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.
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.
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.
Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development
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
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, Graduate Student, Columbia
Marita Sturken, Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
3:30 – 4 p.m.
4 – 6 p.m.
INTIMATE ARCHIVES: POLITICAL VIOLENCE
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.
The Women Creating Change initiative of Columbia University's Center for the Study of Social Difference; Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics; Columbia University Seminars; School of the Arts; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Columbia Global Centers; Center for Oral History; 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; Institute for Research in African-American Studies; Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies; Armenian Center; Barnard Center for Research on Women; Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Institute for the Study of Human Rights; New York State Council for the Humanities; and Sabanci University.