Memory & Contemporary: Public Sessions

Memory & Countermemory: Memorialization of an Open Future

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Monday, October 31 | Tempe campus pre-symposium event

2-5 p.m. | West Hall, room 135
Two Films & Discussion
The Conscience of Nhem En (2008) and A Film Unfinished (2010) will be shown in conjunction with Martin Beck Matuštík's Monday seminar on Memory (REL 598). Matuštík’s symposium presentation, “Un/Forgiving Memory & Counter/Redemptive Hope,” will discuss these films. The first film deals with a survivor-photographer from Tuol Sleng Prison in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, the second film is about the Nazi propaganda film made in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Friday, November 4 | West campus pre-symposium event

4-6:30 p.m. | The Kiva
Film & Discussion
Estamira (2004) will be shown in conjunction with Gabriele M. Schwab’s symposium presentation, “Emergent Subjectivities: Globalism, Ecology and Psychic Life in Marcos Prado's Estamira.

Marcos Prado about his two-hour documentary film: “I met Estamira while developing a photo documentary essay at a garbage dump in Rio de Janeiro, where she was working and living. I approached her asking if I could take her portrait. She consented and told me she had lots of ‘things’ to say to me: ‘my mission is to reveal and reclaim the truth’,
‘you are common, I am not’.”

Sunday, November 6 | Tempe campus

noon-1:45 p.m. | Memorial Union, Turquoise Room (220)
Public Session A: Filmic Prelude
"The Klezmatics – On Holy Ground"
Erik Greenberg-Anjou's 2010 documentary film on the rebirth of U.S.-East European-Yiddish musical memory

Monday, November 7 | West campus

4:30-7 p.m. | ArtsSpace West, University Center Building, room 228 and second floor terrace
Public Session B: Art Installations & Reception
“Call and Response” Student Memory Projects
curators:
Barry Moon Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University
Patricia Clark Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University
This show is a body of work produced by Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance students at the West campus working in digital media and audio in response to the Memory & Countermemory: Memorialization of an Open Future event and Project Humanities 2011 - The Humanities at a Crossroad: Perspectives on Place.

4:30-9:30 p.m. | University Center Building, La Sala
Nova Hall: Original Art from the Symposium Program
“Unwavering Faith, Unwavering Life” (2010) 8’x10’ symposium program and poster
“Tree of Change” 20"x16" (2011) Center for Jewish Studies Fall 2011 newsletter, front cover

5-5:30 p.m. | University Center Building, room 265-266
Recording Memory | presentation and sound recordings
Richard Lerman Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University
Since the 1980s, Richard Lerman has used self-built microphones to gather audio at the sites of human rights violations. He has recorded audio from extant structures, objects and plants at this site and has occasionally constructed site-specific windharps or other structures aswell. The recordings are often edited and give a sense of the import of each place while also providing a sonic memory for the listeners. As part of his presentation, Lerman will play pieces recorded at Auschwitz, Dachau and Manzanar.

7:30-8 p.m. | University Center Building, La Sala
Welcome and Introduction
Neal Lester Dean of Humanities, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Coordinator, Project Humanities 2011 | Arizona State University
Patricia J. Huntington Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University

8-9:30 p.m. | University Center Building, La Sala
Public Session C
moderator: Patricia J. Huntington Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University
Keynote Address
Disappearing History: Scenes of Trauma in the Theater of Human Rights*

Cathy Caruth
English and Comparative Literature | Cornell University

title change from: Literature in the Ashes of History

Tuesday, November 8 | West campus

4:30-9:30 p.m. | The Kiva
Nova Hall: Original Art from the Symposium Program
“Unwavering Faith, Unwavering Life” (2010) 8’x10’ symposium program and poster
“Tree of Change” 20"x16" (2011) Center for Jewish Studies Fall 2011 newsletter, front cover

5:30-9 p.m. | The Kiva
Public Session D: Crypto-Memory
Jubanos | film screening
43 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles

Parted Waters | play written by Robert Benjamin
One-hour dramatic reading performed by actors of the Arizona Jewish Theatre Company: Mark DeMichele, Michael Cortez, Andy Alcala, Jenn Taber. Producing director: Janet Arnold. Co-producer and fine arts specialist at West campus: Charles St. Clair.

Audience Discussion
moderator: Monica Casper Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University

panelists:
Arthur Sabatini Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University
Rabbi Yosef Garcia Cespedes Congregation Avdey Torah Hayah, Hispanic/Crypto Jewish Sefardí Synagogue
Jewish Theater Company actors
Janet Arnold Producing Director of “Parted Waters”
Martin Beck Matuštík Co-Director, Center for Critical Inquiry & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson Director, Center for Jewish Studies | Arizona State University

Wednesday, November 9 | West campus post-symposium cultural & public events

November 9 events made possible by:
Heritage & Memory: Sites of Transgenerational Trauma, Moral Reminders and Repair
Today’s sessions follow the annual “Eros Symposium” on Fletcher
Mall at the West campus: an afternoon of poetry, philosophy and other
readings performed by West campus faculty; Barrett, The Honors College
students at the West campus and other students.

3-3:45 p.m. | The Kiva
Post-Symposium Public Event I: Conversation with Gabriele M. Schwab
Regarding Haunting Legacies: Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma (Columbia UP, 2010):
an interview on Gabriele M. Schwab’s work is conducted by Martin Beck Matuštík

The faculty group in Philosophy, Rhetoric & Literature (PRL) and the Center for Critical Inquiry & Cultural Studies at the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences recently participated in a major interdisciplinary conference on Trauma Studies in October 2010. The Philosophy, Rhetoric & Literature faculty cluster held a faculty seminar on Gabriele M. Schwab’s Haunting Legacies in spring 2011. Martin Beck Matuštík is currently teaching a graduate course connected to the symposium theme. The themes for this interview emerge from the PRL faculty reading salon on Schwab’s work. The edited transcript of the conversation will be included in the volume of essays from the 2010 Trauma Studies conference (eds. Monica Casper and Eric Wertheimer).

4-4:45 p.m. | The Kiva
Post-Symposium Public Event II: Roundtable with symposium speakers
moderators:
Patrick Bixby Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University
Patricia J. Huntington Division of Humanities, Arts & Cultural Studies | Arizona State University
The post-symposium roundtable on Memory & Countermemory with Lewis R. Gordon, Berel Lang, Abdul R. JanMohamed, Sarah Pessin, Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Gabriele M. Schwab, and others.
Audience participation is welcome.

5-6 p.m. | The Kiva
Post-Symposium Public Event III: Children of Fire, Children of Water
Simon J. Ortiz and Gabriele M. Schwab will read from their joint unpublished book and moderate their session.

This project is unpublished as a whole, with the exception of two sections in the following: “Imaginary Homeland Security: The Internalization of Terror,” pp. 79-95, America and the Misshaping of a New World Order, Eds. Giles Gunn and Carl Gutierrez-Jones, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 2010; “Memory Is Key,” pp. 68-81, The Kenyon Review, Fall 2008, Vol. XXX, No. 4, Gambier, OH.

This post-symposium project is sponsored by a 2011-2012 seed grant from the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at Arizona State University. Project Director: Martin Beck Matuštík, Lincoln Professor of Ethics & Religion. Project members: Patricia Huntington, Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies and Eric Wertheimer, Professor of English.

Thursday, November 10 | Tempe campus post-symposium public event

noon-1:30 p.m. | Coor Hall, room 4403
Heterophelia, Identity Politics, and the Unconscious Contract | Religious Studies Forum
Abdul R. JanMohamed

sponsored by the Faculty of Religious Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies