On March 28th, Center for the Study of Social Difference Director and William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Marianne Hirsch addressed an audience of over 150 in Istanbul, Turkey on the subject of “Women Carrying Memory: Stateless Figures”. A co-director of the Women Mobilizing Memory working group, Professor Hirsch’s talk highlighted two recent memorial projects by feminist diasporic artists that explore the vicissitudes and vulnerabilities of exile and statelessness. The talk, which culminated in a Q&A session moderated by Ayşe Gül Altınay, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Sabancı University and Aylin Vartanyan, Lecturer at Bogazici University, was a response to the renewed monumentality of memory museums, memorials and commemorative rituals that perpetuate nationalism and ethnocentrism.
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