The Aesthetics of Memory

Network seminar

September 30-October 1, 2011

University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Vej 1
2300 København S
Building 21, 1st floor, room 18 (21.1.18)

The second network seminar bears the title The Aestetics of Memory and proposes to discuss exactly this: how does memory present itself in different aesthetic guises and how are we to understand the implications of different aesthetic renderings and manifestations of memory.

The seminar will consist of four panel sessions each devoted to a particular problem relating to this overall theme.

If you are interested in participating, please send a note to

Program outline

September 30

12.00-12.30  Welcome and lunch

12.30-14.30 First panel: In the ruins of memory

Speakers: Kasper Green Krejberg, Henning Goldbæk, Anders Michelsen and Henrik Reeh

Moderator: Jacob Lund

14.45-15.25  Project presentations by new ph.d. students

Speakers: Ane Martine Lönneker and Theis Vallø Madsen

Moderator: Frederik Tygstrup

15.25            Coffee

15.40-16.40     Second panel: Filming memory

Speakers: Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeldt and Mads Anders Baggesgaard

Moderator: Henrik Reeh

16.40               Drinks and discussions

19.00               Dinner

Restaurant RizRaz, Kompagnistræde 20


October 1

9.30-11.30    Third Panel: On the limits of narrative coherence

Speakers: Sara Tanderup, Johanne Bøndergaard, Erin La Cour and Stefan Iversen

Moderator: Mads Rosendal Thomsen

11.30-12.30     Lunch

12.30-14.30     Fourth panel: Trauma and Aesthetics

Speakers: Martin Baake-Hansen, Mads Rosendal Thomsen and Jacob Lund

Moderator: Stefan Iversen

14.45-15.15     Plenary discussions and farewell

Panel descriptions

On the limits of narrative coherence

The dominant traditions in the forms and functions of narrative may crudely be divided into two groups: classical narratology, dealing with the forms of (fictive) narratives; and a set of approaches, which, under headings such as narrative sociology and narrative identity, discuss the functions of (non-fictive) narrative. In this panel we wish to highlight some of the aesthetic effects of memory narratives that in one way or another, either for strategic or symptomatic reasons, come up short of narrative coherence, discussing a "broken narrative"-aesthetics, which seems to be widely represented in memory narratives as traumatic memories, diasporic experiences and complex patterns of forgetting are often dealt with in these forms.

Organizers Johanne Bøndergaard and Stefan Iversen


Filming memory

The relationship between film and memory goes back to the birth of moving images. And the inherent promise and inevatable failure to preserve the past in the filmic medium has been at the heart of theoretical discussions of film ever since. This panel proposes to discuss the continued role of film in the reflection and production of memory in a globalized world, including the uses of moving images in new media, documentary and artistic film production and the

Organizer Mads Anders Baggesgaard


Trauma and aesthetics

The representation of traumatic events, not least genocides, is often considered to have other limits for aesthetic representation than other subjects. At the same time there is an imperative of making strong representations of events that should not be forgotten. The balance between aesthetic taboos and aesthetic necessity will be explored in this panel.

Organizers: Mads Rosendal Thomsen and Jacob Lund

For questions or queries please contact Mads Anders Baggesgaard