Past Times, Presently

There are several ways to classify memory – be it “Individual” or “Collective” as by Maurice Halbwachs, “Social” as by James Fentress and Chris Wickham or “Cultural” as by Jan and Aleida Assmann. Memory, however, has a wide array of expressing itself; the one most notable, and also most subtle, is that of material culture. Material culture may be widely perceived as objects, symbols or places, yet in order to be fully able to comprehend the underlying meaning, one has to be part of the memorial tradition and memorial circle associated with the said expressions of material culture, an aspect of memory highlighted by Pierre Nora in his “Places of Memory”.

We, Stefanie Schild (Hilden) and Daniel Brown (Cologne), are currently organising a range of sessions for the IMC 2018 that explore Material Culture as well as Landscapes and Places in light of the IMC 2018 special focus “Memory” and…

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