-colonialism, and Caribbean Thought. More recently he has been researching heritage and citizenship in Europe with special attention for urban life, and ethnographic museums and questions of redress and repair.
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The conference fee is €40 for employed academics and €15 for students. Speakers are expected to arrange accommodation and transport on their own; we will offer suggestions for hotels and other practical information soon.
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